Fully funded PhD Studentship



Data Management and Information Systems in Financial Services

This is an opportunity to pursue policy and business orientated research at The School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

The Studentship is open to home/EU and international/overseas students. It will run for 3 years, from either October 2013 or January 2014, and it includes:

  • A fee waiver equivalent to the home/EU rate*
  • A stipend of £13,726 p.a. for three years

* Please note that international/overseas students will be required to find funding to cover the difference between home/EU fees.

About the project:

Inaccessible, incompatible and incomplete data and fragmented internal information systems are a major source of inefficiency in financial firms. They also prevent management and regulators understanding fully risks to both individual institutions and to the financial system.

The student will be part of a team at the Centre for Post-Crisis Finance, working with both industry and regulatory authorities, studying these problems and how best to address them. They will be registered as part of the Business PhD program at the School of Business and Economics.  They will be expected in their first year to write a literature review addressing the opportunities arising from adopting better information systems and the business, organisational and strategic reasons why the adoption of efficient information systems has been relatively slow in financial services when compared to other industries.

The subsequent research is expected to involve case study, interviews and survey work on specific business issues surrounding upgrading and standardisation of information systems in financial firms and financial services markets. While the exact focus of the research is yet to be determined the supervisors have a particular interest in flexible and agile approaches to the management of information systems, their application to cost reduction and quality improvement and use in risk management and regulation.

Supervisory team:

Professor Guy FitzGerald, Professor of Information Systems, School of Business and Economics

Professor Maximilian Hall, Professor of Banking and Financial Regulation, School of Business and Economics

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a strong academic record with a relevant first degree in an appropriate business, computing or information science discipline. Ideally they will also have some relevant professional experience. A post-graduate qualification is not necessary, but previous training in research methods will be an advantage as will relevant industry experience.

How to apply

Candidates are requested to submit:

  • An application form
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in, and aptitude for, the topic of this research project. In particular we would like to learn about:
  1. Why you are attracted to this particular research opportunity?
  2. What qualities you feel they can bring to the project?
  3. How does the studentship fit with you career aspirations?
  • 2-3 samples of writing or project work such as degree courseworks or dissertations, journal or conference article
  • Two academic references.

For enquiries and details on how to apply please contact:

Tracey Preston

01509 228276

[email protected]

Please quote  SBECPCF1-13 on your application

Studentship application deadline: 15th July 2013

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, foreseen to take place soon after the closing date for applications.

For further details please contact: Professor Guy Fitzgerald [email protected]

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