Deadline: 2014-10-10
Value of Scholarship: £10,130
Level Of Study: Masters

KESS Research Masters Scholarship 2014 – 15: Health implications of disinfection by-products in drinking water supplies

The full time one year studentship (theses must be submitted a maximum of 3 months after the funded one year study period) includes a tax-free maintenance stipend of £10,130 for 12 months, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances. A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company, during the period of the project. The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS scholar. More information on the studentship and application process can be found at

The KESS funding is to deliver the approved project outlined below

Research project:

This project will address the academic challenge of trying to understand whether current land use practices are impacting on disinfection by product formation with implications for human health. The work will compare DOC characterisation from different land uses in the catchment to that in the RAW water at the point of abstraction to ascertain whether certain areas of the catchment are having a greater influence on the potential health of consumers.  The results of this work will help inform decisions on catchment management. The inclusion of the yeast test system will enable us to correlate the DOC and THM composition of the field samples with molecular events affecting the integrity of the genetic information. The latter is a proxy for tumorigenic activities.

Qualifications and experience requirements for successful applicant. The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree, and be available to take up the studentship by the beginning of October 2014. (Applicants need only apply, they do not need to secure a partner company)

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Eligibility: To be eligible to participate in the KESS programme prospective students must be resident in the Convergence Area (West Wales and the Valleys) on application, and be able to work in the Convergence Area upon completion of the scholarship. The Eligibility Form is the first step in the application process and any applications which do not meet the above criteria will not be processed further.

How to apply: The first step in the process will be to complete and submit the KESS Participant Application and Eligibility Form available on the website. This form must be completed, signed and an original copy submitted to Caroline Barton, Senior Clerical Officer, KESS, Room E1.09, The Management Centre, College Road, Bangor, LL57 2DG You will receive a response regarding your eligibility within 5 working days of receipt of your form.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

For more information on KESS please contact Dr Penny Dowdney on 01248 382266 or  for specific academic queries please contact Dr Thomas Caspari

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