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

KESS Research Masters Scholarship 2014 – 15: Is the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) effective at protecting water quality in the rivers of Wales?

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 as outlined below

Research project:

Rivers in the UK are regulated by the Water Framework Directive, new legislation that has imposed strict water quality standards. A number of sites in Wales are in breach of these standards and this project will determine whether discharges from sewage treatment works (STWs) are the principal cause. The work will involve travel to and sampling at a number of rivers in north and south Wales and analysis of a range of parameters, such as ammonia, turbidity and total phosphorus, in a laboratory. The project outcomes will assist Welsh Water when planning future investment in their STWs to meet water quality targets.

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 application process will be to complete and submit the KESS Participant Application and Eligibility Form which can be downloaded here. 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 the KESS project please contact Dr Penny Dowdney on 01248 382266 or  for specific academic queries please contact  Dr Christian Dunn

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