KESS Research Research Masters Scholarship 2013 – 14 Life Cycle Assessment of Anaerobic Digestion Business Models

Title of research project: Life Cycle Assessment of Anaerobic Digestion Business Models

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

Title of research project: Life Cycle Assessment of Anaerobic Digestion Business Models

Specific objectives are to:

  • Collate technical specifications and performance data for a number of AD units of different types (fed by manure, food-processing waste, food waste, abattoir waste and purpose grown crops);
  • Run and adapt the AD LCA tool with real data from these AD units;
  • Determine the net environmental effect of these different types of AD unit;
  • Identify options to optimise the environmental performance of these AD units;
  • Identify opportunities for Footprints 4 Food to commercially exploit the LCA scenario tool.

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 end of November 2013. (Applicants need only apply, they do not need to secure a partner company)

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.

The closing date: 11/11/2013.

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 David Styles; Tel. 01248 38 2502

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