SCDTP Studentship - Cognitive processes in writing to learn University of Southampton, Southampton Education School United Kingdom

SCDTP Studentship - Cognitive processes in writing to learn

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14777 
(18/19 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 24 January 2019
Reference:  1079918CJ


Cognitive processes in writing to learn

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.


Supervisory Team:

1st: David Galbraith (, School of Education; 2nd: James Hall, School of Education; 3rd: External consultant/advisor (Veerle Baaijen, University of Groningen).


Writing plays a crucial role in modern society, not just as an important means of communication, but also as a tool for learning. This project is designed to test the claims of the dual-process theory of writing (Galbraith & Baaijen, 2018) about the processes involved in discovery through writing and their relationship with writing quality. It will assess the effects of different kinds of drafting strategy on learning from sources and investigate how these are moderated by individual differences in working memory capacity. The project will provide an exciting opportunity to learn advanced quantitative methods for modelling the writing process, and the findings will have important implications for the teaching of writing.


Skills Required

The student should be able to manage controlled experiments, show evidence of prior achievement in quantitative data analysis, and have experience of cognitive psychology.



South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (


Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at


Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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