Funded Research Projects

Details of funded research topics can be found below.

  • The topics below are advertised with partial or full funding; please read the project description for full details
  • Applications are welcome from strong Home, EU and International students.
  • Specific details about each opportunity and how to apply can be found by clicking on the project title.
  • The closing date for applications is at 23:59 on the date specified.
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  • 2 available projects
    Title Key Info Director of study

    The role of BIM Level 3+ and associated data analytics and visualisation technologies in increasing energy efficiency in the built environment (Buildings and Infrastructure)

    Funding: DTA in Energy. Subject to satisfactory progress, the studentship will cover tuition fees (Home/EU/International) for four years and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for three years.

    Closing date: Wednesday, 30th May 2018

    Start date: 1st May 2018 (with the potential to defer to 1st October for the right candidate)

    People spend 90% of their lives in buildings, being responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the developed countries. Efficient consumption of resources, particularly the use of energy, represents a major challenge in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the strategic priorities of the European Union for 2030 include a reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 40% (compared to 1990 levels), an increase of energy efficiency of at least 27%, and the implementation of renewable energies of at least 27%.

    Additional research and innovation is necessary to overcome the barriers in achieving these targets. In the energy efficiency domain in particular, current developments adversely affect the probability of achieving the targeted outcomes. Innovative and intelligent visualisation, data analytics, augmented reality technologies integrated with BIM, FM, deep refurbishment and remodelling offer unprecedented opportunities to achieve energy reductions, raising awareness and easing interaction with the energy demanding systems.

    As a Teesside University research student, you will join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing you to share your experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. You will benefit from our academic expertise, and be supported through a strong programme of research training. You will be offered opportunities and support at each stage of your research degree.

    The studentship will be part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Energy, a postgraduate training initiative which builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of the University Alliance. The DTA aims to develop independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas and is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide initiative of its kind. There are currently three DTAs; Applied Biosciences for Health (launched 2015), Energy (launched 2016) and Social Policy (launched 2017). Teesside University will appoint two fully-funded studentships to the DTA Energy in 18/19.

    Please click here for further details of the application process, including the link to apply for this opportunity

    Funding route Fully funded


    Professor Nashwan Dawood

    Promotion and maintenance of physical activity in active women during pregnancy and early motherhood: an exploratory and pilot study

    Funding: Subject to satisfactory progress, the studentship will cover the tuition fees for four years (Home/EU/International) and an annual stipend for three years starting at £14,699 in the first year and rising each year.

    Closing date: Monday 30th April 2018

    Start date: 12th June 2018

    Pregnancy is a time of social, psychological, behavioural and biological change. Pregnant women are known to be less active than non-pregnant women and as pregnancy progresses physical activity tends to decrease. Lower activity levels persist into the postpartum period and beyond. Many intrapersonal, interpersonal or environmental factors influence physical activity including fatigue, mother-child safety, time constraints, lack of advice and information, beliefs about being active during pregnancy, social support and assess to facilities. Factors that can facilitate the involvement of women in physical activity during pregnancy and post-partum have also been identified, such as: prenatal routine visits with healthcare practitioners, group activities, and safe and low-cost facilities.

    The focus of this PhD is to explore the common barriers and enablers of participation using a social ecological model. The PhD will: 1) develop a feasible and sustainable intervention to promote and maintain physical activity in pregnant and postpartum women who were active before pregnancy; and 2). develop a physical activity during pregnancy and postpartum training package to be delivered to healthcare professionals, sports clubs and University students in related areas.

    The PhD will require several work packages to be completed, including: a systematic review, a community needs assessments, a feasibility and a pilot study, a service evaluation and the development of a training package. The student will work closely with Nouveau Wellbeing community delivery partner, NHS foundation services, county sports partners, sports clubs and others community infrastructure-organisations.

    The PhD research has been co-produced with Nouveau Wellbeing CIC and is partially supported by Sport England- (funded through their programme ‘Helping the active stay active when life changes’). This is a multi-agency partnership that includes County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust and Durham County and Darlington Borough Councils. Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research is the academic partner and the supervisors for this PhD are all members of Fuse. The PhD candidate will work closely with this partnership during the development and implementation of the project.

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    Please click here for further details of the application process, including the link to apply for this opportunity

    Funding route Fully funded


    Dr Liane Azevedo