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QUB / NORTHERN IRELAND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PhD RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP
Deadline: 12 April, 2021
Level of Study
Postgraduate Research
Country Group
EU, NI, ROI, GB
Funding Amount
The funded studentship may cover UK tuition fees, plus an enhanced DfE stipend, for a maximum of three years.
Application Status
Closed

Eligibility summary

  • Level of StudyPostgraduate Research

Overview

The School of Law is delighted to announce a PhD studentship, funded as a Collaborative Studentship by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and the Department of Justice (DoJ). The successful candidate will research the topic of ‘Sexual History Evidence in Northern Ireland Trials:  Prevalence, Impact and Reform’, spending part of their time on placement at DoJ as an integral part of their research.

Further Information

Title: A Critical Evaluation of the Admission of Sexual History Evidence in Northern Ireland Trials:  Prevalence, Impact and Reform

Summary: This research project has been co-designed with the Gillen Review Implementation Team. The project focuses on the recommendations in the 2019 Gillen Review relating to the admission of sexual history evidence in sexual offence trials, as governed by Article 28 of the Criminal Evidence (NI) order 1999. It seeks to address the lack of evidence-based research on this matter in NI through an analysis of case files.

The research will be guided by the following research questions:

  • What are the key controversies and debates as described in the literature to date on the law surrounding the admission of sexual history evidence?
  • What is the extent of article 28 applications regarding the admission of previous sexual experience in trials in NI?
  • To what extent is evidence of previous sexual history admitted in the absence of an article 28 application and how is such evidence handled within the trial context?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the reforms to law and policy in this area as set out in the 2019 Gillen Review?
  • In light of the empirical data, are further reforms needed in this area?

Requirements: The researcher should have sufficient knowledge of the social, legal and policy issues in relation to the law governing sexual history evidence and the 2019 Gillen Review, as well as experience of or knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods; this may emerge out of prior studies of or practice in law, but could similarly be demonstrated through study or work in other relevant fields.

Further information: Contact Dr Eithne Dowds (e.dowds@qub.ac.uk)  

Funding Towards

Tuition Fees, Living Costs / Stipend

Funding Body

Department for the Economy (DfE)

Funding Amount

The funded studentship may cover UK tuition fees, plus an enhanced DfE stipend, for a maximum of three years.

Number of Awards

1

Funding Body

Department for the Economy (DfE)

Terms and Conditions

ELIGIBILITY

  • UK residents: fees plus stipend. 
  • Other EU residents: fees only.
  • Please note this studentship is not available to international students.
  • Qualifications:

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the DfE Research Eligibility Guidance Notes

  • Study can only be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • An Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline, plus a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) with an average above 60%.
  • Applicants with an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline who are currently studying a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will also be considered.
  • Applicants with an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline plus evidence of ability to conduct independent and original research will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please see the DfE Research Eligibility Guidance Notes.

 

 

Eligibility

  • UK residents: fees plus maintenance. 
  • Other EU residents: fees only. 
  • Study can only be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • An Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline, plus a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) with an average above 60%.

  • Applicants with an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline who are currently studying a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will also be considered.

  • Applicants with an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline plus evidence of ability to conduct independent and original research will be considered on a case by case basis.

    Please note this studentship is not available to international students.

    For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the DEL Research Eligibility Guidance Notes.
Funding Type

Fee Status

EU, NI, ROI, GB

Country Group

EU, NI, ROI, GB

Study Level

Postgraduate Research

Start Date

Wed, 10 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT

Close Date

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 16:00:00 BST

Contact Us

For more information please contact:
Contact Dr Eithne Dowds (e.dowds@qub.ac.uk)  

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal including a curriculum vitae (CV) and a statement of up to 1,000 words.  In the statement, applicants should demonstrate their understanding of key concepts and literature regarding the law governing sexual history evidence and the recommendations made in the 2019 Gillen Review in respect of this issue, commenting on the research approaches and methods they would wish to use if awarded this studentship.

The closing date for applications is 12thth April 4pm

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (online) during April/May at a time and date to be arranged.

Candidates will be notified by the end of May of the outcome of their application.

Please insert the code LAWDOJ into the Funding section within your application form.