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Call for Applications: Funded LLM and PhD Studentships at Kent Law School



Research at KLS
Kent Law School (KLS) invites applications for full time studentships, fee waivers and bursaries for research programmes commencing in 2016. Kent Law School was the 8th ranked UK Law School for Research Intensity in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise. It enjoys a pluralistic intellectual environment for research, in which traditional and critical legal scholarship, theoretical and empirical work, and interdisciplinary studies all flourish.

PhD Studentships and Fee Waivers for LLM by Research
PhD Studentships are being awarded by different funders: the University of Kent (UoK); Kent Law School (KLS); the Economic and Social Research Council via the South East Doctoral Training College (ESRC-DTC), and the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts, South East (CHASE). Any funding will be available for one year in the first instance, and extended for a second and third year providing verifiable progress has been made (in teaching and research). Unless otherwise indicated successful applicants for the studentships will receive a maintenance grant equivalent to that currently offered by the ESRC (£14,057 in 2015/16) and a fee grant which will fully cover tuition fees paid at the Home/EU rate. Those awarded a UoK or KLS studentship may be expected to do some teaching on an undergraduate law module, at the direction of the Head of School. Some bursaries (for example, reducing the Overseas fee to Home/EU rate) may also be available.

For those who intend to undertake an LLM by Research, KLS invites applications for the Larry Grant Scholarship and also offers a number of fee waivers.

Applicants are expected to submit a high quality research proposal which addresses issues such as the current state of debate in their chosen field, their proposed research questions, the research methodologies they hope to use to address these research questions, and any other information they deem relevant. Each applicant should demonstrate how their research will contribute to existing debates in their field, as well as how the candidate will contribute to our vibrant postgraduate community at KLS. It is expected that successful applicants will undertake their studies in areas of existing research strength of the School. We particularly welcome research proposals in socio-legal studies, law and the humanities, and critical legal studies.

Click here for research specialisations of: http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/research/research-interests/index.html

Facilities for Research Students
At present KLS has in excess of 90 postgraduate research students, comprising a lively and integrated postgraduate research community.

Those appointed to research studentships are provided with computing facilities and shared office facilities. There is also substantial annual funding available, within determined limits, including for those PhD students without studentships, to attend conferences and present their research. The community of postgraduate students is provided with a common room and a facilitator to help them present, explore and develop their research ideas within a supportive community of their peers. They also take a compulsory research methods module, together with an anchor workshop offered by the Graduate School as part of their Transferable Skills Programme. Many students also participate in regular reading groups.

How to Apply:
Applicants should normally have obtained, or be about to obtain an undergraduate degree at a high Upper Second Class Honours level (2:1 or equivalent from other countries), or a postgraduate degree with Merit or Distinction. The application procedure is conducted through an online process, via: http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/research/entryreq-research.html

Along with their application, candidates should supply a research proposal of no more than 1500 words (excluding bibliography), as well as a sample of their written work (not exceeding 4,000 words – longer texts will not be read).

For more details see the relevant webpage: http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/research/KLS_research_funding.html

Informal enquiries may be directed to:
Dr Donatella Alessandrini or Dr Emily Grabham
Directors of Postgraduate Research
Kent Law School
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS

E-mail: klspgstudentships@kent.ac.uk

 Closing date for applications: see website.

Two Postdoctoral Research Positions @ Kent Law School

Attention early career scholars! Here is an exciting opportunity from Kent Law School:  2 X 2 year postdoctoral posts for independent interdisciplinary research.

The deadline for applications is November 22. 

From the job posting:

Are you an early career scholar, carrying out ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in law?Kent Law School are offering a unique opportunity for 2 Postdoctoral Researchers to join their school. These posts are open to applicants in all social sciences and humanities disciplines, whose research is relevant to work carried out at Kent Law School.
You will conduct independent, ground-breaking interdisciplinary research; publish high-quality publications in your domain of expertise; apply for external funding and participate in the academic and community life of the Law School. You will also receive support from an experienced mentor.These positions are offered on a full time basis for a fixed term period of 2 years.
To be a Postdoctoral Researcher you will need to:

  • Develop and conduct high quality independent interdisciplinary research
  • Apply for external grant funding
  • Extend, transform and apply interdisciplinary knowledge acquired from research, through activities including public engagement, internationalisation, and internal and external collaboration.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Track record of excellent, independent interdisciplinary research
  • An excellent record of publications commensurate with career
  • A well-defined and original research and personal development plan

Kent Law School

Law degrees have been taught at Kent since 1967, and over the years the Law School (KLS) has established a reputation for critical innovation in legal education and research. While our modules and programmes are fully engaged with doctrinal analysis, much of our teaching and research also seeks to address the social, historical, economic and political contexts within which law operates.

KLS has seen significant expansion in recent years. There are now around 1600 students studying on law programmes, including about 220 on 10 different LLM programmes, and up to 50 postgraduate research students. There are currently 55+ academics, including 15 professors. There are also 25 support staff within the School, as well as a Law Librarian and additional library staff devoted to law.

Further Information

Start date for applications: 23 October 2015

Closing date for applications: 22 November 2015

Interviews are to be held: 9 December 2015

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Caren Ward on c.s.ward@kent.ac.uk.

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a summary document. Your summary should provide clear evidence and examples demonstrating where you meet the essential criteria for the post. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

In addition, please also submit a substantive piece of writing, indicative of your research. This should normally be a journal article or book chapter, but may also be a chapter from your PhD.

See here for the original posting with links to the full job description.

What are you waiting for?


Jobs at University of Kent Law

Lots more information at the links.  Vibrant feminist community at this school makes this an intriguing and attractive opportunity.
H/T Doris Buss via Professor Rosemary Hunter, Acting Head of Kent Law School.  I will happily post other tenure stream job listings or opportunities for grad students,  particularly those with relevance to this blog, but you may have to be patient and/or remind me.  Email me at slawrence atsign osgoode dot yorku dot ca).  UNB is also hiring, see links here.

Two professorial posts


Kent Law School has been granted strategic funding to make two new professorial appointments in order to deepen and extend our existing vibrant research profile, ….develop our postgraduate (including postgraduate research) programmes.

The primary criterion for the posts is research excellence and we invite applications from suitably qualified applicants specialising in any area of law.


and one clinic solicitor/barrister position

The Kent Law Clinic has two objectives – to provide a legal service to local people who need such a service but cannot afford to pay for it, and to enhance the legal education of students in the Kent Law School through enabling them to work on live cases and projects. The focus, in educational terms, is on developing students’ knowledge and understanding of the law, and on the development of their critical faculties. The post will be based at the Canterbury campus, and there are also weekly evening advice sessions at 5 outreach locations (with volunteer lawyers). The role of the Clinic Solicitor/Barrister is to engage in the provision of free legal services to local people, who need such services, and to supervise students in doing so, and to assist students to reflect critically on the law and its operation in practice.