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PhD Studentship in the Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology
Faculty of Medicine and Health
University of Leeds
Two PhD studentships within the UK Colorectal Cancer Intelligence Hub
Funding: Cancer Research UK
Supervisors: Dr Amy Downing, Prof Eva Morris and appropriate members of the
multidisciplinary UK Colorectal Cancer Intelligence Hub Investigator team will supervise the
successful candidates. The most appropriate supervisory team will be selected for the
students based on their area of interest and the PhD topic they choose.
Two full time PhD studentships are available for UK and EU citizens only. Cancer Research
UK sponsorship includes a generous tax free stipend (currently £19,000 for 2016/17) for up
to 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress and will cover the UK/EU tuition fees. The
standard period of study for this PhD is 3 years, however the funding will also support
successful candidates for an additional 12 months during their writing up period, up until their
thesis deadline.
Applications are welcomed from those who have, or are expected to obtain, a first or upper
second class honours degree in a relevant discipline, and who are highly committed to
pursuing a PhD in applied cancer research.
Candidate whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English
language is sufficient to meet the specific demands of their study, the Faculty minimum
requirements are:
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British Council IELTS - score of 6.5 overall, with no element less than 6.0
TOEFL iBT - overall score of 92 with the listening and reading element no less than
21, writing element no less than 22 and the speaking element no less than 23.
Research Projects:
Each year in the UK around 41,000 people are diagnosed with the disease and 16,000 die
from it. It is estimated that detecting and managing the illness costs the NHS in excess of
£1.1 billion annually and, in parallel, the research community puts significant resource and
effort into understanding, detecting and managing the disease. Despite this investment,
survival rates are poor and there remain major variations in diagnosis, treatment and
outcomes.
It is recognised that high quality data are essential to improving outcomes. Good cancer
intelligence underpins patient choice, identifies and quantifies inequalities, improves the
cost-effectiveness and quality of services and supports cancer research. Unfortunately, the
availability of such high-quality cancer intelligence has been limited.
A new Cancer Research UK programme of research at the University of Leeds seeks to
rectify this by robustly linking and analysing multiple routine data sources to enable scrutiny
of colorectal cancer services. The Programme will securely and anonymously link together
routine datasets (from sources such as primary cancer registries, hospitals, screening
programmes, clinical trials, biobanks, social media, etc.) to generate a population-based
resource containing information on all individuals diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the UK.
These ‘big’ and ‘real world’ data offer enormous potential and will be exploited for numerous
studies that will provide evidence to:
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promote earlier diagnosis and reduce emergency presentations;
enhance the uptake and accuracy of screening programmes;
assess inequalities (in relation to age, sex, socioeconomic status, ethnicity etc.) at a
national and international level;
assess the quality of diagnosis and treatment;
quantify long-term consequences (mortality, morbidity and psychosocial) of the
disease and its treatment;
support precision medicine and clinical trials;
developing new methods to robustly assess cancer outcomes using routine data
use of new and novel datasets in the context of cancer research (e.g. social care,
consumer, social media, housing, pollution, energy, environment, transport)
We are able to offer 2 PhD studentships in 2017 within this programme of work. We are
looking for exceptionally high calibre students with an interest in using ‘big data’ to improve
cancer outcomes. The successful candidates will be able to select a project from within this
wide-ranging cancer intelligence programme that best suit their interests. These positions
offer an excellent opportunity to be at the forefront of cutting edge applied health research
funded by the largest independent cancer research charity in the world.
To discuss potential projects or just found out more about the studentships please contact
Amy or Eva from the study team in the first instance.
Dr Amy Downing – a.do[email protected] – 0113 206 8990
Prof Eva Morris – [email protected] – 0113 2026 8958
Research Environment
The studentships will be based within the multidisciplinary Institute of Data Analytics
(http://lida.leeds.ac.uk/) at the University of Leeds. From here they will be able to work in
partnership with scientists and clinicians in the Institute for Cancer and Pathology but also
with those from elsewhere in the Faculty of Medicine (e.g. Institutes of Health Sciences,
Clinical Trials Research) or wider University (e.g. Maths, Engineering, Geography) as
appropriate.
How to apply:
To apply for this scholarship applicants should complete a Faculty Scholarship Application
form and send this alongside a full academic CV, degree transcripts (or marks so far if still
studying) and degree certificates to the Faculty Graduate School [email protected]
We also require 2 academic references to support your application. Please ask your referees
to send these references on your behalf, directly to [email protected] by no later than
Friday 17 March 2017
If you have already applied for other scholarships using the Faculty Scholarship Application
form you do not need to complete this form again. Instead you should email
[email protected] to inform us you would like to be considered for this scholarship project.
Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to [email protected]
Closing date for this studentship is Friday 17 March 2017