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									Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship.
Leeds University Business School
Work and Employment Relations Division
Fully-Funded Collaborative Scholarship

Project title: ‘Disability discrimination and the recruitment process: responding to legal and technological

Applications are invited for a three year, full-time scholarship to undertake a research project entitled ‘Disability
discrimination and the recruitment process: responding to legal and technological developments.’ commencing 1st
October 2012. This project, which will be funded by Leeds University Business School, will be supervised by Dr. Liz
Oliver and Dr Jane Holgate of the Work and Employment Relations Division.

Description of the project

There exists significant ‘gap’ between levels of employment of disabled and non-disabled persons. Moreover
despite growing acknowledgement of the business benefits of equality and diversity within organisations, the
value of disabled talent is often overlooked. The focus of this study is recruitment and selection, these are
important ‘processes’ where discriminatory practices can be a key barrier to the participation of disabled workers
within paid employment. This project aims:
     To gain a greater understanding of the complex dynamics of disability discrimination in the context of
        contemporary approaches to recruitment.
     To explore ways in which recruitment processes can be made more enabling.
     To critically explore the role of ‘business led’ voluntary approaches in delivering equality in recruitment.
     To identify areas of good practice.

Project partner: The Clear Company
The Clear Company is an extremely successful organisation with more than a decade of experience and a track
record of assisting public and private sector companies and charities to achieve their full potential by improving
diversity in recruitment and talent management.

Eligibility criteria: This scholarship is open to UK / EU candidates.

Minimum academic requirements: standard entry requirements to the PhD Programme at Leeds University
Business School.

Value of award: Academic fees and a maintenance grant of £13,590* per annum (*subject to final confirmation).

Closing date for applications: 31st August 2012 (candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted within 4
weeks of the closing date)


1) PhD Application Form and Supporting Documents: Candidates must first complete the online PhD
   application form and upload the following documentation to the online system (alternatively all supporting
   documentation can be emailed direct to
       Certified copies of qualification certificates: For all your higher education (i.e. Bachelors Degree level and
        above) and professional qualifications.
     Certified copies of academic transcripts: For all your higher education qualifications (i.e. Bachelors
        Degree level and above). This is an official university list of the full set of marks contributing to the overall
        grade of your qualification.
     Sealed references: You should obtain academic letters of reference from two people who have taught you
        at Bachelors (or preferably) Masters level who are able to comment on your academic ability and
        suitability to study on the programme to which you are applying. References can be sent direct to the
        Research Office, Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, Leeds,
        LS2 9JT or emailed to us at References must be written on headed paper or bear
        the institution’s stamp / logo.
     English Language Certificate (EU Students): On all LUBS programmes a pass in an approved test in English
        is required for applicants whose first language is not English, the following recognised tests available
        internationally are:
        o IELTS, in which scores of at least 6.0 or more in each section and an overall score of 7.0 are required.
        o Internet based TOEFL (iBT), in which scores of at least 100 overall (with a required minimum in each
             section) are required. The minimum score required in each section of the test: Listening 22, Reading
             24, Speaking 24, Writing 25.
    EU students who have studied to degree level in a Country where English is the native language (i.e. UK, USA,
    Australia) within the last 2 years will be exempted from the above tests.
     CV

       Please contact us if you are disabled and need any adjustments throughout the recruitment process,
        including at interview. For example if you require any information in an alternative format (e.g. large
        print, Braille or audio) please email:

2) The Information you provide regarding your disability or long term health condition(s) in the equal
   opportunities form will only be used for the purpose of making adjustments to recruitment arrangements,
   will be held separately and will not form any part of the decision-making process about an offer of a PhD
   scholarship. If you are successful at interview any reasonable adjustments that would be required to enable
   you to carry out the doctoral research can be discussed after an offer has been made.

3) Scholarship Application Form: Candidates must also complete the scholarship application form and return to by the application deadline.

4) Interview: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview

5) Offer: Following the interview an offer will be made

Informal enquiries to Dr. Liz Oliver, email

Application enquiries to the Research Degree Admissions Officer, tel +44 (0) 113 343 4596, email

University Statement on Equality and Diversity

The University of Leeds is proud to be a multi-cultural community. We value diversity, and are determined to

       that we treat all individuals fairly, with dignity and respect;

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       that the opportunities we provide are open to all;
       that we provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment – for staff, for students and for visitors.

We recognise that we still have work to do to secure a truly inclusive community, and we are committed to a
wide-ranging plan of action to tackle discrimination and to promote diversity. For further information on our
commitment to promote equality, including advise and support for disabled staff please visit

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