PhD Studentship Opportunity in Computing

Dr Hubert Shum (Senior Lecturer in Creative Media Technology) is currently advertising a fully funded PhD position in human motion analysis:

real time posture reconstruction for microsoft kinect by Hubert P H Shum

“Understanding human motion is a central key for different types of application including computer animations and games, gambling online games like maxbet where you can bet (e.g. character animation, motion-based gaming), motion evaluation (e.g. security monitoring, sports performance analysis) and medical engineering (e.g. movement disorder diagnosis, Parkinson’s disease modelling). This project aims at proposing a new algorithm to analyze human motion by taking advantage of the recent hardware advancement, and demonstrate its effectiveness in one or more of the mentioned application domains.”

The successful applicant will receive a bursary of £13,726/annum over 3 years. Dr. Shum will be the primary supervisor and the student will work on an agreed project with the expectation that they will receive a PhD from Northumbria University on successful completion of the degree.

Further information about Dr. Shum’s previous research projects can be found here:

Prospective applicants should have a 1st class honours undergraduate and/or a good masters degree in a relevant discipline.

It would be preferable if the applicant has a background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Computer programming
  • Human motion analysis
  • Computer graphics and animation

To apply, please use the University’s Research Application Form. Applications should be submitted to Karen Vacher, Senior Research Administrator, via email The deadline for applications is 24th January 2014.


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2013 Highlights Design

Post Grad Research CourseThe Arts and Humanities Research Council’s annual call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards was released earlier this month. CDAs are funded PhDs supervised jointly by an HEI and non-academic organisation – for more detail on how the scheme works please see this previous post.

Applications can be submitted to any area within AHRC’s remit, but this year there is a special highlight on Design, and in particular the role of Design in Innovation in partnership with SMEs in the service industry.

The final deadline for applications: 3rd October 2013. However, potential applicants should be aware that each HEI is capped at a maximum of 3 applications per HEI (assuming that one is for the Design highlight). Therefore, Northumbria may need to have an internal selection if there are more than 3 potential proposals.

If you are interested, please send brief expressions of interest to me, following the outline below by 16th August at the latest.

Internal expressions of interest:

Expressions of interest should be sent to me ( by 16th August. They should be brief (no longer than 2 sides of A4) and should include the following information:

  • Name of PI and any other co-applicants who will be contributing to the proposal;
  • Proposed title of the project;
  • How many studentships (applicants can apply for up to four linked studentships within a single application – this counts as one proposal in terms of our HEI cap);
  • Proposed research questions;
  • Name of the partner organisation and a short statement about the collaboration: what is the nature of the relationship, what benefits will this partner bring to the research in terms of student training opportunities, access to resources, knowledge, and any wider social, economic or cultural benefits?;

We’re not looking for polished proposals at this stage. What’s important is to give a clear sense of what the proposed collaboration will achieve beyond a standard university-funded studentship. At the end of the day the purpose of an internal competition is to identify the 2-3 proposals which have the best chance of success on AHRC’s terms.

If we receive more than three applications across the University we’ll endeavour to review these and make a decision in the week following (i.e. w/b 19th August). The reason this is relatively soon is to give successful applicants the best chance to fully develop their proposals before the AHRC deadline of 3rd October.

Other options:

Some of you may already be aware of an alternative route available to secure a CDA, separate to the standard application route outlined above, which is through collaboration with one of the organisations holding a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership.

A CDP is essentially a block grant for CDAs awarded to a number of non-academic organisations which have been successful in hosting CDAs in the past. These organisations can then choose how to allocate their annual cohort of CDAs – and which HEIs they choose to work with – as they see fit. The actual processes by which CDA projects are established with CDP organisations vary, so AHRC have published a list of these organisations and contact details [PDF].

Note that any CDAs which are awarded through CDP collaboration would not count towards our cap of CDA submissions in the standard route. The CDP is an entirely separate pot of CDAs.


Northumbria Collaborative Research Studentship Scheme Open

Handshake 52-365 by Julia Taylor CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Northumbria’s Collaborative Research Studentships scheme is currently open for applications. The scheme will jointly fund up to 15 PhD studentships per year in any discipline in collaboration with external organisations: private, public or voluntary sector; small, medium or large; regional, national or international.

Apply now

The application form should be completed by the proposed Northumbria University supervisor and submitted to Tim Baxter, Graduate School Manager.

The annual cost of the studentship (Home/EU fees, stipend and training budget) is £20,000, half of which will be provided by the University and the other half to be met by an external partner. The current round is accepting applications for studentships which will commence in Autumn 2013.

Further details on the scheme are below:

  • Funding (stipend, fees, training budget and other associated costs) to be shared 50 : 50 between the University and external partner.
  • The research degree funding programme to last for 3 years.
  • The scheme allows the candidate to spend some time in the partner organisation [the exact amount of time to be individually negotiated between the relevant parties].
  • Intellectual Property Rights to be agreed and signed by both parties prior to commencement of the programme.
  • All University Academic and Student Regulations and the PGR Code of Practice must apply to any registered student.

Eligibility criteria for the candidate, topic and supervisor are listed below:

1)      Candidate

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. minimum of upper second class honours degree or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities (preference for 1st class honours); or Masters degree (with distinction)
  • Appropriate IETLS score, if required
  • Home/EU students will have full fees covered. International students must self-fund the difference between the international and home/EU fees

2)      Research Topic

  • Alignment with Faculty Research plans

3)      Proposed Principal Supervisor

  • Research active – has current or recent research of a standard and quality consistent with submission to Research Excellence Framework
  • Relevant subject expertise
  • Attended compulsory supervisor workshop (within last 3 years)

4)      Faculty Resource

  • An appropriate level of any required additional financial resource in place to support the studentship for its duration, including consumables where relevant; and
  • Appropriate space available to accommodate the doctoral student

All applications will be considered at monthly Research Advisory Group meetings, chaired by the PVC (Research and Innovation).