Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8PhD Scholarships 2 PhD STUDY WHAT’S THAT ALL ABOUT? “When I was an undergraduate I had no idea what a PhD was. You’d see postgraduates around but you wouldn’t know what they were doing or why they were there.” Having completed her doctorate in Theology and Religious Studies in 2015, Caroline Starkey now has a clear understanding of the key role postgraduates play in Leeds research. In labs and libraries right across campus and on fieldwork around the world, they are engaged in a process of discovery. During three or four years of concentrated study, they evolve from being the guided learners they were as undergraduates into the creators of new knowledge and the sharers of fresh insights and understanding. PhD students contributing to new discoveries include researchers like Kulveer Mankia who is studying the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis and Dominic O’Key who is engaged in a comparative study of German and South African literature. Neither receives funding from a research council, a charity or industry; without the support of donors like you, neither would be able to study at Leeds. Yet PhD work is critical, both in developing talented young academics and making a significant contribution to research. Without it, research progress would be slow, great ideas would be left undeveloped, their potential impact wasted. “A PhD is a unique opportunity,” says Professor Andy Challinor, who supervises postgraduate researchers in food security and climate research. “They have time and space to get to the heart of a particular problem. I only have so much time. Without PhD students the research I lead wouldn’t be anywhere near as productive.” DOUBLING THE IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT PhD researchers play a vital role in the success of the University. These brilliant young people are helping us to provide answers to the questions of modern society and are changing the way that we see the world. But the University’s ambition to grow this community is held back by the increasing scarcity of public finance for doctoral work. And though the University continues to be very successful in attracting Research Council funding for PhDs – and has many other postgraduates supported by industry – we need your help to ensure that our capacity for research keeps pace with our ambition and ideas. The University’s goal is to increase the number of PhD students from around 2,200 today to 3,000 in 2020 – a figure that will take us into the top ten in the Russell Group.