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GTA-PhD Scholarship in 'Esports Communities'

School of Computing & Digital Technologies

Location:  Stoke campus
Tenure:   January 2019 to December 2021
Release Date:  Monday 03 December 2018
Closing Date:   Tuesday 08 January 2019
Reference:  CDT18-GTAPHD01

Staffordshire University is pleased to announce a fully funded Graduate Teaching Assistant(GTA)-PhD scholarship in “Esports Communities”

Esports communities have shown extremely rapid growth in the last decade, but also have a very varied community demographic. Recent work has shown that very little of the UK population (less than 40%) is aware of this type of gaming (YouGov 2018), and as a result questions about regulation and control within these groups are rarely addressed in an official context.

This project will suggest ways in which the esports ecosystem deals with implementing professionalisation and regulation, as well as looking at the ways in which the esports ecosystem is developing without these stopgaps. We would expect the researcher to qualitatively and quantitively identify attitudes towards esports communities and regulations, by looking for common patterns and trends within these groups and esports events, as well as devising a series of recommendations to carry these comparable findings forward. 

The successful candidate will commence their PhD study in January 2019. You will receive an annual stipend of £14,777 with PhD tuition fees paid for three years. You will be expected to take up to 250 hours of teaching or teaching related activities per academic year in the Department of Games and Visual Effects. The posts are located on the Stoke-On-Trent campus. 

Duration: January 2019 – December 2021

Essential entry requirements: 

The successful candidate will have or expect to have

  • a UK Honours degree at 2.1, a Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject area

  • International applicants whose first language is not English are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in each element


  • Understanding of critical research methods and methodologies within esports

  • Conduct research under their own initiative with an emphasis on data gathering

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity informally before making an application please contact Dr Esther MacCallum-Stewart


Please complete the attached Application Form and submit together with the following~:

  • A PhD research proposal based on the project description above
  • CV
  • Covering Letter indicating your interest in the project and why you wish to undertake it.

Your application, research proposal and copy of your CV and covering letter, is to be sent to the following email:  

The deadline for submission is Tuesday 8 January 2019

For information, Interviews will be held on Friday 25th of January 2019.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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