Project proposals for 2023 entry – University of York

Information for supervisors at University of York

We are now seeking projects for the next cohort of NERC ACCE (Adapting to Challenges in a Changing Environment) students commencing study in October 2023; the deadline for submission of project proposals is Friday 23rd September 2022. We expect to advertise up to 20 University of York projects in this round. All projects submitted will be assessed and ranked based on the sift criteria. Projects with a non-academic partner are more likely to be advertised, for example if they have CASE partner support or partnership support (see below).


Partnership projects

A core principle of ACCE is to encourage studentships that incorporate genuine collaborations between academics and non-academic, end-user partners. Whereas in previous years we have focused these on defined ‘Highlight Topics’, this year we are taking partnership PhD proposals from across the breadth of the ACCE theme. All proposals that demonstrate clear co-design between an academic or academic supervisory team and a supervisor from a partner organisation, will be considered to be “partnership projects” and will be more likely to be advertised. You will be required to evidence this co-design in the ACCE application. We strongly encourage supervisors who developed an unsuccessful proposal in previous Highlight Topic rounds to resubmit that proposal. More information about partnership PhDs.


Submitting a project proposal

Links or attachments to the following documents are provided:

  • The PhD project application form – this has been revised for 2023 projects. Your proposal must be submitted on this revised google form. If you need to see the questions before completing the form, a pdf version of the project proposal form has been attached.
  • Guidance on sift criteria for projects
  • A list of potential CASE partners (you are not restricted to these organisations, but these partners agreed to be part of the ACCE renewal) (attached)

Please submit your online form by 5pm on Friday 23rd September 2022.


Diversity in candidate selection

Student recruitment

The ACCE DTP is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. For the 2022/23 entry recruitment round, we improved our student recruitment processes to address barriers to diversity in science. These changes will be maintained into the 2023/24 recruitment round. In summary:

  • Advertised projects will be accompanied by an equality, diversity and inclusion statement
  • The student application process will be more guided to increase transparency and reduce the effects of mentor bias. We still encourage communication between supervisors and prospective students prior to them submitting their applications
  • Selection criteria for applicants will be modified to reduce discrimination and reflect that excellence and dedication can come in many forms.

Full information will be made available during autumn 2022 in the updated guide to candidate selection (to be published separately). 

Timelines 

  • Friday 23rd September 2022 (5pm): Academics to submit project via the online form (please note you can make submissions at any time up until this deadline)
  • September/October 2022: York ACCE team meet to approve and sift projects for advertising
  • October 2022: Projects advertised on the web and FindAPhD
  • January 2023: Closing date for candidate applications. Supervisors will have about two weeks to review their applications and select their candidates. Details of these dates will be sent later.

ACCE studentships include a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), currently set at £8,200, to cover the costs of the project and any training beyond what is offered by the University and the DTP. Note that all ACCE supervisors are expected to attend the ACCE annual conference, which takes place at the start of each academic year (this year the meeting will be held in early November in York).

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