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Accelerating Innovation in Construction (AIC) Research Group

Two Full Time PhD Studentships (Annual Stipend - £15,285/year) 36 month (+ 6 month writing up period) fully funded PhDs with stipend – match funded by YORhub

The School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University is offering two fully funded PhD studentships to start in September 2020. The two fully funded PhD studentships offer an exciting and rare opportunity to undertake Doctoral research working alongside experts in construction management and innovation from the Accelerating Innovation in Construction (AIC) research group in Leeds Beckett University and YORhub. YORhub, the industrial co-funder of the studentships, was set up to help the public sector deliver great construction projects at the best value, improving the lives of those who call Yorkshire and the Humber home.

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Key Requirements:

  • at least a Second Class Upper honors degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Awarded a suitable Masters degree.
  • Satisfaction of English Language and other admission requirements of Leeds Becketts University for doctoral students

Applicants should also:

  1. submit a full proposal for doctoral studies on one of the topics outlined.
  2. submit a personal statement making a case to support the application

Desired attributes (preferred but not all essential):

  • A track record of publication.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of the industry’s practices in the relevant research topic.

Download an application form below and return it by email to

  • Deadline for applications: 29 May 2020
  • Interviews of the selected candidates: 18 June 2020
  • Contact: Professor Mohammed Dulaimi at

We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly from women, black and minority ethnic and any other minority candidates as members of these groups are currently under-represented at this level of post. All appointments will be based on merit.


  • Project 1 - Development and use of KPIs and other mechanisms to influence a change of behaviour and motivate carbon reduction

Director of Studies: Professor Mohammed Dulaimi

The first PhD research is focused on the development and use of KPIs and other mechanisms to influence a change of behaviour and motivate carbon reduction by the way contractors manage and operate construction sites. This research will examine aspects related to changing behaviour at project, corporate and supply chain level to promote efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of construction projects and buildings including accurate methods to measure carbon usage related to construction sites. YORhub has an initiative to develop and implement such KPIs and other mechanisms and demonstrate their benefits. YORhub has around £350m to £400m of projects per year with possible access to other National Association of Construction Frameworks that deliver between us approximately £1.6 billion of projects per annum.

  • Project 2 - Enabling the construction industry extract value from the adoption and deployment of MMC

Director of Studies: Professor Mohammed Dulaimi

The second PhD research is focused on enabling the construction industry extract value from the adoption and deployment of MMC and, hence, address the construction industry uncertainty about the best way of using MMC to address the main challenges facing the industry’s stakeholders. Areas of interest include: design and procure for manufacture; a different way of delivering construction projects in the 20th century; volume, variety and flow; product refinement; site assembly, commissioning and handover- how contractor’s business models should be reinvented so that the adoption of MMC would enhance their commercial standing.  Research is to investigate the benefits of MMC in influencing the transformation of YORhub procurement frameworks to enable public clients extract value from such methods of construction in particular for housing and education.


Each student will have:

· An annual stipend of £15,285 paid monthly (amount conditional as offered) and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance

· A tuition fee waiver at UK student fee level.

· UK/EU Fees paid for a period of three years


The start date of the studentship is September 2020. The successful candidate will attend a compulsory induction on the 1st and 2nd October 2020 at Leeds Beckett University.


Overseas applicants must refer to the UKVI regulations on studying in the UK and contact our Graduate School before submitting.

The Graduate School: For all enquiries regarding the application process, please contact or telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5375.

Applicants classed as overseas are expected to fund the difference between home/EU and international fees of themselves. Prior to starting this amount (the full first year’s difference will need to be paid to the University).


We expect bursary students to be an integral part of the research culture of the university, contributing to seminars and conferences, perhaps to projects, and generally engaging in the exchange of ideas. Associated with this, all research students undertake a research training programme.