Accessible Transport: designing for people with disabilities

Accessible Transport: designing for people with disabilities

Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for four fully-funded PhD studentships exploring accessible transport solutions with the Centre for Future Transport and Cities (CFTC).

Research shows that poor transport design, whether public or private, can create challenges for disabled people and their ability to make door to door journeys.

In order to overcome some of these barriers, national disability charity Motability, in collaboration with the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University, are seeking to sponsor four doctoral candidates to undertake research in the area of accessible transport solutions.

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This PhD will equip successful candidates to work in a wide array of areas, including the transport sector, where the research and skills gained can be used to advocate positive and inclusive change.

We welcome applications for this unique and exciting opportunity from candidates who have innovative research ideas that can help to provide solutions and make transport more accessible. This could relate to the design of a bus, train, car, aeroplane or the associated infrastructure, such as the charging of electric vehicles. The research could also look at future transport solutions and emerging technologies that are still to be defined.

Eligibility: UK graduates with the required entry requirements (restricted eligibility permissible under the Equality Act 2010)

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 15 July 2022

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2022

For further details contact: Professor Paul Herriotts

  • To be eligible you must:

    • live in the UK
    • be disabled* or evidence a lived experience of disability (i.e. demonstrate direct and frequent interactions with disabled people which has enabled you to develop deep insight into disability)
    • have a minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.

    Please read the Research Entry Criteria for more details.

    *You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. This might include mental health conditions, cognitive or physical impairments or long-term health conditions, for example cancer, HIV, MS, endometriosis, arthritis, Crohn's disease or undiagnosed long-term symptoms

  • Entry criteria for applicants to PHD

    • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


    • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
    • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • Tuition fee £4,540
    Stipend/Bursary £15,609
    Additional allowances £4,000 (discretionary)
  • Training and Development

    The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

    All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Professor Paul Herriotts.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter. As this is a thematic opportunity, therefore applicants are required to submit a research proposal based within the selected theme/area of approximatively 3,000 words.

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