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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Inclusive Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding Details: Tuition fees, stipend and additional allowances
Duration: Full time – between three to three and a half years fixed term
Application Deadline: 15 January 2024
Interview Date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start Date: May 2024

For further details contact: Dimitar Angelov


This is an exciting opportunity to study a PhD as part of a cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

The successful applicant will spend the 1st year at the Research Centre for Global Learning, Coventry University, UK, the following year at Deakin University, Australia and then the final 1.5 years at Coventry University  

The supervision team will be drawn from the two Universities. 

Both PhD candidates will have the opportunity to also travel to Aarhus University, Denmark, as part of their studies (this is optional and a self-funded aspect of the programme). The visit would take place at CHEF, and hosted by Professor Sue Wright.

Project Details

The diversity of students accessing higher education is greater than ever before. Yet universities’ assessment and feedback practices have remained largely unchanged, underpinned by a traditional view of fairness in assessment where “one-size-fits-all". This approach is problematic when principles of inclusion advocate for assessments which offer all students, irrespective of their differences, to demonstrate their learning through tasks which align with their capabilities and be evaluated accordingly. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning opens new possibilities to remove barriers for non-traditional students and create a level playing field but incorporating AI may also exacerbate existing inequality or create new forms of disadvantage.

The current call seeks to recruit two PhD students who will investigate how AI influences, enhances, or detracts from inclusive assessment practices in higher education. Successful candidates will use qualitative research methods to focus on any aspect of inclusive assessment or feedback, and 00may focus on any student demographic, e.g., students from various cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as students with different learning needs and disabilities. There is an opportunity, through the application process, for applicants to propose their specific focus for the PhD within the above scope of study.


Full tuition fees, stipend, and additional allowances.


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.

Candidate Specification

Applicants must meet the admission and scholarship criteria for both Coventry University and Deakin University for entry to the cotutelle programme. 

  • Applicants should have graduated within the top 15% of their undergraduate cohort. This might include a high 2:1 in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark (80% for Australian graduates) in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average (80% for Australian graduates).
  • A Masters degree in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum Merit level. In addition, the mark for the Masters dissertation (or equivalent) must be a minimum of 80%. Please note that where a candidate has a 70-79% and can provide evidence of research experience to meet equivalency to the minimum first – class honours equivalent (80%+) additional evidence can be submitted and may include independently peer – reviewed publications, research – related awards or prizes and/ or professional reports.
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study 

For an overview of each University’s entry requirements please visit: 

Please note that it is essential that applicants confirm that they can physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia).

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