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The impact and interplay of organistional culture and engineering culture on the diversity and inclusivity of Swansea University college of Engineering

Key Information

Supervisors: Dr N Wint and Dr N Prakasam

Expected Interview Date: March 2020

Swansea University College of Engineering has recently launched a BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic ) student network which aims to advance racial inclusivity within the college. This work moves away from the deficit model which is often associated with the belief that BAME people have less ability or less interest to succeed in STEM subjects and therefore require special accommodations. It also moves away from the diversity model which focuses on increasing diversity through the use of quotas and numeric targets and does not necessarily lead to authentic diversity. 

This Masters by Research project will explore the equality model through an investigation into the organisational culture of the college and how it affects the experiences of both BAME staff and students. The desired outcome is the identification of actions and policies which can be implemented within the college to create the culture shift needed to improve racial inclusivity. This will involve; 

  • The development of a robust research design which can be followed to assess the current culture.
  • Engaging with the management team, staff members and students to asses the current culture
  • Collecting quantitative and qualitative data using a wide range of methods including, but not limited to, ethnography, interviews, focus groups as well as surveys
  • Carrying out analyses of both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Engaging with both pedagogic, and diversity literature to inform the specific actions or training needed to hold our leaders to account in delivering on authentic diversity



We welcome applications from candidates with an honours degree in Business Management, Social Sciences or Politics; or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.

Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 

Full eligibility can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility


Fees at UK/EU rate and a stipend of £12500 for one year. This scholarship is funded by the College of Engineering.

For full details on eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.

Closing Date 1 April 2020

Start Date October 2020

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk