We will once again be running our Ryley Award scheme designed to support current undergraduate students to engage with established University of Bolton research projects and teams. The deadline this year is 5pm 28 February 2017.


  • The scheme is open to all second year (or part-time equivalent) students on a University of Bolton degree eligible to work in the UK.
  • The internships must be linked to a REF2021 candidate area.


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • To support the Teaching Intensive Research Informed strategic focus of the University.
  • To help students improve their degree performance by engaging with a research team and participating in a defined piece of research activity.
  • To provide a taster for students who are considering pursuing an advanced degree in research such as a PhD.


  • Each internship will normally last for 6 continuous weeks however this can be amended to suit the structure of the project or the needs of the intern or supervisor if approved in advance. The internship must conclude by the end of September 2017.
  • Interns will be paid the National Living Wage.
  • Some funding of up to £1,000 will be available to support consumable and project costs (in addition to the staffing cost for the intern). 
  • Interns will be required to write a short report on their work and present a poster at a showcase event in 2017-18.


  • Academic staff who intend to supervise a Research Intern are invited submit their internship application by 5pm on 28 February 2017. Schools will then advertise their approved internships and select successful intern(s) supported by Human Resource Services. 


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposal supports the TIRI agenda with special emphasis on benefit to the intern in their studies.
  • The extent to which the proposal is likely to lead to outputs which will improve the University’s REF2021 performance.
  • Overall value for money.

The scheme is named in honour of Ethel Ryley who was Mayor of Bolton and a long time champion of the creation of Bolton Institute of Higher Education and the inspiration behind Bolton Institute of Technology.



Ainsworth PhD Studentships

This year the University will once again be funding a small number of full research studentships for exceptional applicants. The deadline for projects for studentships is 5pm on 30 November 2016


  • To promote TIRI and our REF2020 strategies through support for progression to PhD for Bolton students and recent alumni.
  • To improve access to research degrees on the basis of intellectual capacity to benefit rather than financial capacity to bear the costs of study.
  • To provide incentive for undergraduate students to achieve excellent outcomes.


Funds under this competitive scheme are limited.

  • All students who are currently undergraduates at the University of Bolton or have graduated within the last three years.
  • Any current masters student or equivalent who would be eligible to start a PhD in 2017-18. 
  • Subject Areas must be approved REF2020 Candidate areas at point of application.

Types of Awards

  • Phd Full Scholarship
    • Full fee waiver.
    • Full UKRC maintenance support rates.
    • Recurrent contingent on satisfactory progress.
    • First class honours degree achieved or predicted.
  • Phd Partial Scholarship
    • Full fee waiver.
    • 50% of UKRC maintenance support rates.
    • Recurrent contingent on satisfactory progress.
    • First class honours degree achieved or predicted.
  • Phd Bursary
    • No fee waiver.
    • Normally up to 10% of UKRC rates for that year.
    • Renewable through application annually.

Arrangements for Identification of Areas and Scholars

  • Bids to be received by a central panel chaired by AVC (Quality) from Subject Areas specifying:
    • Broad area of focus of PhD.
    • Contribution to TIRI.
    • Contribution to REF2020.
    • Provisional Supervisory team.
    • Selection process for approved areas to be then managed by School.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Contribution to TIRI.
  • Contribution to REF.
  • Value for money.