PhD Studentships at Durham: Dividing Political Power among People(s)

The Law School at Durham University is pleased to invite applications for two three-year doctoral studentship, fully funded (fees and maintenance grant) as part of the ERC – funded project entitled “Dividing Political Power among People(s): A New Federal Theory for the 21st Century”.

The project aims to explore international and national phenomena that have challenged the idea of the sovereign state, and will explore these developments through the lens of federal theory.

Durham is looking for candidates who are interested in pursuing doctoral research in one of three broad areas:

(1) the United Kingdom and the “British Empire”;

(2) American federalism – Old or New; or

(3) German federalism – Old or New.

Applicants should be outstanding law graduates, with a particular interest in constitutional or comparative law. They will be part of a research team lead by Professor Schütze. Further details, including how to apply are available here.

Several other postgraduate funding opportunities are also currently available at Durham Law School, the details are available here.

UK Universities and Regimes with Dubious Human Rights Records

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a UK university seeking to secure its financial footing and improve its reputation, must be in want of wealthy benefactors. With universities facing a steep decline in direct public funding (and the consequent lifting of the cap on tuition fees to £9000), many find themselves scrambling for alternate sources of funding given the inherent uncertainty of the impact of increased fees on Home-EU student recruitment.

In fact, the endowments already accrued by high-profile and long-established institutions will in the years to come continue to skew the offering they are able to make. Oxford University’s near £3 billion endowments (with a student population of just over 20,000) dwarf Sussex’s endowments of just over £4.5 million (with a student population of nearly 12,500). The playing field is, of course, far from level – Sussex has had only 50 years to build its reputation and Oxford nearly a millennium. But, as the government will require a sizable portion of the increases in funding from students to go to access schemes, bursaries and scholarships (see today’s announcement), even though much of this money does not represent increased revenue for universities, but merely a replacement for direct public funding, universities will continue to seek new opportunities to raise money. Continue reading