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Corpus linguistics and text mining with patient records

PGR-P-288

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Professor Eric Atwell
Schools
School of Computing
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The aim of this project is to develop a Patient Records Text Corpus representing the English text from patient records, as a resource for corpus linguistics and text-mining research. English-language text makes up a significant part of patient records, particularly in community care, mental health, and palliative care case notes; but this aspect of e-health data is currently under-researched and under-used, so warrants attention. Currently, text is standardly removed from patient records research datasets such as TPP ResearchOne because there is no automated method of anonymization or removal of any potentially personal identifying details such as names. So, part of the Patient Records Text Corpus project is to develop methods and tools for automated anonymization of text data to meet ethical review standards, and hence to enable the anonymized text parts of patient records to be included in a corpus. This will involve building a training text corpus with personal identifiers manually tagged and anonymized; using this to train robust text-anonymization algorithms; then applying these to a larger patient records data-source such as TPP SystmOne/ResearchOne, to elicit an anonymized patient records text corpus; then uploading this into the SketchEngine toolkit to demonstrate its use in corpus linguistics empirical investigations. The Earliest start date for this project will be 1 October 2020.

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Corpus linguistics and text mining with patient records&rsquo; as well as <a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/33/Dr_Eric_Atwell">Professor Eric Atwell</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years and Alumni Bursary for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth Scholarship for Low Income Countries and&nbsp;Alumni Bursary for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">hd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk,</a>&nbsp;or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Professor Eric Atwell by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:E.S.Atwell@leeds.ac.uk">E.S.Atwell@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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