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Assessing the environmental impacts of veterinary drug use on moorlands


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Thursday 30 April 2020
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
UK only
Source of funding
External organisation
Dr Richard Ansell and Dr Paul Kay
Additional supervisors
Dr Dave Baines (GWCT)
School of Geography
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Moorland areas are very important worldwide and are found, for example, in the British Isles, Russia, Canada, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Japan and South America (Holden et al., 2007). The need to conserve these environments is exemplified by the fact that many have been given national and international conservation designations to protect habitats and priority species. In addition to biodiversity, they are internationally important for water supply, carbon storage, agriculture, forestry and tourism (Thompson et al., 1995; Holden et al., 2007; Curtis et al., 2014). Veterinary drugs may however be found in moorland environments due to their administration to sheep and game birds (Newborn and Foster, 2002; Ceballos et al., 2012) and the fact that 50 % of the administered dose is often excreted unchanged (Kreuzig et al., 2007; Weiss et al., 2008). The overall aim of the project is to understand whether the use of veterinary drugs in moorland catchments is leading to the presence of these emerging pollutants in the environment. Specific work may include: 1. Improved analysis of veterinary drugs using molecularly imprinted polymers 2. Measurement of the occurrence of veterinary medicines in moorland soils and water 3. Determination of the environmental fate of drugs in moorland catchments 4. Experiments to determine the effects of veterinary medicines on moorland species

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

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">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;Assessing the environmental impacts of veterinary drug use on moorlands&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;Dr Paul Kay 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>Full funding for this 3.5 year project, covering fees and an annual stipend of &pound;15,009, will be provided by the Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust in addition to research expenses. Full time study only.</p>

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

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 35326.</p>