Law researchers awarded PhD studentships

Rosa Simon and Rob Wilks have been awarded an AHRC and College of Arts, Humanities and Law scholarship respectively.

Rosa Simson wins AHRC Studentship

Rosa SimsonThe School of Law is delighted to announce that Rosa Simson has been awarded an AHRC Studentship in the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. The scheme provides studentships to enable completion of a doctoral degree. Rosa will be sponsored over the three years her full-time study. Her PhD is entitled ‘Does the proposed Common European Sales Law improve the legal position of consumers, small businesses or both across borders?’ and she will be supervised by Dr's Sean Thomas and Lorna Gillies.

The next round of the AHRC studentships will be in December 2014 for research students starting in October 2015.

Rob Wilks awarded College of Arts, Humanities and Law scholarship

Rob WilksThe College Scholarship covers tuition fees and provides a stipend for three years.

Rob’s thesis is ‘Can the official recognition of sign language offer a solution to the apparent conflict between disability law and Deaf identity, and if so, how?’ Deaf people consider themselves a linguistic minority but are ‘forced’ by the nature of the UK legal system to call themselves ‘disabled’ to qualify for certain protections and benefits. There is movement towards a British Sign Language (BSL) Act which aims to protect the linguistic rights of Deaf users but it is not clear what impact this would have on their disability status. Rob’s thesis will examine such matters. He will be supervised by Professor Mark Bell and Ms Pascale Lorber.

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