The White Rose Studentship initiative was set up in 1997 to encourage collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  Since 2005 the studentships have been awarded as networks to promote collaboration across the three institutions.

You can see more details about the  Studentship Networks scheme here, or contact Dr Craig Walker who will be happy to help with any enquiries

Cultures of Consumption in Early Modern Europe

In early modern society, diet offered nutrition; expressed national, regional and class identity; and was used to maintain and restore health. Between 1500 and 1700 cultures of consumption and attitudes to diet were in transition due to changing medical attitudes, new commercial empires and an increasingly wide range of available…

Faith in Food and Food in Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Dietary Practice

This network brings together researchers who are at different stages of their career in the fields of molecular archaeology, nutritional epidemiology, zooarchaeology, history of medicine and artefactual archaeology. Each researcher investigates the relationships between food, health, religion, social status, migration and identity from different disciplinary perspectives, but has few opportunities…

European Film, European Heritage, European Identity

Thomas Elsaesser suggests that 'European cinema distinguishes itself from Hollywood and Asian cinemas by dwelling so insistently on the (recent) past'. And, even if one takes the briefest of looks at the European films most visible to international audiences he would appear to have a point. From Germany's The Lives…

Design Matters: Treasuring the past, enhancing the future

This is a network created around the theme of design. ‘Nostalgic design’ is a subset of affective or emotional design, which exerts a profound impact on academic design research, heritage and contemporary craft practice, and on public consumption of, and engagement with, design. Hitherto, design research has been pioneered by…

Innovative approaches to understanding the wider determinants of health and wellbeing

Innovative approaches to understanding the wider determinants of health and wellbeing using record linkage and mixed methods to exploit  the full potential of population cohorts in Yorkshire & Humber (BiB and SYC This White Rose studentship uniquely brings together five university partners (Sheffield, Leeds, York, Sheffield Hallam and Bradford), with…

Structural and Mechanistic Biology at the RNA/Ligand Interface

The Network will investigate aspects of the biological consequences of RNAprotein/ligand interactions using multidisciplinary approaches. One of the projects addresses an essential feature of the assembly, and by implication the disassembly/uncoating, of positive sense single-stranded RNA viruses, the largest group of viral pathogens. Recent discoveries by the Leeds-York team have revealed…

Reshaping Multiculturalism Through Cultural Practices

Academic Lead - Professor Richard Phillips (University of Sheffield) The network investigates the ways in which multiculturalism – as a set of ideas and ideals, practices and policies – is being reshaped by those who are most affected by it: cultural minorities. It examines the experiences and perspectives of overlapping and…

The Urban Housing Experience in the Age of Austerity

Academic Lead - Dr Stuart Hodkinson - (Leeds)  The project  will explore the changing social, spatial and institutional contours of the urban housing experience in an age of austerity. It responds to an urgent need for critical understandings of the dynamic, complex and contradictory interactions between the ongoing global financial crisis,…

Biotic constraints to crop production: biochemical and molecular basis of plant interactions with pests, parasites and symbionts

Academic Lead - Sue Hartley   (York) The focus of the network is understanding the biotic interactions which impact on crop production at the biochemical and molecular level. Crops are subject to a range of pest attacks, often simultaneously, both above- and below-ground (Urwin/Hartley). Such pest outbreaks are predicted to…

New single molecule techniques for understanding the physics of living systems

Academic Lead - Jamie Hobbs  (Sheffield) “Understanding the Physics of Life” has been identified as a “Grand Challenge” by EPSRC. To meet this challenge we need to develop new physical approaches to answer biological questions and new ways for working collaboratively across the physics-life science interface to maximise the impact…

Classical Heroism in War and Peace 1914-24 :

A study of the receptions of classical heroism in wartime and in the cultural legacies of war in communities of Yorkshire, Britain and regional Europe. Academic Lead -  Elizabeth Pender ( Leeds) The Ancient Greeks created the concept of the hero.  From the very beginning of the literary record –…

Teaching Bacteria to Eat Grass: genetic engineering of Escherichia coli for complete degradation and utilisation of Miscanthus hemicellulose

Academic Lead - Gavin Thomas  (York) The HUB network (Hemicellulose Utilisation by Bacteria) project provides a unique opportunity to bring together three separate pieces of research ongoing in the White Rose Universities, which previously had no direct connection, into an extremely timely and ambitious integrated project to engineer the model bacterium Escherichia coli…

Social Work and Social Change:Crossing Boundaries

Academic Lead - Professor Mark Hardy - (York) Awarded as part of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre The theme for the proposed White Rose ESRC Studentship network will develop and place social work across boundaries in several senses. First, each of the studentship subthemes addresses an issue where citizens…

Beyond the Riots: Sustainable Social Order, Urban Governance and Disorderly Elites

Academic Lead - Dr Stuart Lister - ( Leeds) Awarded as part of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre Managing sustainable social order in ways that prevent social conflict, minimise harm, promote inter-group tolerance and enhance community and institutional resilience in the face of outbreaks of unrest constitute pressing challenges…

Social and Demographic Change in Britain

Academic Lead - Dr Dan Vickers -  (Sheffield) Awarded as part of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre A simple look at today’s papers reveals the issues that are effecting the British population: pensions and an ageing population, immigration and an increasing population, tensions between multicultural populations, tax…

Rethinking the Social Production, Locus and Impact of Bioscience

Academic lead Professor Andrew Webster - (York) Awarded as part of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre This White Rose ESRC studentship network utilises a multidisciplinary approach to examine new developments in the biosciences in the context of broader shifts in the economy and society, particularly with respect…

A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Understanding the Causes of Parkinson’s Disease and Identifying Therapeutic Targets

Academic Lead - Alexander Whitworth  (Sheffield) Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD) present an increasing threat to ageing populations. These disorders have been highlighted by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust as a major biomedical challenge of strategic importance to tackle in the next decade. PD is…

Interdisciplinary Centre for Microbial Fuel Cells (ICMFC)

Academic Lead - Victor Chechik  (York) Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) make it possible to generate electricity from many organic compounds including waste. A single E. coli cell could theoretically produce 16000 kW per m3. MFCs are thus a highly attractive alternative energy source. In practice, however, the power output of…

Optimising Quantum Processes and Quantum Devices for future Digital Economy Applications

Academic Lead - Almut Beige (Leeds) It is now widely known that quantum information (QI) offers huge potential for future technologies and  services to support the Digital Economy. Examples include quantum computers that could outperform any  conventional computers, quantum communication protocols that guarantee unbreakable security and  quantum sensors that offer…

Global Anxieties and Urban Governance (GAUG)

Academic Lead - Paul Knepper  (Sheffield) Global insecurity and conflict have transformed crime concerns within cities. The distinction between local threats to safety, to be dealt with by urban structures, and issues of collective security, the province of national governments, has given way to the global city in which local…

Hydropolitics: Community, Environment and Conflict in an Unevenly Developed World

Academic Lead -  Graham Huggan  (Leeds) This project illustrates the importance of local community interaction in addressing social and political issues of global significance. Struggles over water are likely to be one of the defining features of the 21st century. Consequently, the move towards integrated social-ecological communities represents one of…

A Multidisciplinary Approach for Supporting An Ageing Population

Academic Lead - Stuart Parker  (Sheffield) The network utilises a multidisciplinary approach to supporting an ageing population with three inter-linked studentships on health and ageing, public services and older people, and health / health services for an ageing population. Health and ageing: Prof. Robert West (Biostatistics, Leeds) and Prof. Stuart…

White Rose Immune Modelling Network

Academic Lead - Jonathan Timmis  (York) Immune responses involve interactions between a plethora of different cell types and involve complex intracellular signalling pathways and extra-cellular signals. Although experimental approaches have provided a great deal of information on the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing outcomes of immune responses, understanding and predicting…

Responding to Global Challenges of Crime and Insecurity

Academic Lead - Adam Crawford (Leeds)  Security and crime-related concerns inform diverse forms of governance above, within and below the level of the nation-state; the traditional guardian of social order. This position has been unsettled by newer questions about internal and external security as these have become blurred by the practices…

Solar powered electrochemical device for the reduction of carbon dioxide

Academic Lead - Stephanie Haywood (Hull) Note: This is a four-University Network including Hull. Complementarity of the collaborators and added value: The network is unique in the UK and has critical mass of expertise cross-cutting engineering, chemistry, physics and materials science. Four complimentary projects are excellently placed to develop the…

Adapting Transport Systems: Towards a Low Carbon Future

Academic Lead - Susan Grant-Muller (Leeds) Note: This is a four-university Network involving Hull. The network provides a coherent framework for highly innovative research into mechanisms to de-couple economic development from environmental deterioration and operate within ecosystem limits. Tackling the challenge will require adaptation of transport systems towards a low…

Understanding Object Handling Interactions Through Experiment and Simulations

Lead Academic - Roger Lewis (Sheffield) This network applies advanced engineering materials to improve handling of objects for all users, regardless of ability, with the specific application to improve access to food and food preparation objects and packaging for older and disabled users. This will include the identification of novel…

Mixed Cinema – Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Approaches to Japanese Cinema

Academic Lead - Lucia Nagib  (Leeds) The mixed cinema network looks at cinema as a fundamentally interdisciplinary area of study. By addressing Japanese cinema through its interdisciplinary and intercultural elements, this network constitutes a novel approach which will tackle the complexities of intermingled identities, aesthetics and social concerns cinema can reflect…

Engaging Young People in Science: Key Issues Across Secondary and Tertiary Phases

Academic Lead - James Donnell  (Leeds) Note: this is a four university Network involving Sheffield Hallam University. The teaching of science has been a subject of considerable debate over the past few years. The White Rose Science Education Research network has four doctoral studies which focus on the interacting themes…

Enabling Supply Chain Adaptation to Climate Change and a Resource Poor Future

Academic Lead - Lenni Koh  (Sheffield) The increase in concern about climate change amongst the general public and shifts in policy and regulations towards reducing resource consumption together result in an imperative for businesses to prepare for the consequences of climate change and move towards a lower carbon future. The…

Active Vision Network

Lead Academic - Jim Austin (York) The network brings together leading research groups at Sheffield, Leeds and York with overlapping interests and complementary skills in a new multidisciplinary collaboration, spanning experiment and theory from neurobiology, through cognition to bio-inspired software/hardware applications. All network members have international track record in research…

Understanding Knowledge Exchange Networks for Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Academic Lead - Tom Burgess (Leeds) The project unities White Rose management and Business Schools in researching knowledge exchange networks associated with innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship. The network enables enhanced, multi-disciplinary, research focused in this economically and socially critical area by integrating complementary strengths from Technology and Innovation Group (TiGr)…

Yorkshire Cancer Stem Cell Network

Academic Lead - Norman Maitland  (York) Human cancer is not a homogeneous disease composed of rapidly dividing cells. Rather tumours are a mixture of cells, driven by a primitive embryonal-like stem cell population, which produce a proliferating and differentiating population. Within Yorkshire, there is exceptional and world leading strength in…

An integrated Systems Level Approach to Bacterial Adaptations to Stress (MICROSYST)

Robert Poole  (Sheffield)

Modelling Phytomer Development

Academic Lead - Ottoline Leyser (York) Plant shoot systems can be considered as modular structures with the shoot apical meristem at the tip producing sequential modules, termed phytomers, consisting of a stem segment, a leaf, and an axillary meristem, which has the same developmental potential as the primary shoot apical…

Nanoscale quantum information processing

Academic Lead - Ben Varcoe (Leeds) The proposed network is formed around the integration of existing ideas on the use of quantum dots, optical sources and strongly coupled system into small scale devices that would be capable of large scale computing. The network structure is built around the strengths of…

Impacts of large-scale upland management change on ecosystem services

Academic Lead - Joseph Holden (Leeds) The proposed network will bring together expertise from both the natural and social sciences to assess impacts of potentially imminent large-scale upland management change on ecosystem services and in particular; (i) hydrological, sedimentological and carbon cycling services and processes; (ii) catchment-scale assessment of ecosystem…

Southern Africa in the World

Academic Lead - Brendon Nicholls (Leeds) The network would initiate a major strategic partnership that would expand research capacity in the humanities across the three White Rose universities. In addition to PhD co-supervision, multidisciplinary network symposia would provide a cross-university forum for research in Globalisation and Post Colonial Studies, involving…