University of Central Lancashire International Scholarship in School of Built & Natural Environment, UK
International PhD Scholarship in Investigation of the impact of closed landfill sites on the environment at University of Central Lancashire, UK
Study Subject: Investigation of the impact of closed landfill sites on the environment
Employer: The University of Central Lancashire
Applications are invited for a full-time scholarship available in the School of Built & Natural Environment. The scholarship is tenable for up to 3 years for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to international applicants only. UK/EU applicants are not eligible to apply. The scholarship will provide £15000 towards the cost of the International tuition fee over 3 years.
The project will focus on the impact closed landfills have on the environment. The inclusion of the heavy metals and persistent organics into the waste stream has resulted in toxic mixtures being buried. New European legislation has attempted to address the issue by restricting the use of certain substances.
However, this does not take into account the historic legacy. Within the electronic industry many compounds that have known health implications are being used as they are currently not being targeted by the EU. This is again added to the problem of contamination in future years. The research will undertake a study of these issues and recommend remediation activity to off-set the environmental impact. The research will investigate the leachate from selected landfills and consider the impact on the water catchment area with considerations to the ground water and surface water. The project will use a model approach (case study of a selected landfills within water catchment areas) in studying these impacts in relation to certain parameters. Applicants should have, or expect to receive a qualification equivalent to a high class UK honours degree.
Scholarship Application Deadline: 13 May 2011