Mary Margaret Wooloff (1920-2016)

Margaret Wooloff was an active member of the Old Students’ Association (OSA).  She graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in French in 1942 and a teaching qualification in 1943. After teaching in post-war Paris, she embarked on a prestigious career in teaching, and was the former headmistress of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for Girls and Queen Elizabeth Cambria School, Carmarthen (1960-1983).  

Margaret Wooloff PhD Scholarship - Details of the Award & Available Projects 

Open to applicants who qualify for Home (UK) fees status only, there are three full-time PhD scholarships available.  These will be allocated one per Faculty and on a competitive basis to three of the projects described in theMargaret Wooloff PhD Scholarship 2022 Project Details. 

Those awarded a Margaret Wooloff Scholarship will receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees up to the UK rate of £4,500 per annum (2022/23 rate).  A maintenance allowance of approximately £15,609 per annum* and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £500 per annum*) will also be provided. Scholarships commence in September 2022. 

Margaret Wooloff PhD Scholarship 2022 Project Details

Project Title 1: Global Crises: Covid and Climate Change Refugees

Main Supervisor(s): 

Dr Catrin Wyn Edwards ( and Dr Gillian McFadyen (, Department of International Politics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 

Project Description: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significant repercussions of global healthcare (in)equalities, vaccine nationalism and inequity, and ineffective health systems on the world’s forced displaced. More specifically, the global pandemic has increased the vulnerability and mobility of those residing in regions especially impacted by the adverse effects of climate change (UNHCR, 2020:1) where those in need of humanitarian protection are estimated to exceed 200 million by 2050. Thus, together, the COVID-19 and climate emergencies have exposed structural inequities, systemic marginalizations and new injustices and vulnerabilities across scales and sites (Sultana, 2020: 447-48). Yet, the COVID-19 crises has also offered unprecedented insights into how states can tackle the climate crisis given the similarities between the COVID-19 crisis and the imminent global climate emergency (Manzanedo & Manning, 2020). Failure to understand the current and future impacts of climate change will impede efforts to tackle future pandemics (Watts et al., 2021: 3). This PhD project will analyse the intersection of global health and climate crises, structural inequalities and the rights and mobility of the climate refugee. The project proposes the adoption of a feminist framework to highlight the ‘co-production of injustices structurally, materially, and discursively’ (Sultana, 2020) that are present in both crises through the figure of the climate refugee. The project will offer an innovative and forward-thinking approach to global crises, bridging the knowledge divide between climate, health and refugee politics. 


12pm, Monday, 4th July 2022  

How to Apply 

To be considered, candidates must complete the usual full online PhD application AND the specific Margaret Wooloff PhD Scholarship Application Form 2022

The completed Margaret Wooloff Scholarship Application Form should be submitted via our online Postgraduate Application Portal at the point of application.   

To make a full PhD application, firstly visit our course pages and find the details of the course for which you wish to apply.  Once you have found your chosen course page, select the “Apply Now” button to start your application.  

The Postgraduate Admissions Application Portal will ask you to provide us with your personal details, confirm your course selection(s) and upload documents in support of your application.  Please have you supporting documents saved in PDF format and ready to upload to your online application. 

At the same time, the completed Margaret Wooloff Scholarship Application Form should also be sent as an attachment by email to Prof Reyer Zwiggelaar (, Head of Graduate School, with the subject heading MARGARET WOOLOFF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION. 

Please ensure that you read the Margaret Wooloff PhD Scholarship Terms & Conditions  thoroughly. 

Any Questions? 

If you have any specific queries regarding the projects listed, please contact the main supervisor associated with the project.  

If you have any queries about the postgraduate application process please contact