ACRC Academy

ACRC Academy

We are looking for the next generation of leaders who will transform care for people in later life.

The Advanced Care Research Centre Academy sits within the ACRC, a £20 million research centre dedicated to revolutionising care in later life. The vision of the Advanced Care Research Centre is of high‐quality data‐driven, personalised and affordable care that supports the independence, dignity and quality‐of‐life of people in later life living in their own homes and in supported care environments.

With fresh and diverse thinking across interdisciplinary perspectives our Academy students work to creatively embed deep understanding of social sciences, health and social care, engineering, artificial intelligence and data science into systems which support that vision of radically improved care in later life.

“I always thought of the PhD as the last slog, but frankly the PhD has been the best part of the journey for me.” - Chris

Over four years you will study on a thriving, cohort-based, thematic programme with a first year of interdisciplinary training, and continuing training and support throughout the research phase. A wide range of external input ensures that the Academy is fully engaged with real-world challenges and aware of latest development in the field. We have high profile guests and speakers from the fields of medicine, social care and technology, while external placements will mean that students will bring new experience, skills and connections back to their longer-term training and research.

The ACRC Academy will equip future leaders to drive society’s response to the challenges of later life care provision; a problem which is growing in scale, complexity and urgency. Our alumni will become leaders in a diverse range of pioneering and influential roles in the public, private and third sectors.

“I was drawn to the interdisciplinary approach taken in the Academy as I believe this is the best way to solve the largest challenges we have in research and society.” - Emily

Who are we looking for?

We aim to foster a supportive and collaborative culture, and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. You should ensure that you fulfil the following eligibility criteria at the time of the call deadline:

  • A clearly demonstrated desire and aptitude for a future career in the field of care for those in later life.
  • You should have (or expect to be awarded) at least a 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • If you achieved a 2:2 university degree or equivalent you may be considered if you can demonstrate sufficient relevant work experience at a suitable level
  • An excellent academic record
  • You must evidence a high working knowledge of English (IELTS Level 7 or higher, or equivalent)

The call is open to candidates of all nationalities but there are strictly limited fully funded places for students with international fees status.

Find out more about our current students here

How to apply

For full detail on eligibility and the application process please see How to apply.

The deadline for application is 30 May 2024. We will interview and make offers in the period leading up to the deadline, so please apply as early as possible.

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