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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Settings and Health programme

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Settings and Health programme

Our Settings and Health programme aims to understand how settings and organisations influence social position, identity, behaviour, health and wellbeing and use these understandings to improve the health and wellbeing of people within those settings and organisations. For studentship topics available in the Settings and Health programme, see below. To view studentship opportunities for our other research programmes, visit our website.

Please note that topics are indicative. Student-led applications/topics relevant to the Unit and Programmes (i.e. on related topics with different supervisors) are also very welcome.

Adolescent wellbeing within the school context: a systems perspective

Lead supervisor: Dr Jo Inchley
Adolescents spend a large part of their waking lives in school and schools have an important role in supporting healthy child development. From a systems perspective, multiple factors at different levels within the school system have the potential to influence health outcomes. Using existing data from the Scottish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) pupil survey and school-level questionnaire, this studentship will investigate how school level factors (e.g. school size, pupil:teacher ratio, school ethos, policies and practices) may influence pupil health outcomes. A range of outcomes will be considered including mental health, sleep, and relationships with family and friends.

School teachers’ wellbeing

Supervisors: Dr Lia Demou, Dr Marion Henderson
The teaching profession has been categorised as “emotionally taxing and potentially frustrating”. Large amounts of research show teacher stress levels are high and, probably, increasing. Teacher stress can impact on individual wellbeing as well as on pupil experience. The objective of this studentship would be to investigate relationships between individual, organisational and social aspects of teachers’ working experience and their wellbeing. The methodology may include analyses of (existing) survey data; and/or qualitative data collection methods with teachers and school administrators. The potential use of novel methodologies to detect more ‘real-time’ dynamic fluctuations in stress/resilience can be explored.

How to apply

Candidates are required to prepare a two A4 page research proposal. Please contact the supervisor of your proposed topic to discuss your proposal prior to submission.

Applications should be submitted to Postgraduate Admissions. Please ensure you apply to MVLS - MRC/CSO PhD Studentship.

The full set of supporting documents that are required to be uploaded at the point of application can be found here

  • CV/Resume
  • Degree certificate (if you have graduated prior to 1 July 2015)
  • Passport
  • Two A4 page research proposal (This should have been discussed with the Programme Leader/supervisor prior to submission).
  • Reference 1 (a full reference should be submitted from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability from your most recent study/programme)
  • Reference 2 (a full reference should be submitted from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability)
  • Transcripts

Full eligibility criteria is available here.

Once you have submitted your application, please email [email protected] to confirm. General enquiries regarding the application process can also be directed to this email address.

Closing Date: 24 February 2020
Interviews: 21 and 23 April 2020


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