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NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands

Two fully funded, full time, three-year PhD studentships are available in Warwick Medical School from September 2020. These include fees and monthly stipend based on the Research Councils recommended rate – for details see:

The studentships are part of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM). ARC WM is a £9 million, five-year initiative which started in October 2019. We have a mission to create lasting and effective collaborations across health and social care organisations, universities and local authorities by using research to improve the services we deliver across the West Midlands and further afield. The increasing demand for social care and the vital role of public health are key to many of the ARC’s projects as we search for the best and most effective ways to maintain the health and independence of our/the population.

The students will be based in one of the ARC WM’s themes, which are described on the website:

Applications for these studentship are invited, focusing on one of the following topics:

  1. The challenges facing small-medium organisations in supporting wellbeing in the workplace?
  2. Improving risk stratification and care experience for oncology patients at risk of sepsis.
  3. How can knowledge needed to evaluate health technologies be produced, exchanged and applied in politically changing environments?
  4. What has been the uptake, use and impact of HTA research evidence disseminated by the NICE Technology Appraisal programme from 2012 to 2017?
  5. What is the value attached to surgical outcomes? Assessing the need for a composite outcome measure in arthroplasty surgery.
  6. How can co-production be implemented in the ARC WM as a test bed for the wider NIHR? How can co-production be operationalised?
  7. Improving communication about self-harm in schools through developing a theory and evidence-based (digital) intervention aimed at teachers.

Entry Requirements

Studentships are available to UK and EU students. Applicants should have a strong first degree (2:1 or above) or international equivalent in a relevant subject. Previous research experience is an advantage.

Contact details for two academic referees should be provided. Professional references provided by your current or most recent line manager are acceptable if you have been out of higher education for over two years.

International applicants not educated in English will be expected to obtain one of the recognised English Language qualifications with a specific score, as listed at the following link:

If you have any queries about the entry requirements, please contact [email protected] or visit our website:

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please email:

  • your CV (including two academic references as above)
  • a covering letter outlining
    • why you are interested in doing a PhD with the ARC WM
    • which topic you are applying for
    • why you have chosen your first choice topic
    • state which (if any) of the other advertised PhD topics you would also be interested in.
  • Please set out a short proposal (500 words) for your first choice topic showing how it aligns with the ARC WM mission and activities. The proposal should encompass an outline for your proposed research design, and its potential contribution to practice and impact in the Health and Social Care services.
  • Send your CV, covering letter and proposal to: [email protected]

Applications deadline: 27 January 2020. Interviews will take place on 5 March 2020.

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