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The Centre invites applications for 12 funded PhD studentships to support the development of a number of cross-cutting research themes

Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research PhD studentships

The Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research is offering a number of new PhD studentships to the highest calibre and most talented students.

Please contact the Director of Studies to discuss the studentship you are interested in prior to making your application. Students with their own proposals, which fall within the interests of the Centre, must contact potential Directors of Studies to discuss their potential idea prior to submission.

For an overview of the Centre’s research read our first Annual Report (contact Josh Elliott) or access the Centre website.

Theme 1: Management of Long-term conditions

  • Studentship A: The Social Return on Investment (SROI) of self-management support programmes.
    Director of studies: Dr Wendy Clyne. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship B: The role of social networks in self-management of long-term conditions.
    Director of studies: Dr Wendy Clyne. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship C: Development and evaluation of an online Mindfulness based stress reduction course for women with chronic pelvic pain: A feasibility study.
    Director of studies:: Dr Wendy Clyne. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship D: Co-creation of an e-platform to provide social support for teenagers with developmental coordination disorder (DCD).
    Director of studies: Dr Gill Ward. Email: [email protected]

Theme 2: Digital Technologies for Health and Well-being.

  • Studentship E: Home hazard modification and falls prevention: a feasibility pilot with process evaluation and testing of an app to support behaviour change.
    Director of studies: Dr Gill Ward. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship F: Establishing and validating a visual arts-based mobile health solution to promote brain health and well-being in frail elderly.
    Director of studies: Dr Gill Ward. Email: [email protected]

Theme 3: Voice and empowerment of seldom-heard communities

  • Studentship G: The involvement of disabled children and young people in decision-making within their EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan under The Children and Families Act (2014).
    Director of studies: Dr Anita Franklin. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship H: The experiences and needs of adult siblings of a brother/sister diagnosed with a non-inherited genetic condition as they reach parenthood.
    Director of studies:
    Dr Anita Franklin. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship I: The use and outcomes of non-instructed advocacy with children and young people with complex communication needs.
    Director of studies: Dr Anita Franklin. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship J: Post-partum experiences and needs of women with FGM following birth in UK maternity services.
    Director of studies: Dr Elizabeth Bailey. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship K: Young Disabled LGBT People (aged 16-25): Exploring the rights, identities and psychosocial needs of a marginalised community.
    Director of Studies: Dr Alex Toft, Email: [email protected]

Theme 4: Health Economics

  • Studentship L: The economic evaluation of extensions in the role of community pharmacists into non-dispensing healthcare services.
    Director of Studies: Professor Darrin Baines. Email: [email protected]
  • Studentship M: Analysing the validity and appropriateness of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research guidelines for measuring drug costs in cost-effectiveness studies.
    Director of Studies: Professor Darrin Baines. Email: [email protected]

We offer experienced inter-disciplinary, national and international supervisory teams to support students to achieve excellence in their research. For Health Services Research, Coventry University was ranked joint 5th in the UK in REF2014 (UoA 3; Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) with 94% of our outputs recognised as World-leading or Internationally Excellent.

The total number of studentships to be awarded will be decided following short-listing and interview, and is dependent on the quality of the applicants. For more details of the research areas and how to apply please click here.

Candidate Specification

  • Knowledge and/or experience in the subject.
  • A good knowledge of research methodology (qualitative or quantitative).

Experience of experimental, modelling or analytical methods where appropriate.

How to Apply

Application form, full supporting documentation and covering letter, plus a 500-word literature review relevant to the proposed study.


UK/EU students with the required entry requirements, or international students able to demonstrate their ability to self-fund.

PhD funding award

A range of Full and Part-time, funded and fees only studentships are available.

Start date: April 2016 or September 2016
Duration of study: Part time and full time opportunities are available. Please contact the Director of Studies for each studentship to discuss.
Application deadline date: Friday 26 February 2016.
Interview dates: To be confirmed to shortlisted candidates.

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