Dementia is a national and international health priority for which there is a need to conduct high quality research to improve the lives of people living with the condition and those who provide care and support for them. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals seeking to undertake a PhD in any area of applied dementia research with an aim to improve the experience of living with dementia.
Undertaking a PhD at the Leeds Beckett University Centre for Dementia Research you will join a multidisciplinary team of experienced dementia researchers. The core team of dementia specialists have backgrounds in psychology, nursing and the social sciences and conduct research across a spectrum of topic areas. The wider Centre membership includes staff and PhD students from a range of academic disciplines and a growing portfolio of internationally recognised dementia research that spans three main theme areas; Dementia care and services; Physical activity and sport; and the arts, culture, media and society.
Current and recent research activity under the care and services theme incudes staff working in the Schools of Health and Community Studies and Social Sciences on topics such as dementia workforce development; delivery and improvement of dementia care in care homes, hospitals and other formal service settings; the care needs of those with both dementia and cancer and assistive technologies in dementia care. The physical activity and sport theme represents an established network of staff from across the Schools of Health and Community Studies, Clinical and Applied Sciences and Sport alongside an established formal partnership with the Sporting Memories Foundation. There is also a growing body of research activity within the Centre concerning arts and music-based approaches with people with dementia, media representations of dementia and mechanisms for understanding and challenging societal stigma of dementia in collaboration with staff from the School of Music, Film and Performing Arts. Full details of recently completed and ongoing research can be found on our web-site http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/research/research-areas/research-centres/centre-for-dementia-research/ .
The Centre for Dementia research has an active and supportive programme for PhD students. Each student is appointed a supervisory team comprising experienced researchers with a range of expertise in methodology and practice. Centre affiliated students meet collectively bi-monthly to present on their research and discuss key research challenges and issues. The Centre has an active programme of user involvement, with a panel of experts including people with dementia, family carers and practitioners, whom PhD students can access to provide advice on the design, delivery and dissemination of their research.
Applicants who meet the entry criteria and who are seeking to undertake a PhD in any area of applied dementia research will be considered. The Centre maintains university wide collaborations including with biomedical sciences research, therefore enquiries concerning potential cross-disciplinary research that combine biomedical and applied approaches to understand dementia and supporting people to live well it will also be considered.
If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.