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Air quality home adaptations for people living with Dementia

School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Prof M Cook , Prof E Hogervorst No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Application details:
Reference number: ABCE/DMT/MJC
Start date of studentship: 1 January 2021
Closing date of advert: 7 October 2020
Interview date: 19 and 20 October 2020

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year PhD studentship funded by Dunhill Medical Trust and Loughborough University. The project will be based within the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering in collaboration with the School of Design and Creative Arts and School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences. The successful applicant will work with Profs Cook and Hogervorst to conduct research looking at the design and operation of homes for ageing population groups.

The elderly are particularly at risk in a world suffering warmer temperatures and poor air quality due to climate change. This project focuses on low energy design strategies for those with frailty and Dementia. This will include thermal comfort, indoor air quality, user versus automatic controls and safety mechanisms such as leaving electrical appliances on or leaving windows and doors open. The project will use a combination of concept design tools and computer simulation to test and refine designs. The output of the project will be a design guide for low energy and safe homes for ageing occupants.

The successful applicant will join a cohort of students working in a similar area, benefitting from co-location and cross-collaborative learning and training. An advisory panel comprising influential stakeholders will provide an external view of the work and opportunities for wider collaboration. There will also be an opportunity to work collaboratively on home design for older people to improve independence and wellbeing.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has been ranked 1st in the UK for Building by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2020) and 1st in the UK for the vitality and sustainability of its research environment (REF 2014).

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Entry requirements:
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in building physics or related subject. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in the areas of building physics, low energy design or computer modelling will be an advantage.

How to apply:
All applications should be made online ( and must include a research proposal ( Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering (Built Environment).

Please quote reference number: ABCE/DMT/MJC

Funding Notes

The 3.5-year studentship is intended to start 1 January 2021. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and includes a Research Training Support Grant of £1,750. Due to funding restrictions this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants. In order to qualify for a full award, applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including minimum UK residency requirement:
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