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Design for Ageing: Developing new approaches to design intervention within UK housing, in support of positive ageing-in-place.

Project Description

In the UK 96% of older households live in mainstream, non-specialist housing; 79% of older people want to stay living in their current home and plan to age in place. Yet the quality of existing stock – particularly homes that have over-extended their design-life – raises significant questions about fitness for purpose. There is clear and demonstrable evidence of environmental challenges at home posing barriers to independent living and/or placing limits on wellbeing. Furthermore, research suggests that over two-thirds of the projected UK housing stock for 2050 has already been built. We must therefore look to the liveability of existing homes and their role in attending to the needs and aspirations of older people.

This studentship seeks to explore the value of design interventions in support of ageing in place. The intention is to shape a practice-led approach in collaboration with industry stakeholders, including Care & Repair England, an organisation that is offering support to ensure the study and its findings are relevant and influential to existing and emerging policy and practice. The study will help to develop an evidence base towards proving cost savings to NHS/social care, as well as promote the application of good design in the sector. The project will likely involve: a typological study of mainstream housing and associated interventions/adaptions, using design methods and analysis; sampling qualitative experiences of older people, through interviews and/or focus groups; undertaking a cost analysis of typical interventions, and working toward the development of evidence-informed design guidance, targeted at service planners/commissioners. This is an opportunity for a student interested in challenge-orientated research with potential implications for interdisciplinary practice and societal impact.

The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University is pleased to announce the 2020 WSA Studentship, which will be granted to the strongest applicant responding to one of the three following research opportunities:
1. Design for Ageing: Developing new approaches to design intervention within UK housing, in support of positive ageing-in-place.
2. Mapping and Understanding Urban and Rural Fuel Poverty in Wales
3. Parametric design of bacterial biomaterial for construction

For those interested in applying, please see below for further details:

• Application deadline is 31st January 2020. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in mid to late February.

Please apply online at:
• Ensure that you provide ALL requested information (including research proposal, CV, references, proof of qualifications, passport/ID, personal statement etc.).
• Under the ‘funding’ question, please state “WSA Studentship 2020”
If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact . In your email, please state which of the three research opportunities that you are enquiring about.

Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is consistently ranked amongst the top schools of architecture in UK and Worldwide league tables and has been placed in the top 50 of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings for the past four consecutive years

The WSA also had 90% of its research impact judged as outstanding (4*) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). This placed us at the top of the table for impact in the assessment sub-panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

The distinctiveness of this School lies in its tradition of combining creativity with the understanding needed to realise designs through practice, its reputation for high quality research, the calibre of its staff and in its unique location in a friendly, liveable and affordable capital city that is a gateway to the stunning landscape of Wales.

The School has ambitious growth plans in place, which includes reinforcing our PGR community. At present the WSA is home to circa 75 students; an international cohort engaged in a diverse range of research endeavours within the built environment. Students are fully integrated within the school’s recently reformed research and scholarship groups, as well as the wider teaching community, and have access to further facilities and training through the university’s Doctoral Academy.

Mae’r rhyngwyneb hwn ar gyfer chwilio am Ysgoloriaethau a phrosiectau PhD wedi’i bweru gan Yn sgil hynny, nid yw ar gael yn Gymraeg ar hyn o bryd. I wneud cais am wybodaeth yn Gymraeg, cysylltwch â’r Tîm Recriwtio Ôl-raddedigion ().

Funding Notes

• This is a full-time PhD studentship, which will start in April or October 2020. We are willing to consider flexible arrangements.
• The studentship covers Home/EU tuition fees and provides an annual stipend at the rate of £15,000 for three years from 2020.
• Students have access to additional funds (up to £1,500 over the PhD) to support professional development opportunities.
• Overseas (non-EU) applicants will need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and the Overseas tuition fee. If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy Cardiff University’s English language requirements.

How good is research at Cardiff University in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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