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Developing guidelines for home adaptations for people living with Dementia

School of Design and Creative Arts

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Prof SM Hignett , Prof M Cook No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Application details:
Reference number: SDCA/SH/20
Start date of studentship: 1 January 2021
Closing date of advert: 7 October 2020
Interview date: 20 October 2020

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship funded by Dunhill Medical Trust/Loughborough University. The project will be based within the School of Design & Creative Arts. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Sue Hignett and Prof. Malcolm Cook to investigate how previous adaptive homes guidance (to support independent living for those with physical and cognitive differences) has been interpreted and explore how it should be translated for use by individuals, architects and councils.

The outputs will include co-produced home adaptation guidelines for adapting homes for independence in the users’ preferred format to include necessities versus desirables, estimated costs, and the best time for implementation. For example, early implementation is suggested for structural changes (e.g. lifts), or later implementation for contrasting colours in furnishings and decoration. Currently, Part M of building regulations only considers physical disability, such as wheelchair accessibility, however, mental impairment such as dementia can significantly affect independent living. Using our networks, we will create ‘Part M+’ guidance for building regulations to make cognitive health considerations mandatory in all new builds and renovations.

The studentship will benefit from existing and productive building and care provider collaborations. There will also be an opportunity to work collaboratively on home design for older people to improve independence and wellbeing.

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The School of Design & Creative Arts has been ranked 3rd in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

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 Human Factors/Ergonomics, Architecture, User-Centred Design or a related subject and a relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the these disciplines will be an advantage.

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “School of Design & Creative Arts”.

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on the 1 January 2021. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU candidates.
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