Developing the health workforce in genomics: a longitudinal, cross-Wales, multicentre, interdisciplinary case study

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About the Project

*This is a KESS 2 East scholarship opportunity. Please note the eligibility information in the advert text or contact the team for further information.*

Here is an exciting opportunity to study the processes of education and behaviour change which could lead to entirely new approaches to health professional education.
The selected candidate will apply their research skills and ambition to deliver this very topical project. This mixed methods study, will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of genomics education research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The PhD will be undertaken in association with Genomics Partnership Wales - a newly formed initiative that has been established to ensure a united approach to genomics in Wales. It represents the coming together of a number of organisations including NHS Wales’ All Wales Medical Genetics Service, Public Health Wales’ Pathogen Genomics Unit and Wales Gene Park, to deliver a programme of work that will enable the ambition and commitment laid out in the Welsh Government’s Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy to be realised.

The project will focus on understanding ‘what, when and how’ to teach genomics to qualified health professionals. Without appropriate education, the pathway from scientific discovery, through to technological advancement and ultimately to applied changes in the healthcare service may not be fully realised, could deny patients important opportunities and even compromise patient safety, adding to the NHS’s financial burden in the process.

The project is backed by Genomics Partnership Wales, whose vision is “Working together to harness the potential of genomics to improve the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people of Wales.” Link below for further information:

To view the full programme of research visit:

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time PhD programme and pay a stipend of circa £14k p.a. There is also around £9k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.

The position is available from 1st April 2019.

Eligibility of Student:
To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:
• have a home address in East Wales area (details below)* at the time of registration.
• have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.
• be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.
• satisfy University of South Wales’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

* East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan / Cardiff / Newport / Monmouthshire / Powys / Wrexham / Flintshire

Qualifications and experience:
Eligible applicants will:

• Have a degree (2i or higher) in an appropriate discipline for example genetics/genomics/applied biology/biological sciences, education, psychology or health qualification (e.g. nurse, doctor, midwife)
• Possess a reasonable understanding of research methods (both quantitative and qualitative)
• Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop new skills and techniques
• Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills
• Have an ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings
• Be willing to travel and work in clinical settings

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit:

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: [Email Address Removed] Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Emma Tonkin ([Email Address Removed]).

Further information at:

Closing date for applications: 27th January 2019

Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales
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