The goal of the Family Links whole-school approach to social and emotional learning, wellbeing and mental health is underpinned by its Nurturing Programme and workshops based on this. These programmes are for school staff, students and parents, with the aim of building and sustaining the emotional health and resilience of schools and their wider community. This project will involve four schools, a military base and a volunteer-led children’s centre in a small geographic area of extreme deprivation. During the course of the project, Family Links will work with staff, students and parents, ensuring a genuinely comprehensive and joined-up approach to supporting emotional health. The PhD student will be responsible for undertaking an evaluation of the project using a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research questions will focus on evaluating the immediate and longer-term impact of embedding a whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing on the school culture, staff, parents and pupils. Possible outcomes that may be investigated include wellbeing, relationship quality, behaviour and parental engagement.
To discuss the details of this PhD project further, please contact Dr Kathryn Lester and Professor Alison Pike ([email protected]/[email protected]
• This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate.
• Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master’s degree in Psychology or a related discipline.
• Only full time students will be accepted
• The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.
• Please submit your application online at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply
for the ’PhD in Psychology’ programme for September 2020.
o In the ’Supervisor suggested by applicant’ section of your application form, please put ‘Dr Kathryn Lester/Professor Alison Pike’ as the name of supervisor(s)
o In the ’Proposed source of funding’ section of your application form, please put ‘Joint funded Psychology and Family Links Doctoral Studentship’
• Please read our Psychology PhD FAQS at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/psychology/pgstudy/psychologyphdstudentships
before you start your application.
Candidates should provide:
o A research proposal that outlines your knowledge of the research area, hypotheses that could be addressed in your PhD, and an outline of potential methods. Your answer should not exceed 2 pages including references, be set at minimum 10-font type with margins a minimum of 1cm.
o Current degree transcript(s) with full details of performance on all completed courses.
o Two academic references.
o An up-to-date CV.
Application deadline: 25th March 2020
Interviews: 15th April
Decision: 17th April