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Fall prevention and healthy ageing interventions; evaluation of feasibility and physical outcomes

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    Dr S Dewhurst
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project aims to investigate the feasibility and physical outcomes of different delivery modes of fall prevention and healthy ageing interventions. These interventions will include educational packages, individually tailored, group based and home based exercise programmes. The project will utilise both quantitative and qualitative research method designs to assess engagement, adherence, fall risk and functional ability. The person undertaking the project will be expected to have appropriate exercise prescription and research skills, as well as a desire to aid development of community health projects.

The University of Cumbria is currently offering a single competitive studentship within sport and exercise sciences. Applications are invited to two separate titles, however, only a single studentship can be awarded. Successful applicants to full-time studentships will receive a stipend of £13,863 p.a. in addition to covering tuition fees. Details of current funded opportunities are also available on the University website at

The University of Cumbria excelled in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) with results announced in December 2014 revealing that 80% of our research is rated as internationally recognised quality or higher and 7% classified as ‘world-leading’.

To apply, complete the application form available at and submit along with your research proposal to [Email Address Removed] no later than 5 February 2016. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

In the subject bar of your email application, you must state the title of the specific studentship to which you are applying.

Funding Notes

The PhD Studentships are offered on a competitive basis, across a number of different research projects and are available to new UK/EU applicants registering for a research degree with an anticipated start date of April 2016. Only one studentship will be awarded within the disciplinary area. Interviews will be during February 2016.

Full studentships will be considered on a case-by-case basis and can support part-time research; however, priority will be given to those applying for full-time study.

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