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  Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD scholarship: An Intersectionality Analysis of the Division of Labour in Healthcare Settings


   Health and Social Care Research

   Wednesday, May 15, 2024  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD scholarships in Health and Social Care, aligned to the departments of Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, commencing 1st October 2024.

These scholarships are for three and a half years full-time study and cover full-time home PhD fees and pay an annual stipend at the living wage foundation rate of £19,722per year in the academic year 2024/5. This stipend payment will increase annually based on the rate set by the living wage foundation for the duration of the scholarship.

GTA scholarships combine PhD study with professional development enabling students to gain practical experience in learning, teaching and assessment in Higher Education. You will be based in either the Department of Nursing or Midwifery or the Department of Applied Health Professions. As part of your training, you will be expected to support teaching related activities in that department, towards a maximum of 180 hours per academic year and not more than 6 hours in any one week, in line with university policy:

Further information about GTA scheme

GTA scholarships involve full-time PhD study and a requirement to teach or complete project related work at the University each week. This means that all applicants must have completed all study and any employment by the start date of the scholarship, which is 01 October 2024. 

Health Research Institute

The Health Research Institute (HRI) is one of four Institutes set up to support growth in Research and Innovation as part of the University Creating Knowledge Implementation Plan. 

The Health Research Institute acts as a nucleus for health and care research across Sheffield Hallam, providing support to research centres, groups, clusters and individuals engaged in (or wanting to engage in) health and care research and innovation activity. The Health Research Institute also provides an opportunity to link health and care researchers with research and innovation activity in the other Institutes and across the University

Project title: An Intersectionality Analysis of the Division of Labour in Healthcare Settings

The project focuses on understanding how tasks are assigned in healthcare, specifically in hospital wards. We want to explore the factors that influence this, such as gender, race, ethnicity, immigration status, band, experience, and other aspects of identity and the work environment for nurses. To do this, we will use an intersectionality framework to examine how these factors interact and affect task distribution. The project will employ an ethnographic approach by keeping diaries, participant observation, and conducting in-depth interviews with managers, matrons, sisters, and nurses in two hospital wards from different NHS Trusts. 

The project will use a case study approach to select hospital wards as case studies to provide in-depth insights into the task allocation methods, patterns, and processes. The study intends to contribute to the existing body of knowledge by uncovering previously unknown patterns of task allocation that are influenced by diverse dimensions of identity and workplace culture. 

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact the Director of Studies: Dr Sadiq Bhanbhro,  

Applicants should hold: a BSc (2:1 above or equivalent) degree qualification in allied health professions, nursing and midwifery or other relevant areas. An MSc degree qualification in a relevant area is desirable.

A professional qualification and clinical background in Nursing, Midwifery or the Applied Health Professions is desirable but not essential. Applicants without a professional qualification should have a strong academic background in a health-related discipline.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBTQIA+, BAME and disabled communities.

International / EU applicants – please see the funding section for important information around tuition fees for the GTA scholarships.

Sheffield Hallam has a mandatory English language requirement of IELTS 7, or equivalent language qualification, for all applicants to whom English is not their first language. This qualification should have been taken within the last two-years, with a score of at least 7 in all test areas.  This qualification must be submitted as part of the GTA application.

How to apply

We strongly advise all applicants to contact the project lead prior to application, to discuss the GTA scholarships and project.

To apply for the GTA scholarship, please complete and submit an application form here: PHD Health and Social Care Full-time 2024 | Sheffield Hallam University (shu.ac.uk) and provide a detailed 1,500-word research proposal addressing the project title.

Please add the project title within the Personal Statement field of the application and ensure that all attachments have been uploaded to the application system. We cannot consider applications where a detailed 1,500-word research proposal has not been submitted.

For general enquires please contact the Health Research Institute Postgraduate Research Team via email at   

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th May 2024 at 12:00 GMT. Late applications will not be accepted

Interviews will be held w/c 3rd June 2024. Please note, we are unable to offer alternative interview slots once allocated to shortlisted candidates.


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Funding Notes

Scholarships are open to Home, EU and International applicants but the bursary will cover the Home fee only. The shortfall between the Home and EU/ International fee, currently around £11,700 per year, will need to be covered by the student for the duration of the studentship. Additional funding may be made available to assist International students with the fee gap. This funding is limited and will only be offered to exceptional International applicants. Funding allocation will be based on information obtained through the recruitment process, no additional application will be required.

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