How do sociocultural and religious factors shape health literacy and care for dementia among ethnic minorities of different religions in the UK?

   School of Medicine

   Monday, July 15, 2024  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This studentship will take a novel approach in the consideration of ethnic minorities as distinct heterogeneous groups. This viewpoint allows for greater understanding on the potential influence of different religions, faiths, and beliefs that may interact with sociocultural factors when framing understanding and providing care for those who live with dementia. Such research is needed within the context of increased prevalence of dementia (predicted to increase by 80% by 2040 in the UK) with the steepest rise in prevalence within ethnic minority communities (projected six-fold increase).

This studentship aims to (i) understand how religion and culture shape knowledge, attitudes, and practices in caring for people with dementia, among ethnic minorities of different religions in the UK (ii) map the current UK based understanding of sociocultural and religious heterogeneity for dementia, (ii), and (iii) understand ethnic community perspectives on current UK based guidelines for dementia management and care for ethnic minorities and religious backgrounds.

The study will apply evidence synthesis through a scoping review, and apply qualitative research methodology using thematic analysis approaches. The student will be supported by an experienced research supervisory team led by Dr Suhad Daher-Nashif (Keele University), Dr Paul Campbell (Keele University) and Dr Caroline Mitchell (University of Sheffield). The student will also have the opportunity to access a well-established dementia research network at Keele University as well as at University of Sheffield (e.g. Deep End Research Alliance: DERA Yorkshire Humber (

To apply, please go to and click on the "Apply online here" button in this studentship. 

Please supply with your application:

·       Curriculum Vitae

·       Passport/Photo ID

·       1 x Reference (on letter headed paper, with a written signature)

·       Academic Transcript / Degree Certificate (Interim transcripts will be accepted)

·       A Research Proposal (or a copy of the studentship project you are applying to)

In some instances, you may be asked to supply:

·       Evidence of English Language level (where applicable)

·       A copy of your visa (where applicable)

Please ensure you quote ETH_SMED 24 in your application, to ensure it is considered for this funded project.

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Funding Notes

The studentship will cover HEI tuition fees (UK based students) for the period of the studentship*.

The student will receive a stipend of £20,000 per annum.

The student will also be provided with access to Faculty research training funds for research related expenses up to £8000 including - but not limited to - conference attendance, external training courses and UK fieldwork.

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