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Identifying effective approaches to improving mental health and wellbeing amongst university students

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Project Description

Applications are invited for an exciting new PhD opportunity at the University of Bristol.

Following concerns about rises in the number of students experiencing mental health problems, Bristol University has invested in a number of innovative approaches to improving student mental health. The aim of this PhD is to scope recent initiatives and evaluate their impact on student mental health and emotional wellbeing. A range of quantitative and qualitative approaches will be used including cross-sectional surveys, analysis of routinely available data, time-series analysis and qualitative methods.

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The studentship is being offered over 4 years as part of our new Graduate Teaching Assistant scheme. The student will be expected to provide 20% of their time (250 hours per annum) for teaching during term-time during years 1-3 of the studentship.

The student will join a large group of post-graduates working within the Centres for Academic Mental Health and Public Health within Bristol Medical School’s Department of Population Health Sciences. Our research is multidisciplinary in nature, and the researchers in the Centres include psychiatrists, epidemiologists, GPs, geneticists, public health physicians, statisticians, psychologists and social scientists.

Supervisory Team:

• Professor David Gunnell, Professor of Epidemiology: Expertise in suicide and self-harm prevention; epidemiology of mental illness; and public mental health research.
• Dr Claire Haworth, Reader in Behavioural Genetics: Expertise in causes of mental health and wellbeing in young people; digital data collection for large samples; and interventions to promote mental health.
• Dr Judi Kidger, Senior Research Fellow in Public Health: Expertise in interventions to improve mental health support for young people; qualitative and mixed methods research; school-based research.

Candidate requirements:

Applications are welcome from high performing individuals across diverse disciplines (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, epidemiology & public health or natural sciences) who have, or are expected to obtain, a 2.i or higher degree or equivalent. Possession of a relevant research Masters degree will be an advantage.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select 'Faculty of Health Sciences/PhD in Population Health Sciences'

Under ‘Funding’, identify UoB as your fee payer. Under Research Details, provide the names of project supervisors. Include these details (UoB and supervisor names) at the top of your Personal Statement.

Please provide a current CV, covering letter, description of how you would approach the project including background, aims, methods (no more than 2 pages), certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts, and two academic references.

Only applicants from the EU and UK are eligible for this project.

Closing date: 5pm 19th February 2018

Interviews will be held on 1st March 2018


For enquiries about the studentship please contact David Gunnell ([Email Address Removed] ) and for enquiries about the application procedure please contact Sharen O’Keefe ([Email Address Removed] )

Funding Notes

This studentship is faculty funded by Bristol University. The studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,553p.a. for 2017/18, updated each year) as well as £2000 per year consumables grant and a £6000 allocation for Open Access Publications.

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