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Implementation of a digital information resource for homeless people in Scotland

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About the Project

The Advanced Care Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh is a new £20m interdisciplinary research collaboration aiming to transform later life with person centred integrated care

The vision of the ACRC is to play a vital role in addressing the Grand Challenge of ageing by transformational research that will support the functional ability of people in later life so they can contribute to their own welfare for longer. With fresh and diverse thinking across interdisciplinary perspectives our academy students will work to creatively embed deep understanding, data science, artificial intelligence, assistive technologies and robotics into systems of health and social care supporting the independence, dignity and quality-of-life of people living in their own homes and in supported care environments.

The ACRC Academy will equip future leaders to drive society’s response to the challenges of later life care provision; a problem which is growing in scale, complexity and urgency. Our alumni will become leaders in across a diverse range of pioneering and influential roles in the public, private and third sectors.

Homelessness is a growing problem in the UK.

Although the average life expectancy of homeless people is only 44 years, a growing number in Scotland are living to an older age, and are developing multiple long-term conditions. People experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness often find it hard to access information in general, and about health and wellbeing support in particular. We are developing a digital resource in Scotland aimed at helping such people, and the charities and statutory care services that support people who experience homelessness. This PHD will explore the use and utility of this resource for homeless people in later years, to determine if there is a 'digital divide' in this vulnerable population, and what can be done to improve this.

Aim: To evaluate the implementation of a digital information resource for people experiencing homelessness (and those at risk of homelessness and the services that support the homeless) in Scotland, and to determine its utility in supporting people in later life who are experiencing or in danger of homelessness.


  • To systematically review the literature on digital information resources for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness
  • To measure the usage of a newly established digital resource for homelessness in Scotland
  • To evaluate the utility of the resource for homeless people in later life
  • To make recommendations from this evidence to optimise the resource to make it more accessible to 'elderly' homeless people


An undergraduate degree in health or social care or a related discipline such as psychology or sociology.

Funding Notes

PhD's are fully funded with an above industry stipend for the full 4 year period.

The call is open to candidates of any nationality but funded places for overseas nationals will be strictly limited to 3 international students who can apply for the highly competitive ACRC Global Scholarship.

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