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Improve health and social care professionals’ understanding and engagement and competency of using applied arts and culture to improve health and wellbeing outcomes of older people, in response to recommendation 8 of APPG - Creative Health Report. (ref: RDF20/NMH/THOMPSON)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The ageing population poses a significant challenge to health and social care. This particularly applies to adults in the Fourth Age, with health inequalities having a profound impact upon disability-free life expectancy and opportunities to maintain relationships, meaningful activities and community engagement. According to Recommendation 8 of the APPG Creative Health Report, a viable route for this is engagement in the arts and cultural activities. Numerous research studies and service evaluations have demonstrated how the arts and cultural activities can contribute to healthy ageing (for example, Connolly and Bedding, 2010; Coulton et al., 2015). Many other studies have shown the protective effect of social participation, and the ways in which engagement with arts and cultural activities provide a nexus for meaningful social activity for older people (Chatterdee and Thomson, 2015; Lynch and Alexander, 2016).

Despite the strong association between the arts and cultural activities, and improved health and wellbeing of older people, health and social care professionals do not perceive the facilitation of arts and cultural activity as part of their professional remit, or lack competence to use these activities to support the health and wellbeing of older people (Broome et al., 2017; Lehikoinen, 2017).

Research opportunity: This studentship offers a unique opportunity to undertake a study to improve health and social care professionals’ understanding, engagement and competency of using arts and cultural activities to improve health and wellbeing outcomes of older people. The studentship will be supported by a multi-disciplinary team of experts from the fields of gerontology, applied arts and archivists. The team has strong networks in the arts, museums and culture sectors that can be accessed to support a programme of study. The scope of the programme of study is of interest to policy makers and service providers who are currently engaged in redesign and development of the health and social care workforce.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF20/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 24 January 2020
Start Date: 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home/EU students with a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2019/20, this is £15,009 pa) and full fees.

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