Sleep difficulties are common following stroke. It is estimated that one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime and between a third and half may experience insomnia or insomnia symptoms following stroke. Poor sleep can impact an individual’s ability to concentrate, communicate, socialise and perform daily activities. It may also affect their sense of identity and their own and carer’s quality of life. Current non-pharmacological treatments for sleep difficulties are limited and we do not have a clear idea of whether they work, and how well they are suited for individuals following stroke.
In collaboration with Stroke Association Scotland and using a variety of research methodologies, the present project aims to synthesise and collect data that would allow us to gain a better understanding of treatments for post-stroke sleep difficulties and help people better adjust to their life after stroke. This knowledge will also contribute to the development and evaluation of a brief behavioural therapy intervention tailored to meet the needs of people affected by stroke experiencing sleep difficulties.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• A good first degree (at least 2:1), preferably with a social science component (e.g. psychology or related discipline)
• Demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of sleep including insomnia
• Comprehensive knowledge of brain injury research and an understanding of the sequalae of symptoms following acquired brain injury
• Good knowledge of experimental research methods in Psychology or related discipline, excellent statistical and writing skills, good team and communication skills, and familiarity of open science practices
• Knowledge or experience of systematic review methodology
• Experience of working with individuals affected by brain injury and/or mental health or communication difficulties
• Experience of working in quantitative or qualitative research projects
Applicants must complete the Supervisor Led Awards Eligibility Checker before proceeding with their application: https://glasgow.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supervisor-led-awards-esrc-award-eligibility-checker-202
Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*: https://esrc.ukri.org/skills-and-careers/doctoral-training/prospective-students/
The scholarship is available as a +3 or a 1+3 programme depending on prior research training. This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process. The programme will commence in October 2020. It includes:
• an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate
• fees at the standard Home rate
• students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £750 per year http://www.sgsss.ac.uk/studentship/improving-sleep/
Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by April 24th. Interviews will take place early May.
All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the University of Glasgow, College of Science and Engineering. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.