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  Improving the health and wellbeing of people moderately to severely affected by Multiple Sclerosis through dance (Ref SHLS24128)

   School of Health and Life Sciences

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  Prof Lorna Paul, Dr Bethany Whiteside  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This PhD studentship is one of nine within the MS Society Doctoral Training Centre for symptom management at Glasgow Caledonian University.(in collaboration with Scottish Ballet and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Our systematic review demonstrated that dance was feasible for people with mild to moderate Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with weak but positive changes in walking, cognition, fatigue, wellbeing, mood, sense of achievement and belonging, however, there were no studies of dance in people with moderate to severe MS. 

Scottish Ballet (SB) delivers internationally leading Dance for Health programmes including SB Elevate®, their dance classes for people with MS ( Although this programme is open to anyone with MS, those who attend the class are generally mild to moderately affected by their condition. Scottish Ballet has developed a digital strand to their SB Elevate® programme, with a hybrid (studio and home-based) delivery of dance classes supported by digital resources. The aim of this development was to support people with MS who find it difficult to attend in person classes owing to their rural location, transport issues, or higher levels of disability. This PhD student will work in collaboration with Scottish Ballet to explore the barriers and facilitators for people with moderate to severe MS in accessing and engaging in the different forms of SB Elevate® and evaluate and refine SB Elevate® (in-person, hybrid and remote) specifically for participants with higher levels of disability.

Person specification: Essential: Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Desirable: Masters degree in a relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines include social sciences, health sciences, dance, and arts and health.  

Candidates are strongly encouraged to email the named research supervisor for the project before applying and to attend one of the information sessions taking place on Microsoft Teams at 3pm on Wednesday 13th of March 2024 and 6pm on Tuesday 26th of March 2024. There is no need to register for these sessions. The Teams link for both sessions is below

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How to Apply

These PhD projects are available as a 3 years full-time programme, but we also welcome applications for part time study which may suit an allied health professional (5 years part-time PhD study programme). Please note that emails to the supervisory team or enquires submitted via this project advert do not constitute formal applications; applicants should apply using the link on our Application Process page by choosing Health and Social Care area.  

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Funding Notes

These PhD opportunities are fully funded for Home students. Home student fees are included and an annual stipend in line with that supported by the UKRI, currently £18,622 for 23/24. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, but should note that the difference between Home and Overseas fees will be met from the stipend award and a reduced stipend payment will be made.


Contact information
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