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KESS 2 Scholarship; To Develop and Evaluate One Virtual Reality Motor Rehabilitation Program for Post-Stroke Survivors (MbyRes)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to study the application of virtual reality (VR) in digital health with the potential to lead to entirely new approaches in motor rehabilitation for stroke survivors.
The selected candidate will apply their research and coding skills and ambition to our VR secondary development kits. This research and development project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of psychological intervention research.

Programme of research:

Stroke is a common health care problem globally, and it is a leading cause of acquired disability worldwide. Stroke rehabilitation has been a major component of health service provision. In England, for example, the healthcare costs associated with stroke have been estimated at £2.8bn a year.

Traditional mirror therapy (MT) is a form of motor imagery in which a mirror is used to convey visual stimuli to the brain through observation of one’s unaffected body part. Research has shown that mirror therapy can improve movement of the affected upper and lower limb. The current MT has two limitations: firstly, the effectiveness on lower limb does not appear to be significant; secondly, its use for training subtle hand motor skills appears limited.
Virtual Reality (VR) provides a unique medium suited to the achieving an effective rehabilitation intervention. Specifically, therapy can be provided within a functional, purposeful and motivating context. The current proposed VR technology will significantly improve and ultimately replace existing Mirror therapy (MT). The current project aims to supply pilot evidence to support the feasibility of utilising VR technology in motor rehabilitation.

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit:

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Biao Zeng ().

Further information at:
Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 1st March 2020

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time MbyRes programme and pay a stipend of circa £11k p.a. There is also around £3k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.

The position is available from 1st April 2020.

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