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Master's by Research Scholarship. Past Times: Evaluating a Community Project for Older Adults

Project Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a funded Master’s by Research Scholarship within the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. The successful applicant will receive a 12-month bursary of £15,000 and fee waiver, to start in January 2020.

The Masters candidate will evaluate the ‘Past Times’ project provided by the Arch-Way Project in Halifax, a community-led charity set up to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. ‘Past Times’ is attended by an average of 75 older people per session and aims to support people experiencing physical and mental health problems, including dementia and loneliness. It takes place at a local Social Club in which a 1950's style social event is created, including live music. Although a survey and anecdotal feedback suggests the event is very beneficial, a more robust evaluation is required and this will be the focus of the Master’s by Research. This will form a key part of a project funded by the Reaching Communities Fund which is part of the Big Lottery. The project will develop a user guide to support other similar projects in the UK. We are looking for someone with a good first degree in a related discipline (upper 2.1 or 1st class), experience with qualitative research methods and excellent interpersonal skills.

A Master’s by Research is a one-year (full-time) research degree which contains no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme. You will plan and carry out the research within 12 months, in conjunction with your supervisors and the project team, with an optional further 4 months (without bursary) to finish writing up your findings in a 25,000 word thesis. Alongside working on the Master’s thesis you will also assist with developing the user guide. Whilst undertaking the research project you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.


For informal enquiries please contact either Prof Mike Lucock, Principal Investigator for the overall project, or Masters by Research supervisors Dr Dawn Leeming and Dr Kagari Shibazaki

How to Apply

Further information about the project, the School of Human and Health Sciences and the application process is available: [!#d.en.316113]

Funding Notes

Funded by the Reaching Communities Fund which is part of the Big Lottery.

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