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Motorcycle Injury Prevention

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 05, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road user groups in England with an average of 6 deaths and 94 serious injuries per week (Department of Transport, 2015). They account for 1% of the miles driven on the UK roads, but comprise 18% of those killed or critically injured (RoSPA, 2017). In Great Britain, 19,297 motorcyclists were injured in reported road accidents in 2016 (RoSPA, 2017). Some contributing factors for motorcycle accidents include poor turning or manoeuvring, failure to look properly and failure to judge other road users path or speed (Department of Transport, 2015). However, these statistics are largely subjective as they reflect the opinion of the reporting officer. In response to these injuries and statistics, the DocBike charity, developed in Dorset by an Air Ambulance critical care medical consultant and a serving traffic police officer, seeks to modify the riding behaviour of motorcyclists through cultural change and increased awareness of the causes of motorcycle collisions.

Because motorcyclists do not have seatbelts, airbags, roll cages or crumple-zones, high energy impact collisions result in critical injuries or more frequently, death. In those individuals that survive, life-changing disablement results in a life-time of difficulty, a reduced ability to work and increased dependence on society. Huge resources in the NHS are involved in the care of a critically injured motorcyclist, having a major impact on the finance and delivery of finite NHS resources. Using research to develop an effective, evidence-based injury prevention strategy that can be used nationally and internationally to reduce the incidence of motorcycle collisions will:

• Reduce the number of killed or critically injured motorcyclists across the world
• Reduce the financial, material and staffing resources required to treat injured motorcyclists in the ambulance and hospital settings
• Reduce the burden to society of those who can no longer work
• Reduce financial burden to police forces investigating serious collisions and to the wider community as a result of road closures
• Reduce the incidence of psychological distress/ illness to patients, families, other road users and members of the emergency services as a result of the collision.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

• The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months
Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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