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PhD Studentship: The Treatment and Experiences of Children with Cancer in Britain since c.1945

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Dr Laura Tisdall Friday, May 14, 2021 Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Value of award

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £15,609 to increase in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate. Successful international candidates will be required to fund the difference between home fees and international fees.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2021, 3 years


This project will focus on the ways in which the treatment of children with cancer in Britain has changed since c.1945, relating developments in clinical practice to wider shifts in the care of these young patients, and to changing medical and psychological ideas about childhood, competency and agency. It will also consider the experiences of children and their families, and how they reacted to an evolving emotional landscape of childhood cancer provision in this period.

The researcher will be allowed the scope to develop this particular project in the ways that most interest them. Themes might include fundraising strategies and how childhood cancer was represented to a wider public, the expansion of children’s wards and children’s hospices, and/or the narratives of patients, parents or siblings.

The researcher will be based in the vibrant and supportive School of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) at Newcastle, which offers multiple opportunities for a researcher working on childhood and adolescence through existing research strands such as Life-Cycles, Bodies, Health and Disease, as well as through interdisciplinary links with work on childhood being conducted elsewhere, for example, in the Schools of English Literature, Sociology, and Education. The project is also a perfect fit for emerging NUCoREs in both Childhood and Youth and Cancer, opening up connections with the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Newcastle has a large community of postgraduate researchers in HCA, supported by the Postgraduate Forum.


The studentship is funded by the Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship (NUAcT) scheme.

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Laura Tisdall (History). Laura is a historian of childhood, adolescence and chronological age in twentieth and twenty-first century Britain.

Eligibility Criteria

2.1 undergraduate degree plus a masters degree in a relevant field (could include, but is not confined to, history, sociology, social anthropology).

This studentship is open to home and international students.

English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills.

How to apply

We anticipate that interviews will be held in June.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • click on programme of study
  • insert 8210F in the programme code section and click search
  • select Programme name: PhD School of History Classics and Archaeology (full time) - History
  • insert hca007 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code hca007 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates


Dr Laura Tisdall


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