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POLANDFU20ARCIIRP NIHR ARC EoE Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice-Led Health and Social Care Theme (IIRP) PhD Studentship on Eastern coastal community and volunteer involvement

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Prof Fiona Poland , Dr J Grotz No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

A funded PhD studentship for outstanding early-stage researchers’ project submissions to conduct a research project to understand and support community and volunteer involvement in prioritising and shaping health and social care service research in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. The proposal will explore innovative and critical uses of locally-focused research data; working with ARC East of England’s research themes to review and extend the scope of their knowledge of inclusive working.

PhD research questions and proposed work must align with the NIHR ARC East of England Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice-Led Health and Social Care Theme (IIRP) aims This theme aims to build community-inclusive understandings of research decision-making in health and social care including voluntary and community action, and involving communities by providing high quality evidence on methods and activities relevant to involving communities.
Such evidence will be vital as we confront current global pandemic challenges to ensure equitable and sustainable support.

We will prioritise projects if they:
- Develop links between the IIRP Theme and at least one other ARC Theme; and/or
- Inclusively involve communities from Great Yarmouth and Waveney, one of ARC EoE’s four ‘populations in focus’, (others are: Thurrock, Peterborough and Fenland, Stevenage); communities where people experience inequalities of income and health but few opportunities to benefit from applied research to address these in terms of access and voice in shaping.

How to apply
• Applicants may contact Professor Fiona Poland Co-Lead of IIRP Theme ([Email Address Removed] Tel: 01603 593630) to discuss their plans.
• Submit applications via UEA studentship application site link by deadline 26 November 2020
With your application please upload: (i) A letter outlining your suitability, why you are interested in a PhD in this area, (background and research interests). (ii) Your CV. (iii) Your academic transcripts. (iv) Details of two academic referees.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview via Microsoft Teams in early December 2020.

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here

This is a PhD programme.

The start date is 1st February 2021.

The mode of study is full time.

The studentship length is 3 years.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is a fully funded studentship for Home/EU applicants, funded jointly by UEA and ARC IIRP.

These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of Home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £15,285 and £1,000 per annum to support research training.

Entry Requirements

Acceptable first degree in health sciences, sociology, social policy, social anthropology or psychology The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.


i) Poland, F., Charlesworth, G., Leung, P., & Birt, L. (2019). Embedding patient and public involvement: managing tacit and explicit expectations. Health Expectations, 22(6), 1231-1239.

ii) Keenan, J., Poland, F., Boote, J., Howe, A., Wythe, H., Varley, A., ... Wellings, A. (2019). ‘We’re passengers sailing in the same ship, but we have our own berths to sleep in’: Evaluating patient and public involvement within a regional research programme: An action research project informed by Normalisation Process Theory. PLoS One, 14, [0215953].

iii) Wilson, P., Mathie, E., Poland, F., Keenan, J., Howe, A., …Goodman, C. How embedded is public involvement in mainstream health research in England a decade after policy implementation? A realist evaluation. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 23(2): 98-106

iv) Backhouse, T., Kenkmann, A., Lane, K., Penhale, B., Poland, F., & Killett, A. (2016). Older care-home residents as collaborators or advisors in research: a systematic review. Age and Ageing. 10.1093/ageing/afv201

v) Smith, D. H., Stebbins, R. A., Grotz, J. eds (2016) The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, Palgrave, Basingstoke,
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