Anglia Ruskin University ARU Featured PhD Programmes
Anglia Ruskin University ARU Featured PhD Programmes

Researching Leadership Development in the NHS

School of Social Policy

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Prof Justin Waring No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This is your opportunity to join a growing and thriving research community at the Health Services Management Centre in the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham. As part of our world-leading research on the organisation and management of health and care services, we are recruiting a PhD Studentship on the theme of NHS service improvement.  

Context of research

Leadership development has been a significant priority for workforce and organisation development. In England, this is championed by the work of the NHS Leadership Academy and substantial leadership programmes, such as the ‘Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’ (EGA) programme. The EGA programme seeks to develop the leadership of mid-to-senior NHS staff focussing on: patient experience; equality, diversity and inclusion; and sustaining improvement.

This research project

This studentship will contribute to the on-going analysis and appraisal of the EGA programme by establishing new empirical and theoretical insight into the processes, outcomes and contributions of leadership development. In consultation with academic supervisors from the Health Services Management Centre, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to devise a unique research proposal.


This high-profile studentship is funded by the University of Birmingham and includes fees, a stipend (£15k per annum) and funding for attendance at conferences. The successful applicant will benefit from the generous support and resources available at the University of Birmingham. We recognise that doctoral study is very challenging due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. In light of these challenges, we have developed robust supports for postgraduate research students, and we will support the successful candidate to ensure they are able to progress in their studies in a safe and timely manner.

Period of post: 27th September 2021 for 3 years


Applicants should be exceptional UK students with an interest in improving quality and safety and/or leadership development in healthcare. Applicants must have an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification. Applications are encouraged for both full and part-time study.

How to apply:

Candidates should submit a formal application for a PhD in Health Services Management using this link to our admissions system.

Please ensure that you include the following items in your application: 

·      A CV and short covering letter providing information about your background, qualifications and why you are well suited for one of the fellowship posts

·      a statement of approximately 1000 words explaining why you wish to study this topic and what contribution you would hope to make (e.g. to theory, policy or practice)



For further details about the studentship, please contact Professor Justin Waring, [Email Address Removed]

For questions related to making your application, please contact Abbie Price in the Doctoral Programmes Office: [Email Address Removed]

Please note that these email addresses are given for enquiries only. If you wish to make an application for these opportunities, you must make a formal application following the process outlined in the “How to apply” section above.

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