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Wellbeing interventions for the transition to university

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The mental health of undergraduates in the transition to university had been an increasing concern for several years. Student support services within universities report exponential increase in student requirements and resource.

Several different wellbeing initiatives have been developed by universities to support students during this transition and to equip them with a range of strategies for managing their own wellbeing. This research will work with collaborators across the university and sector to identify key determinants of undergraduate wellbeing in the transition to university and test interventions to support ongoing wellbeing through university and beyond.

The aim of the research is to evaluate wellbeing interventions, explore their effectiveness for different populations of students and contribute towards developing more effective interventions that target the appropriate students. It is anticipated that this will be a mixed-methods approach, collecting and analysing patterns in both quantitative and qualitative data.

Depending on the candidate’s interests, there is potential to also work in schools to develop interventions to support children and young people’s wellbeing before they enter university.

Application Criteria:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in Psychology or a social sciences subject with equivalent research methods training. A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous. Desirable qualities in candidates include intellectual curiosity, a strong background in research methods and a demonstrable interest in the research of wellbeing.

Please ensure you clearly quote the project title in the personal statement section of the online application form when applying.

Anticipated start date: September 2020

Funding Notes

Fully funded by the University of Bath, this studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees, an annual stipend (£15,009 (19/20 rate) and a training support fee for a period of up to 3 years of full time study.

Related Subjects

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 54.20

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