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What is the impact of the Academic Health Sciences Network on the health and economy of the North of England? (ref: AHSN19/PSY/DEARY)

  • Full or part time
    Dr V Deary
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Academic Health Sciences Networks (AHSNs) were set up to enable collaborations between industry, academia and the NHS. Their aim is to enable and accelerate the spread of health innovations, and through doing this to have a beneficial impact on patient and population health and also the regional economy. Each AHSN - of which there are 15 - has its own way of working, tailored to its local environment. The North of England one is involved in a range of innovative health care related projects such as the Great North Care Record, the Patient Safety Collaborative and The Innovation Pathway. For a full description of their activities take a look at their website
This studentship will explore exactly how the North East and North Cumbria AHSN does its work and has its impact of the community. The project will involve mainly qualitative research, potentially including some ethnographic work, as well as analysis of existing quantitative data. You would be able to get alongside the team, observing and analyzing their daily work, and also to travel across the North, studying the areas where their work is making a difference. This studentship would offer an exciting opportunity for students who have studied social science, health sciences, public health, health psychology, occupational psychology, or general psychology and who have an interest in the way organizations work and have their impact. You would be expected to have an understanding and commitment to high quality qualitative and quantitative research.
If you think you might be interested, why not drop Professor Tim Rapley () or Professor Vincent Deary () an email. They would be the supervisors, and bring their respective expertise in social science and health psychology to the studentship.

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. AHSN19/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 1st May 2020
Interviews: May/ June 2020
Course start date: 1st September 2020

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home/EU students including a full stipend, paid for three and a half years at enhanced rates (for 2020/21, this is £17,285 pa) and full fees.

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