Applications are invited for a fully-funded ESRC CASE Doctoral Award to be held at the University of Liverpool, beginning in October 2016.
The project is a collaboration with the Liverpool Medical Institution [LMI], one of the oldest medical societies in Britain, which occupies a bespoke grade II* listed building, with a library and lecture theatre. At its peak, the LMI had a membership of over 1,000 doctors: many used it as their ‘club’, and regularly attended the weekly scientific meetings and social events. The LMI provided an efficient and effective medical communications network in the city, bringing GPs into contact with hospital specialists and academics. This project will explore the structure and function of Liverpool’s medical community through the perspective of the LMI, and its capacity to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare environment after the creation of the NHS in 1948. This will provide new knowledge and understanding of local medical networks, and interactions around education, training and delivery of health services, which will have a significant policy impact.
The PhD will be supervised by Professor Sally Sheard (University of Liverpool) and Dr Stephanie Snow (University of Manchester). The LMI components of the project, which will involve the equivalent of nine months’ placement over the three years of the PhD, will be supervised by Adrienne Mayers (LMI librarian) and Sam Pickup (LMI general manager). This Award provides an excellent opportunity to develop transferable skills through working outside an academic environment, including analysis of primary sources, oral history interviewing, organising events, assisting with the LMI’s redevelopment strategy and the creation of web-based materials.
This Postgraduate Studentship is being offered on a +3 basis. Applicants must have achieved a first class or high 2:1 undergraduate degree and a level of research training that will allow them to proceed directly to a PhD. This will usually be through a Masters qualification which must be completed before October 2016. In very exceptional circumstances a 1+3 award may be considered. Applicants are advised to check the ESRC guidance on eligibility for Studentship Awards which can be found on the ESRC website.
The deadline for applications is 5.00 pm on Monday 15 February 2016. Please send a CV (including educational qualifications) and a statement outlining your suitability for this research project (maximum 500 words) to Chris Pearce, Postgraduate Administrator, School of Histories Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool, 12 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 7WZ, or [email protected]
Specific enquiries about the project should be addressed to Professor Sally Sheard: [email protected]