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PhD studentship in understanding visual vertigo

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  • Full or part time
    Dr P Sumner
    Prof S Rushton
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We seek an excellent and motivated PhD student join a cross-disciplinary team trying to help sufferers of visual vertigo. The PhD will be supervised by Prof Petroc Sumner, Prof Simon Rushton and Dr Georgina Powell in collaboration with colleagues in University Hospital Wales. Sufferers of visual vertigo (sometimes called visual dependency) experience debilitating episodes of dizziness triggered by certain visual stimuli or environments, such as supermarket aisles, motorways while driving, or patterned carpets. This raises important scientific questions about how cues are integrated between vision and balance, as well as a clinical need for improved rehabilitation tools. Currently, rehabilitation is generally slow and often incomplete. Our aim is to understand why certain stimuli can trigger dizziness and what processing deficits might underlie visual vertigo, and then generate improved rehabilitation tools.

Funding Notes

The studentships will commence in October 2016, and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2015-16 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,057 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, you will receive a participant allowance of £300 per annum, and conference funding (£100 in Year 1, £600 in Years 2 and 3).


Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students. International students will typically be eligible for a UK/EU equivalent award only.

School studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent).

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