Department of Public Health, Environments and Society, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Supervisors names and email addresses;
1) Professor Chris Bonell – Chris.Bonell@lshtm.ac.uk
2) Professor Russell Viner – R.firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Professor GJ. Melendez-Torres – G.J.Melendez-Torres@exeter.ac.uk
Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only)
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 30 January 2020
3 years, full time
The INCLUSIVE trial reported in a recent Lancet paper that “Learning Together” a whole-school approach to preventing bullying and promoting adolescent health had a multitude of benefits among adolescents attending secondary schools in south-east England. The intervention comprised the use of restorative practices to address violence and conflict between students as well as student participation with staff on school ‘action groups’ to inform school policy, management and intervention coordination. As well as reductions in bullying, these included reductions in smoking, reductions in alcohol and drug use, and improved mental wellbeing and psychological functioning. However, effects for students of low socio-economic status were not greater than for other students. Effects for girls were not as great as for boys.
The PhD will aim to refine the Learning Together intervention, informed by secondary analysis of trial data, review of existing evidence and consultation with teachers and policy-makers. It will then aim to pilot any new or refined intervention components in a small number of case study schools to assess feasibility, acceptability, fidelity and reach.
Project-specific skills and experience required:
Applicants should have qualification or experience in public health or educational research.
Applicants should have qualifications or experience in mixed-method research ideally within intervention studies.
All candidates should hold a Master’s qualification (or complete their Master’s by September 2020) in an appropriate discipline and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Applicants should preferably have knowledge of the UK health and care system. All applicants are required to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.
Enquiries email name and address:
Professor Chris Bonell – LSHTM (Chris.Bonell@lshtm.ac.uk)
PhD students will be entitled to the full range of PhD training opportunities at their host institution. In addition, all PhD students will benefit from the training provided by the NIHR ARC North Thames Academy (The Academy). The Academy brings together PhD students from across ARC North Thames, to create a community of students training in applied health research. The Academy works alongside each host institution’s graduate training programme to equip students with the skills needed to work at the interface of academia and health services.
Our doctoral programme focuses on practical aspects of applied health research, such as the skills required to undertake research in health care and public health settings, to engage patients and the public in research, and to navigate relevant ethical and research governance approval systems. In addition, we aim to provide students with an understanding of how their work fits into current NHS structures and applied public health research environments. PhD students will be expected to attend and present at scientific meetings aimed at disseminating the findings of ARC research.
Publication and wider dissemination:
It is expected that results of the PhD research will be publishable in good quality, peer-reviewed academic journals and communicated at conferences. The research would also be expected to generate outputs tailored to applied health research, public health practitioner, and policy-making audiences.
Candidates should hold a Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline (or complete their Master’s by September 2020) and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Applicants should preferably have knowledge of the UK health and care system. All applicants require excellent written and verbal communication skills and should be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.
Due to funding restrictions, applicants must be UK/EU nationals. Please refer to UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) for the criteria.
How to apply
If you have queries about potential projects or would like to discuss these in more detail, please contact the appropriate supervisors by email. In case of any difficulties in making contact, please email ARC.email@example.com
Your application should consist of:
- A CV (to include qualifications, work experience, publications, presentations and prizes) plus contact details of two academic referees (references will be taken up for all shortlisted candidates).
- A personal statement (300 words) describing your suitability for the proposed project including how your research experience, skills and interests relate to the topic.
- A 1-page proposal of how you would develop the PhD project that you are applying for.
Please send your application to ARC.firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 5th January 2020
Interviews: 30th January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time