NIHR ARC North Thames funded PhD studentships

The National Institute of Health Research Applied Research Collaboration North Thames (NIHR ARC North Thames) is now recruiting to its 2020 PhD studentships programme.

NIHR ARC North Thames is a research partnership committed to identifying the health and care problems that most concern everyone in our region and beyond, designing innovative research in response to those needs and then quickly putting the findings into practice.

Led by Professor Rosalind Raine (UCL), NIHR ARC North Thames is a collaboration of 50+ partners, including leading universities, NHS trusts, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, UCLPartners, industry and organisations representing patients and the public.

We invite applications for 3-year PhD studentships starting September 2020.

Deadline: 5th January 2020
Interviews: W/C 20th January & W/C 27th January 2020
Duration:
3 years, commencing September 2020
Stipend: £17,803

Details of the projects and supervisors are given below, with links to further information:

Co-morbidity in people living with and beyond cancer

Institution: Queen Mary University of London
Primary Supervisor and email address: Professor Steph Taylor, s.j.c.taylor@qmul.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 28 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Optimising and embedding a community development approach in local systems to improve health and reduce inequalities.

Institution: University of East London
Primary Supervisor and email address: Professor Angela Harden – a.harden@uel.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 22 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Addressing the polypharmacy challenge in working-age adults

Institution: Queen Mary University of London
Primary Supervisor and email address: Professor Deborah Swinglehurst – d.swinglehurst@qmul.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 28 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Cancer and comorbidity: impact of comorbid conditions on equity of access and safety and outcomes of cancer treatments

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Primary Supervisor and email address: Professor Andrew Hutchings – Andrew.Hutchings@lshtm.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 29 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Co-Production/Evaluation of an intervention to address Knife Crime

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Primary Supervisor and email address: Professor Peter Weatherburn – peter.weatherburn@lshtm.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 28 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Development and piloting of an enhanced whole-school approach to bullying prevention through restorative practice

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Primary Supervisor and email address: Professor Chris Bonell – Chris.Bonell@lshtm.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 30 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Development of strategies for implementation of digital technologies in medical consultations

Institution: UCL
Primary Supervisor and email address:  Professor Fiona Stevenson – f.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 29 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Evaluating services for older adults with multimorbidity across health and social care

Institution: UCL
Primary Supervisor and email address: Dr Daniel Davis – Daniel.davis@ucl.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 29 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Gambling with the health of Londoners: how are local authorities tackling the health consequences of gambling?

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Primary Supervisor and email address: Professor Martin McKee – Martin.McKee@lshtm.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 30 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Identification of patient safety indicators spanning primary and secondary care, and development of a framework to guide safety monitoring

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Primary Supervisor and email address: Dr Helen Hogan – helen.hogan@lshtm.ac.uk
Funding Status: Directly Funded Project (UK and EU Students Only) Stipend: £17,803
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 22 January 2020
Duration: 3 years, full time


Training opportunities
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 NIHR 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.

Eligibility
Candidates should hold a Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline (or be due to 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.academy@ucl.ac.uk 

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.academy@ucl.ac.uk

Deadline: 5 January 2020
Interviews: During the weeks commencing 20 January & 27 January 2020 (see individual project pages for exact interview date)
Duration:
3 years, full time, commencing September 2020
Stipend: £17,803