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PhD studentship - dementia and sports reminiscence

Organisation: Association for Dementia Studies
Location: University of Worcester
Website: http://www.worc.ac.uk/discover/phd-studentships.html
Contact Email: simon.evans@worc.ac.uk
Deadline: 07 June 2017
Salary: a tax free bursary of £13,863 for a period of 3 years • a fee-waiver for 4 years

The University of Worcester is seeking to grow its interdisciplinary research capacity in Dementia Studies and the socio-cultural aspects of sport, exercise, and the body. In particular, the University wishes to strengthen its research on the varied roles that the cultural dimensions of sport (in particular, sporting reminiscence, memory and nostalgia) may have in the (re)construction of identities, communities and experiences of individuals with dementia. To this end, the University of Worcester is offering a full time 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the following area: Dementia and Sports reminiscence, memory and nostalgia: Engaging with the cultural dimensions of sport as a means of improving community engagement for people living with dementia.
Details of the studentship

During the period of your studentship you will receive the following:

• a tax free bursary of £13,863 for a period of 3 years

• a fee-waiver for 4 years

• a laptop

• use of the Research Student Study Space in Research School

• access to the Research Student Support Scheme to cover costs and expenses related to your research.

You will be expected to play an active role in the life of both the Research School and of the Institute of Health & Society. You will be given opportunities to gain experience in learning and teaching within the Institute under the guidance of your Director of Studies

Qualifications needed


Applicants should have or be able to evidence:

• (or expect to receive) preferably a MA/MSc in the Sociology or Psycho-social aspects of Sport/Sport Studies/Physical Education fields or a closely related and relevant discipline OR Masters level study in psychology, sociology, dementia studies or a closely related and relevant discipline

• A First or Upper Second (2.1) Honours Degree with a relevant social science background such as Psychology, Sociology, Sport Studies or Physical Education, or, a closely related and relevant discipline such as Public Health or Education

• Proficiency in oral and written English;

• Computer literacy;

• Ability to take initiative on the project and organise and meet deadlines;

• Good interpersonal skills;

• Ability to work independently and contribute to a team;

• A high level of commitment and an enthusiastic approach to completing a higher research degree

• Experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative research skills and methodologies within psycho-social/psychological/sociological /health domains


• Masters Degree level experience of appropriate research methods and skills;

• Ability to contribute to research study design;

• Full UK Driving Licence

As part of its mission statement the University is committed to widening participation for its higher degrees. Although most candidates will have an undergraduate and/or a Masters degree, the University is happy to accept applications from candidates with relevant professional qualifications and work related experience

The Interview

All successful applicants will be interviewed. The interview normally lasts around 3 hours in total and includes a meeting with the project supervisor(s), a chance to talk to some of our full-time students and an opportunity to view the campus and Institutional facilities. You will be asked to make a short presentation on a topic related to the study. You will also be asked to provide an example of your written work (e.g. a dissertation) ahead of the interview. For further information or an informal discussion on this project, please contact Dr Simon Evans (Director of Studies) via telephone on +44 (0)1905 55 5250, or by email at: simon.evans@worc.ac.uk

Application forms are available at:


Completed application forms should be sent by email to: research@worc.ac.uk or sent via post to: Research School, Jenny Lind Building, Henwick Grove, St Johns, Worcester, WR2 6AJ
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