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PhD Studentship: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy (Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care) and the School of Sociology and Social Policy
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy (Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care) and the School of Sociology and Social Policy
Young Carers caring for a parent with palliative care needs.
Closing Date: Friday, 11th May 2012
Applications are invited for the above studentship supported by The University of Nottingham, to commence 1 October 2012. The academic supervisors are Dr Kathryn Almack (Nursing) and Professor Saul Becker (Sociology and Social Policy).
The PhD will focus on exploring the experiences of, and outcomes for, young people living with and caring for a parent with palliative care needs. This highly sensitive and difficult issue has not been the subject of specific research, but we do know that for many young people their caring roles will only end when their parent is no longer with them. How children are supported during this difficult time of care-giving, and beyond, will have far reaching implications for children, families and communities. Identifying best practice and the most appropriate support networks is critical to both the quality of care provided by and to young carers, and in influencing outcomes for children and parents.
The study will adopt a qualitative case study approach to enable an investigation of young carers' experiences while at the same time considering the young person as part of a family and, where available, a network of support.
This project will be of interest to students with a background in sociology, social policy, social work and related social sciences and/or the health care professions. The University of Nottingham offers an excellent research training programme, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, as well as supportive supervision. The successful applicant will join a lively community of research students across the two Schools and wider University. They will also be associated with the University's multidisciplinary Children and Childhood Network.
The studentship offers the equivalent Home/EU tuition fees in addition to a 13,590 GBP yearly stipend for three years, subject to satisfactory progress, and an allowance to support research costs. International applicants are also welcome, however they will need to secure the additional funds required to make up the full International tuition fee amount. The University's Admissions Office can provide further guidance on fee status.
For entry at PhD level, students should have a first- or upper-second-class honours degree and an interest in research. Alternatively they may have recently completed a Postgraduate Masters programme to a high academic standard.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to:
Dr Kathryn Almack
tel: 0044(0)115 82 31202
Prof Saul Becker
tel: 0044 (0)115 95 15403
Applications should be made online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal. Supporting information consisting of a current CV, an example of academic writing (up to 5,000 words) and a covering letter indicating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research in this field, should then be sent to Miss Cin Mond Kong Cin.Kong@nottingham.ac.uk. Interviews will be held the week commencing 28 May 2012. UK-based applicants will be interviewed in person, if possible; international applicants will be interviewed via video-conferencing, SKYPE or telephone. Decisions will be made in early June 2012.
Full details available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/MED1057
Document: ASDS-event-PhD further information.pdf