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    Three year full time (part time considered following discussion) PhD Research Studentship, funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust

    Project Title: Elizabeth Casson PhD Award

    Director of Studies: Prof. Helen Dawes (Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair)

    Eligibility: UK/EU Applicants who have qualified from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists approved programme

    Closing Date: 13 April 2018

    Start date: 17 September 2018 (possibility of January 2019 enrolment)

    Value pa: Bursary of £14,777 per annum (pro rata for academic year 2018/19) plus fees and reasonable project costs



    Entry requirement: an MSc/BSc degree in Occupational Therapy. A masters level is expected however a bachelors level may be considered if the applicant can demonstrate appropriate engagement with research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. All applicants will need to have demonstrated some engagement with post-qualification research-related activity.  

    Project description:

    The Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS), a member of the Oxford Brookes – led Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) partnership, is currently exploring research themes that range from improving mental health and wellbeing management in people with long-term conditions to the development of therapeutic interventions for the ageing population. Projects are being delivered through close relationships between the Centre and its partners: OxINMAHR, Oxford Health (OH), Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) and Higher Education England Thames Valley (HEETV).

    For this studentship, the successful candidate will join the Centre for an exciting opportunity within a new PhD programme. Funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust, the Elizabeth Casson PhD award aims to develop and promote the evidence base of occupational therapy in order to increase the understanding of the efficacy and unique contribution of occupational therapists to those people with occupational needs within the UK. We invite applications for projects which pursue research in line with this aim. Projects that also align with the evolving UK care agenda are encouraged.

    The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in research activities at the Centre, present at relevant scientific meetings and to publish their work. Additionally, the candidate will be required to report on progress to the funders. Appropriate training relevant to undertaking a PhD will be provided.

    Any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit specified documents.

    For further information on the project please e-mail Prof. Helen Dawes

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    For applications inquiries please contact Research Administrator