Ageing and dementia PhD opportunities with Coventry University

Posted on 31 January 2017 (Permalink)

Coventry University has two funded PhD opportunities available, connected to dementia care and supporting ageing: 

Innovation for dementia care: evaluation of digital health and wellbeing apps in "real life" living labs

This PhD forms part of an exciting UK-wide multi-sector consortium created to find technology solutions to support healthy ageing, and improved management of long-term health conditions. The project will explore the potential for digital innovations to improve health and wellbeing for a frail elderly population, including people living with dementia. Interventions will be evaluated in high-tech ‘living lab’ environments to assess whether they produce improvements in residents’ quality of life and enable better support provision by carers. Secondary outcomes measured will include positive impact on activities of daily living, improved cognition and reduced health and care resource use. 

Communities within communities - an ecosystem to support ageing in place

This research will investigate a social-relational approach of providing residential care for the elderly. The research will be undertaken in collaboration with two strategic sector partners who are leaders in their fields of housing, and specialist care home provision, to develop a model of community engagement which improves the social and emotional wellbeing of older people living in their residential facilities in the local region.

Both PhDs are open to UK/EU applicants and existing Coventry University employees with the required experience. They offer £15,000 bursary per annum plus tuition fees, and last three years and six months, fixed term. If the PhD is completed within three years the PhD holder will be eligible to apply for one year’s post-doctoral funding to continue the work. 

The application deadline is 24 February.