PhD - Values Based Recruitment for Health Care Students

University of Surrey - Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education

Supervisor: Dr Alison Callwood

Funding: Directly Funded Project (European/UK Students only)

Project description

We are looking for an exceptional and highly motivated individual to take up an exciting opportunity with the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education.

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship funded by the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education within the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, through an endowment from the General Nursing Council for England & Wales Trust. Part-time applications may be considered. We regret that funding is only available for home student fees.

We are seeking applicants with an interest in Values Based Recruitment (VBR). Since the publication of the Francis Report (2013), all healthcare students are selected by Higher Education Institutions according to the NHS Constitution values (Department of Heath, 2012). Part of the studentship will be undertaking the continuation of an existing longitudinal follow up study exploring changes to health care students’ values following exposure to the clinical practice environment during their education programme. In addition, there is scope to complement this study with additional relevant research.

Funding information:

The post would be offered for full time registration for PhD. The funding will include the tax-free stipend of £16,000, tuition fees and £500 funding for conference attendances per year. Support would be provided for applying for funding for training, conferences and travel through external agencies.

Applicant criteria:

Applicants must have a BSc with First-class honours or MSc (health related) and health care related experience.


Applicants are invited to write a proposal which aims to further explore ‘values attrition’ providing a rationale for their study drawing on existing research literature. The proposal should also briefly detail the methodology for the study (design, methods, sampling and analysis).

Please apply to Stephanie Fuller no later than 31st October 2016 including your CV, a letter detailing your suitability and motivation including an outline research proposal (not more than 3000 words).

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Alison Callwood

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