PhD studentship: Understanding the unseen work of the Fire and Rescue Service

University of Plymouth

Exciting new PhD studentship opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

Plymouth University, in collaboration with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is delighted to offer this externally funded PhD research studentship stipend for nurses, other health care professionals or a Psychology graduate. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to explore and evaluate the largely unseen work of the Fire and Rescue Service related to community safety messages, accident prevention, as well as wider public and staff safety. For example, a recent PhD project undertaken by a Psychology graduate explored the impact of Learn to Live on college students; we are looking for the right PhD candidate to work with the supervisory team to identify the topic area, develop the question and the related research design. The service is keen to support this opportunity to evaluate their increasingly widening agenda in this area of activity and examine the societal return on investment from these programmes.

This PhD studentship is funded by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and includes full UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum, for a term of three years. Applications are invited from graduates (2:1 or above) in Nursing, Health Professions, Psychology or related disciplines. Non-UK/EU students are welcome to apply but will have to secure independent funding for the differential to overseas tuition fees (approx. £11,040 per annum).

Plymouth University ranks within the top 40 global modern universities and the top 50 UK research institutions. Plymouth is an ocean city located in Devon with a beautiful coastline and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Dartmoor National Park and Cornwall are just steps away.

Please apply online (see link below) with a CV and a cover letter, which includes your research ideas related to this application, your qualifications, and your career plans. 

For an informal discussion and further details contact Professor Bridie Kent ( or Associate Professor Liz Hellier (

Closing date for applications is: 12 noon, Friday 4th November 2016.

Interviews for short-listed candidates are planned for mid-November 2016. Programme start date: 01 January 2017.

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