Beat the Bugs: Evaluation of a novel community intervention to improve public understanding on hygiene and infection control: an Open University, ESRC ‘Grand Union’ funded PhD Studentship commencing October 2018

Open University

Public Health England, working in collaboration with the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership are offering a PhD studentship to explore the use of their intervention programme ‘Beat the Bugs’ with people who are socially marginalised. ‘Beat the Bugs’ is a novel community resource designed to educate the population on hygiene and the spread of infection, thus reducing the incidence of infection and the subsequent need for antibiotics. The programme also seeks to improve understanding on effective antibiotic use in order to reduce antibiotic prescribing and thus reduce the incidence of antibiotic resistance

The studentship will be based at The Open University. At the Open University we are keen to attract students to work with us on research that places the experiences of service users, ‘patients’, carers, family members and practitioners at the fore of inquiry and we recognise the value of the participatory research methods. Our research culture highly values inclusive research, particularly with individuals who are marginalised, ‘hard to reach’ or have complex needs. Our research draws on various methodologies and forms of analysis, much of it is based on multidisciplinary work across the social sciences, in particular drawing on medical sociology, critical psychology, anthropology and other critical, applied social sciences.

For more information on the application process see:

To inquire about these studentships contact Dr Lindsay O’Dell by email:

Closing date 19th January 2018. Interviews to be held in February 2018.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

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