PhD Studentship: Redesigning Work and Workplaces to Improve Wellbeing (DanielsK_U17NBS)

University of East Anglia - School of Norwich Business School

Start Date: April 2018

Supervisor: Prof Kevin Daniels

Project description:

Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Redesigning Work and Workplaces to Improve Wellbeing

Major workplace influences on psychological health and wellbeing are the nature of the tasks and duties workers perform and the nature of social relationships in the workplace. Taking steps to improve jobs and workplace social relationships should, in theory, lead to improved workplace health and wellbeing. However, the evidence from intentional change efforts to improve jobs does not yet provide clear answers on which initiatives and actions produce benefits and which do not.

The purpose of this Graduate Teaching Assistantship is to make a significant contribution to our knowledge of how to bring about intentional improvements in the design of work and workplaces through longitudinal study of such changes. You will work alongside members of the Work and Learning Programme of the What Works for Wellbeing Centre ( based in the Employment Systems and Institutions Group of Norwich Business School (

You will register for a PhD and your doctoral research will be your primary objective. You will also be given the opportunity to develop a set of other skills and experiences that are also necessary. This will include participating in the delivery of NBS undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including seminars, tutorials and marking.

The key components are as follows:

  • Full tuition fees (home/EU level of fees)
  • A tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,533 per year)
  • Conference and training fund £1000 per year
  • Developing Teaching Skills: 20 credit Masters’ module, which is a part of the Higher Education Practice (MA HEP)
  • Develop teacher training relationships with teaching mentors in addition to your PhD supervisors

Person specification:

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1 for acceptable first degrees. Previous study should include areas such as work and organisational psychology, employment relations, labour market economics, social science research methods, occupational health sciences.

Candidates applying should hold or expect to hold a good relevant Masters qualification (65% and includes training in research methods and an independently researched dissertation) in a relevant subject area.

Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language. If English is not an applicants native language, the Language Requirements for research degrees must be met (IELTS 7.0 at least 6.5 in each component.

Funding notes: This PhD project studentship by the Norwich Business School.  This studentship is funded for 3 years and comprises home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,553 and £1000 per annum to support research training.

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