PhD Studentship: What Strategies Would Early Career Midwives Find of Benefit in Order to Develop, Grow and Maintain Their Resilience in the Workplace?

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Catherine Angell

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, working in partnership with University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is offering a Matched-Funded PhD Studentship.

The successful candidate will spend two days per week working as a registered midwife at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and 3 days per week working on the PhD research study. The Studentship is for 4 years, which will begin in September 2018. You will be supported by an annual £15,000 stipend and an additional sum to support training and development costs during the Studentship.

The aim of this study is to identify, implement and review the effectiveness of an intervention to develop, grow and maintain the resilience of early (0-5 years) career midwives. The study will engage with early career midwives and stakeholders to help design and implement a relevant intervention. Acceptability and practicality of the intervention will be determined by field work, such as on-line, telephone and / or face-to-face interviews as justified by the student.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Catherine Angell, Principal Lecturer in Midwifery whose interests include the education of students and their strategies to cope with the demands of an undergraduate programme. Dr Sarah Eales, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health who has a key interest in Liaison Mental Health Care.

Please use the online form to apply by 30th April 2018. Interviews will be held at the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in May.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,777 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 48 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Eligibility criteria

You must be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • outstanding academic potential as measured by either a 1st class honours degree or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Additional entry criteria: You must be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 30 April 2018.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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