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Research Studentship

University of Bedfordshire - Institute for Health Research

Research Centre for Health Service Organisation and Delivery

Are You Passionate About Public Health Research?

Exciting New Research Studentship to Make A Unique Contribution to Patient-Centred, Integrated Care

Salary: Graduate bursary £14,057 per annum (jointly funded by the University of Bedfordshire, Turning Point and Luton Borough Council)
Fixed term: 3 years. Initially for 2 years for MPhil with a further year for completion of PhD
Closing date: 3rd December, 2018
Start date: March 2019



The University of Bedfordshire are pleased to offer a full-time PhD studentship in the subject area described below. This exciting new studentship has been made available through the collaboration of the Institute for Health Research, Turning Point and Luton Borough Council. The scholarship is offered in the Institute for Health Research and will cover tuition fees, bursary per annum as well as research and conference attendance expenses.

The institution

The University of Bedfordshire’s vision is ‘to create a vibrant multi-cultural learning community enabling people to transform their lives by participating in excellent, innovative education, scholarship and research’.

The Institute for Health Research (IHR) is a centre of excellence in research. Currently, our staff and research students come from more than 15 countries to create a strong global research community with interests in public health, health inequalities, maternal and child health, health informatics, epidemiology, chronic and infectious diseases, primary care, biostatistics, mental health and health services research.

IHR capitalises on local, national and international opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary cross-boundary research and innovation in health. A major goal of the IHR research programme is to understand the factors which determine health and health behaviour and aspects of local contexts, health systems and political economies that influence the successful implementation of proven health interventions and technologies.

The emphasis in the IHR is on multidisciplinary working and integration to create synergy and use researcher strengths to maximum effect. The IHR has strong collaborative links in the UK and also in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America. The IHR hosts an MSc in public health and offers extensive postgraduate research training to its approximately 50 doctoral students.

Our PhD School is a lively community comprising of a wealth of interests mainly in applied health research but also in global public health, epidemiology, nursing, midwifery, psychology and related disciplines.

Our aim is to provide a liberal and dynamic environment for PhD students from around the world to explore their interests and evolve into becoming the next leaders in health research.

The IHR is also part of the East of England NHS Research Design Service (RDS), which receives core funding from the NHS National Institute for Health Research. To find out more visit

The candidate

The successful candidate will have experience in the health and/or social care sector and a very good, proven academic record. The studentship holder will be key in developing and maintaining local networks with an emphasis on harnessing the collaboration between partner organisations. It is expected that the successful applicant will help develop new national collaborations and foster knowledge exchange between the University and the health sector, thus ensuring the research has resonance and applicability beyond the immediate project.

You will be joining an international research centre of excellence with a strong postgraduate presence and culture.

Area of research

Total Wellbeing Luton was commissioned by Luton Council and NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group from April 2018 to bring together social, physical and emotional wellbeing into one service, the aim being to be more proactive and ambitious in promoting and improving health and wellbeing for people in Luton.

Turning Point and Active Luton provide the service which includes IAPT services and programmes that support adult and child healthy weight management, support with smoking cessation, social prescription, and NHS health checks.

Objectives of the research:

  • Assessment of intervention.
  • User, carer and professional experience and engagement.

In consultation with the supervisory team - Dr Yannis Pappas and Dr Angel Chater the successful candidate will be responsible for developing the final project outline to ensure that it draws on the student’s interests, background and research expertise.


The bursary will commence in March 2019, initially for two years for the MPhil stage with a further year for PhD completion, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship is for three years and is available for UK and EU candidates meeting the Research Council criterion of having been resident in the UK for the previous three years. Students not from the UK or EU will have to fund the difference between the UK/EU fee level and the full international student fee. Please consult the University website to determine what these fees would be and note that the presently advertised fee is likely to rise on annual basis.

The studentship will include tuition fees, a stipend of £14,057, research support and travel.

Entry criteria

  • A good first degree in health-related studies or cognate discipline.
  • Masters-level degree in a subject related to the project.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their ability in English, typically B2 level English qualification such as IELTS 7.0.

How to apply

For an application pack or any application queries please email quoting the appropriate reference number. Applicants need to submit a 1,000 word proposal setting out how they would approach the proposed subject area as a PhD study. In addition to a CV all applicants will need to send a cover letter with supporting information on their experience and skills and how these relate to the advertised PhD.

Interviews will take place on December 13th 2018

For informal discussions or non-application related queries, please contact Dr Yannis Pappas, Director of Studies, via email

Closing date: December 3rd, 2018

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Luton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,057 per annum (jointly funded by the University of Bedfordshire, Turning Point and Luton Borough Council)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 3rd December 2018
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