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PhD Scholarship: From Responsive Regulation to Mutual Learning and Improvement of Social Care: Micro- and Meso-level Dynamics of Regulator Interactions With Service Providers, and With Service Users

The University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 per year
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th January 2019
Closes: 29th March 2019

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

This project will study the interactions between Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors who monitor and inspect residential care homes for older people, and

  • Corporate level and care home level managers in care home groups/chains
  • Residents of those care homes and their advocates involved in inspections

The aims are to extend the theory of ideal regulatory relationship types; study the impact of service user knowledge on regulation; and examine organisational learning within regulatory regimes.

The research is likely to include surveys of care home managers and CQC inspectors to identify different approaches to interaction; and in-depth investigation of regulatory inspection visits and other meetings through interviews, observations and documentary analysis.

The project forms part of a programme of research on CQC which began in 2013 and offers scope for substantial impact on regulatory policy and practice.  Membership of the cross-faculty Institute for Health Policy and Organisation and good links with researchers on health and social care regulation in other European countries will provide opportunities for networking and personal development.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business & Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29th March 2019


For further details about the project, please contact Alan Boyd at

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office:

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