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PANAGIOTAKI_U19WP: The Impact of Financial Stress on the Wellbeing of Health Professional University Students: a Comparison Between Students from Widening Participation (WP) and Non-WP Backgrounds

University of East Anglia - Norwich Medical School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: EU Students, International Students, Self-funded Students, UK Students
Funding amount: £14,777 £1,000 per annum to support research training
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th January 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019

No. of positions available: 1

Location: Norwich

HoursFull time

Contract: Temporary

Supervisor: Primary: Dr Georgia Panagiotaki
                    Secondary: Dr Patricia Harris 

Project description:

Financial stress experienced by university students is a driving factor for poor wellbeing, lower academic performance and retention. This fully funded PhD scholarship will explore the relationship between experience of financial stress and wellbeing with a focus on health professional students from widening participation (WP) backgrounds. It aims to establish the link between these variables, and shape national policy and practice around student support. We seek applicants who are passionate about research, education, mental health and widening participation. 

Research Methodology

The proposed study will use a mixed methods approach (questionnaires, interviews and focus groups).  We seek candidates with an excellent understanding of the research process and skills in both quantitative and qualitative data handling. 

Supervision and training

This is a supervisor-led PhD and the student will be mentored by two experienced academic researchers. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to attend excellent postgraduate training in a number of areas including research methodology, statistics and academic writing. They will be strongly encouraged to gain experience in conference presentations and writing for peer-reviewed journals, while working closely with the supervisory team and UEA’s widening participation group.

Candidate specification

We are looking for an enthusiastic and independent graduate student in social sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Education or Management Studies) with a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree and a Masters with considerable research methods content. Experience in conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research, and an excellent standard of academic writing is desirable.

Person Specification: 

Acceptable first degree: Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Education or Management Studies) The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1, Masters with considerable research methods content or an MRes. 

Funding notes:

This studentship is being funded by UEA, as part of UEA’s commitment to the Office for Students to supporting Widening Participation.  This studentship is funded for 3 years and comprises home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,777 and £1,000 per annum to support research training. Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2018-19 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at . Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

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