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PhD Studentship - Reconnecting People with Communities: Exploring Collaborative Practices within Criminal Diversion and Liaison Services

Bournemouth University - HSS

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 1st May 2019

Lead Supervisor name: Professor Sarah Hean

Project Description: Offender mental ill health is a societal challenge with the majority of prisoners demonstrating such issues. The WHO recommends improving interorganisational and Interprofessional collaboration between mental health services(MHS) and criminal justice services (CJS) to address this. These organisations, and professionals within them, do not always collaborate optimally leading to a lack of continuity and serious errors in care. Effective collaboration is needed for early diagnosis of the offender, treatment, appropriate sentencing or diversion into the MHS. There is a range of practice models aimed at improving collaboration. These Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion schemes (CJLDs) some of which are based in police services. The CJLDs provide a means of addressing mental health and other vulnerabilities in people in contact with the criminal justice system, whilst integrating the work of mental health and police services.  Little is understood of the challenges that face these services in terms of their capability to achieve interagency collaboration and respond innovatively to this rapidly changing practice environment.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 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.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Additional Eligibility

Experience in the criminal justice or mental health field will be an advantage.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, 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.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 1 May 2019.

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

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