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New PhD Opportunity at the University of Wolverhampton and HMP Stafford: Research on the Needs of Older Prisoners

University of Wolverhampton - The Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD)

Project overview

The older prisoner population is growing faster than the elderly in the general population. Older prisoners have become the focus of research in recent years, mainly from a health care perspective focused on physical illness, barriers to effective treatments, and end of life care in prison. However, there is a lack of understanding about the needs and characteristics of this group and a need to understand what a ‘good’ prison environment would look like. The three-year PhD would involve working collaboratively with HMP Stafford to contribute to knowledge and understanding about older prisoners; produce findings of practical value to HMP Stafford; and potentially feed into national discussions on this topic.

Applicants are encouraged to develop specific research questions based on their understanding of current research on older prisoners.

Please contact Professor Laura Caulfield if you would like to have an informal discussion about your ideas


Applicants must have a good honours bachelor degree (first or 2:1) in a relevant subject area and should preferably possess a masters degree or be close to completion. Experience of working or volunteering within the criminal justice system would also be advantageous.


EU/UK tuition fees will be paid by ICRD for a period of three years full time study. There is no stipend available with these PhDs. Applications from outside the EU are also welcomed.


Application form can be found here.

To apply, please return the attached application form to  

The application form will be the opportunity to demonstrate relevant experience and provide an outline of your understanding of the research topic and share your  research ideas.

From the application forms, shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an interview, which will include a 10 minute presentation detailing their research question, methodology and context. 

Successful applicants will subsequently complete a full research proposal that will lead to an unconditional offer and commencement of study. 

Closing date 17th September 2019

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Wolverhampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: See advert for details
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd September 2019
Closes: 17th September 2019
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