|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||From £15,609 annual maintenance grant, plus payment of programme fees|
|Hours:||Full Time, Part Time|
|Placed On:||16th November 2021|
|Closes:||24th January 2022|
Cobots: Understanding the implementation of collaborative robots in health and social care.
Overview - This project is a fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2022/23 Academic Year.
A collaboration between the University of Southampton, Hampshire County Council and a robotics company, Cyberdyne. The project will see academics from occupational therapy, biomechanics and social sciences, working with care managers from Hampshire County Council. This will involve multidisciplinary working, and involve consultation with the public, care workers and the robotics developer.
School of Health Sciences
1) Dr James Gavin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2) Dr Martin Warner (email@example.com)
Application Deadline – 24th January 2022
Background - ‘Cobots’ are robotic exoskeletons that are worn around the lower back and actively support people in moving objects or supporting others. Care workers often undertake strenuous physical activity, like moving patients, and are at risk of musculoskeletal injury, preventing them from performing their duties. Cobots can help limit the injury risk by reducing the effort and forces required for moving and handling. The care workforce is regionally facing challenges, with rising demand (in greater care burden) and recruitment difficulties. Cobots are an assistive technology, which could help reduce the demands facing the care workforce.
Project Overview - Cobots have recently been adopted by Hampshire County Council’s care services, in partnership with Japanese robotics developer, Cyberdyne. Cobots were initially deployed in care settings, and then in community settings during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. Hampshire Council now aims to integrate Cobots into the wider programme of care, with large-scale deployment over the next few years. To support the Council’s aims, this PhD programme will help determine:
Funding – The ESRC South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15609 (2021/22 UKRI rate), plus payment of programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).
Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).
The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 24th January 2022. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: https://www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply-cobots/
For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Enquiries - Dr James Gavin (email@example.com)
Funding/Application Enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
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