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PenCLAHRC has a number of PhD studentships linked to project and priority areas. As well as the scientific quality of the proposal and strength of the supervisory team, these projects were selected on the basis of the following  additional criteria:

  • Congruence with PenCLAHRC aims
  • Link to existing PenCLAHRC projects or themes
  • Likelihood of health impact

This is an important area of capacity development to ensure that a pipeline of trained research staff is maintained in the longer term. PenCLAHRC staff are also active as supervisors for other projects across our two University partners.

PhD projects in second round of PenCLAHRC (2014 - 2018)

There are 11 PhD studentships funded in the second round of PenCLAHRC, with at least two studentships in each of our research themes. An additional four studentships are funded as part of our NIHR Research Capacity in Dementia Care Pilot Programme (RCDCP), which are fellowships for nurses and allied health professionals.

Further information on all of these studentships is provided below:

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Student: Rebecca Hardwick
Supervisor: Professor Ken Stein
Start/Finish: Sep 2014 - Aug 2017
Project: Research use and knowledge mobilisation in third sector organisations involved in health care provision
Student: Hannah Flynn
Supervisor: Professor Bridie Kent
Start/Finish: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Project: NICE Disinvestment
Theme: Diagnostics and Stratified Medicine
Student: Harriet Hunt
Supervisor: Professor Chris Hyde
Start/Finish: Sep 2014 - Aug 2017
Project: Optimizing cognitive assessment in primary care to support a more effective route to dementia diagnosis
Student: Chun Lap Pang
Supervisor: Dr Carl Roobottom
Start/Finish: Apr 2015 - Feb 2018
Project: Using new low dose CT cardiac imaging techniques to help define pre-operative risk of silent MI in surgery
Theme: Person Centred Care
Student: Agnes Weyinmi-Demeyin
Supervisor: Professor Nicky Britten
Start/Finish: August 2015
Project: N of 1 trials and the individualization of drug treatments
Student: Dan Marshall
Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Pinkney
Start/Finish: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Project: A prospective mixed method study of person-centred care in a community weight management programme
Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Student: Linda Solbrig
Supervisor: Professor Jackie Andrade
Start/Finish: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Project: Functional Imagery training as a personalized e-health intervention for weight loss
Student: Ross Watkins
Supervisor: Dr Mark Tarrant
Start/Finish: Apr 2015 - Dec 2017
Project: Mealtime interventions and the health, quality of life and well-being of older people in residential care
Student: Viktorija Kesaite
Supervisor: Professor Colin Green
Start/Finish: 2016/2019
Project: An economic perspective on childhood obesity: exploring the causes and consequences of childhood obesity
Theme: Mental Health and Dementia
Student: Amy Backhouse
Supervisor: Professor Chris Dickens
Start/Finish: Dec 2014 - Nov 2017
Project: Living well with dementia: a PhD programme to develop a complex intervention that integrates healthcare for people with dementia
Student: Sonam Zamir
Supervisor: Professor Ray Jones
Start/Finish: Apr 2015 - Dec 2017
Project: Exploring the use of video calls to help prevent loneliness and reduce the risk or impact of dementia


NIHR Research Capacity in Dementia Care Programme (RCDCP) PhD fellowships (for nurses and allied health professionals)

Students were recruited to these fellowships in early 2015:

Student: Lisa Burrows
Supervisor: Professor Bridie Kent
Project: More than tea and cake: A realist evaluation of memory cafes in Cornwall
Student: Louise Mole
Supervisor: Mary Hickson
Project: The nutritional care of people living with dementia at home
Student: Chloe Wood
Supervisor: Dr Jo Thompson Coon
Project: Developing a nursing intervention, using the concept of Amalgamation of Marginal Gains, to improve fundamental nursing care for people living with dementia
Student: Abi Hall
Supervisor: Dr Vicki Goodwin
Project: Physiotherapy for people with dementia


PhD projects from PenCLAHRC pilot phase (2008 - 2013)


Student: Alexandros Georgiadis
Project: Offenders with Common Mental Health Problems: a multi-dimensional and multi-perspective study
Student: Claire Parker
Project: Supporting KIds, avoiding Problems (SKIP)
Student: Katie Reeves
Project: Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA)
Student: Lucy Perry
Project: Timely Identification of Dementia in Social Networks (TIDeS)
Student: Dr Ilianna Lourida
Project: Lifestyle factors, metabolic dysfunction and dementia
Student: Dr Krystal Warmoth
Project: Understanding frailty and facilitating positive life-stage transition
Student: Dr Kath Maguire
Project: Public and Patient Involvement in Theory and in Practice
Student: Dr Jessica Bollen
Project: Developing a Stroke Rehabilitation Exercise Adherence Measure: StREAM
Student: Megan MacMillan
Project: Promoting Positive Peer Attitudes Towards Childhood Disability
Student: Dr Bogdan Grigore
Project: An Evaluation of Methods of Eliciting Expert Opinion in Health Technology Assessment

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