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PhD Studentship: Dementia and Sports reminiscence, memory and nostalgia: Engaging with the cultural dimensions of sport as a means of improving community engagement for people living with dementia.

The University of Worcester is seeking to grow its interdisciplinary research capacity in Dementia Studies and the socio-cultural aspects of sport, exercise, and the body.

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In particular, the University wishes to strengthen its research on the varied roles that the cultural dimensions of sport (in particular, sporting reminiscence, memory and nostalgia) may have in the (re)construction of identities, communities and experiences of individuals with dementia. To this end, the University of Worcester is offering a full time 3-year fully funded PhD studentship in the following area: Dementia and Sports reminiscence, memory and nostalgia: Engaging with the cultural dimensions of sport as a means of improving community engagement for people living with dementia.

Closing date: Wednesday 07 Jun 2017

Reference number: N/A

Job details

Job details

37 hours per week
2nd October 2017
3 years
Responsible to
Dr Simon Evans
Responsible for
Interview date
27th June 2017



The Institute of Sport & Exercise Science aspires to develop a national and international reputation for research in related disciplines and areas, embracing all forms of research with a focus on applied research and knowledge transfer. Its Sport, Exercise and the Body Research Interest Groups is a novel collaborative research enterprise that critically explores social issues associated with Sport, Exercise and the Body; to support research that is interdisciplinary, theoretically sound and embedded in empirical evidence; and to increase the appreciation of high quality socio-cultural research.

Research School

The Research School is a focal point for all our research students. It provides:

day-to-day support for our students, both administrative and practical, through our dedicated team

a Research Student Study Space with both PCs and laptop docking station

a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme for students and their supervisors

a programme of student-led conferences and seminars

Details of the studentship

During the period of your studentship you will receive the following:

a tax free bursary of £13,863 for a period of 3 years

a fee-waiver for 4 years

a laptop

use of the Research Student Study Space in Research School

access to the Research Student Support Scheme to cover costs and expenses related to your research

Main duties

Main duties

Person specification

Person specification


Applicants should have or be able to evidence:

(or expect to receive) preferably a MA/MSc in the Sociology or Psycho-social aspects of Sport/Sport Studies/Physical Education fields or a closely related and relevant discipline OR Masters level study in psychology, sociology, dementia studies or a closely related and relevant discipline

A First or Upper Second (2.1) Honours Degree with a relevant social science background such as Psychology, Sociology, Sport Studies or Physical Education, or, a closely related and relevant discipline such as Public Health or Education

Proficiency in oral and written English;

Computer literacy;

Ability to take initiative on the project and organise and meet deadlines;;

Good interpersonal skills;

Ability to work independently and contribute to a team;

A high level of commitment and an enthusiastic approach to completing a higher research degree

Experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative research skills and methodologies within psycho-social/psychological/sociological /health domains


Masters Degree level experience of appropriate research methods and skills;

Ability to contribute to research study design;

Full UK Driving Licence

As part of its mission statement the University is committed to widening participation for its higher degrees. Although most candidates will have an undergraduate and/or a Masters degree, the University is happy to accept applications from candidates with relevant professional qualifications and work related experience

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