3 PhD Studentships, ‘The Arts and Dementia’, Worcester and Nottingham

Applications are invited for three PhD Studentships (two based at the University of Worcester and one at the University of Nottingham).

The Alzheimer’s Society has funded 8 Doctoral Training Centres in various aspects of dementia to help to increase research knowledge and capacity in this vital area. TAnDem is the name of the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) that has been funded to focus on studying The Arts and Dementia. It is a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia at the University of Nottingham.

Without greater knowledge and evidence about the arts and dementia, people living with dementia and their families cannot make informed choices. It is difficult for service providers and artists to help people with dementia and their carers to live well with dementia, as commissioners cannot justify expenditure on arts-as-interventions.  The TAnDem PhD studentships are designed to remedy this gap in scientific knowledge and understanding. All of the proposed studentships will have a common focus on advancing knowledge about the impact of engagement with creative activities on people with all stages of dementia and on their family and professional carers. See the further information sheet for details of topics and supervisors.

One unique aspect of TAnDem is that it offers the complementary resources of two universities to all the PhD candidates.

TAnDem links two specialist centres for dementia research and service development in the Midlands, both of which have a wealth of current, relevant research under way and growing reputations for excellence. For further details click here.


For an informal discussion about the studentship please feel free to contact either to Professor Dawn Brooker (d.brooker@worc.ac.uk) or Professor Tom Dening  (tom.dening@nottingham.ac.uk).

For questions regarding the application process contact Mrs Kirsten Nayler, (Tel: 01905 54 2182; email: research@worc.ac.uk).

Closing date for applications is 11th May 2015.  Candidates will be invited for interview on 10th or 11th June at the University of Worcester.


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