Research Opportunities

The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) is based at our City South Campus. The Faculty has a strong focus on the training of health and education professionals with a rapidly growing life sciences portfolio.

Health sciences research opportunities

The Faculty is making major investments in growing the quality and volume of research across its three constituent Schools (The Schools of Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and Nursing and Midwifery) through investments in academic staff and researchers, doctoral students and new labs and equipment.

This work is led by three centres of research excellence: the Centre for Studies in Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE); the Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (CSCHaRR); and the Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (CLaSS). We are pleased to invite applications for three funded PhD opportunities to support this work.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We particularly welcome applicants from groups currently under-represented in our research community including LGBT+ applicants, applicants from Black Asian and minority ethnic communities and disabled applicants.

Birmingham City University is Stonewall Diversity Champion and holds an Athena Swan Bronze award. The School of Nursing and Midwifery has recently been awarded a department level Athena Swan Bronze award.

At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do. This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy.

The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve.

We do not discriminate against applicants and actively encourage unique contributions and difference in respect of age, ability, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

Please refer to the details below for further information regarding each available research project and studentship.

Graduate Research Teaching Assistant (GRTA) Doctoral Training Grant Funding Information

GRTA opportunities at Birmingham City University provide you with an opportunity to study for a PhD whilst gaining experience as an Assistant Lecturer on a funded, 48 month (4 year) programme. The GRTA payments consist of two elements:

  1. 0.75 GRTA DTG - tax-free stipend paid monthly and has a current (2022-23) value of £12,047 per annum (paid monthly). The bursary is renewable annually for up to 48 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.
  2. 0.25 fixed term contract of employment (Assistant Lecturer) - renewable for up to 48 months in total, subject to satisfactory performance and progression within your PhD research. Please note that the pro rata salary for 2022-23 will be £7,940.50 (and this may be subject to some taxation).

This funding model also includes a FT Home fees studentship (£4,596 for 2022-23) for up to 4 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

GRTA opportunities are open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants. All applicants will receive the same stipend irrespective of fee status, however international fee status applicants will be required to meet the difference in fee costs from their own funds. The expected mode of study is full-time.

If you are interested in a career in academia, working as a GRTA enables you to develop a range of transferable skills while building up vital work experience in your field.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application form via following the link attached to each individual project.

In place of a personal statement applicants are required to upload a research proposal explaining their ideas about the selected project topic and how it might be studied. Please ensure you state the relevant project reference on your proposal form.

All applicants are required to upload evidence of their qualifications in the relevant section of the application form and provide details of two referees, at least one being an academic reference as part of the application form. Any additional application requirements will be stated in the information provided for each project.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk.

Deadline for Applications

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 30th September 2022 for a February 2023 start.

Health Sciences PhD Studentships

GRTA Studentship - Exploring career pathways and opportunities for engagement in research within one or more of the Allied Health Professions

Reference: GRTA-HS-CAREER-PATHWAYS-AHP. Apply here

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Kate Thomson (Kate.Thomson@bcu.ac.uk)

The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) make up the largest workforce in health care comprising of 14 different professions (NHS, 2019).

As part of the NHS long-term plan to improve patient care (NHS, 2019), research has been identified as a key feature in supporting the aim of delivering sustainable and impactful practice within health care.

Historically however, establishing a research culture has proven to be a challenge for AHPs as reported by recent survey research and systematic reviews that highlight barriers to AHPs engagement in research (Borkowski et al, 2016; Pager et al, 2012).

To support the development of a research culture that is accessible to all AHP and one that encourages engagement and implementation of research in clinical practice, Health Education England (2022) have launched an AHP research strategy.

The aim of this PhD is to therefore further explore existing research pathways and opportunities for progression in research including how these can be scaffolded within one or more AHP disciplines.

Borkowski D, McKinstry C, Cotchett M, Williams C, Haines T. Research culture in allied health: a systematic review. Australian J Primary Health. 2016;22(4):294–303.

Pager S, Holden L, Golenko X. Motivators, enablers, and barriers to building allied health research capacity. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2012;5:53.

Birmingham City University supports student education in a variety of Allied Health Professions, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This GRTA post offers an HCPC registered AHP a unique opportunity to both teach students in the university setting and to undertake a doctoral study.

Funding Information

This 48 month (4 year) full-time fully-funded GRTA Studentship comprises of two elements:

  1. 0.75 - tax-free stipend of £12,047 per annum (paid monthly). The bursary is renewable annually for up to 48 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

  2. 0.25 fixed term contract of employment (Assistant Lecturer) - renewable for up to 48 months in total, subject to satisfactory performance and progression within your PhD research. Please note that the pro rata salary for 2022-23 will be £7,940.50 (and this may be subject to some taxation).

This funding model also includes a FT Home fees studentship (£4,596 for 2022-23) for up to 4 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

This opportunity is open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants. International fee status applicants will be required to meet the difference in fee costs from their own funds

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application. In place of a personal statement applicants are required to upload a research proposal explaining their ideas about the selected project topic and how it might be studied. Please ensure you state the project reference GRTA-HS-CAREER-PATHWAYS-AHP on your proposal form.

Deadline for Applications

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 30th September 2022 for a February 2023 start.


GRTA Studentship - Placement learning in Professional Learning: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Allied Health Professions 

Reference: GRTA-HS-PLACEMENT-LEARNING-AHP. Apply here

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Kate Thomson (Kate.Thomson@bcu.ac.uk)

The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) make up the largest workforce in health care comprising of 14 different professions (NHS, 2019). As part of the NHS long-term plan to improve patient care (NHS, 2019), research has been identified as a key feature in supporting the aim of delivering sustainable and impactful practice within health care.

Historically however, establishing a research culture has proven to be a challenge for AHPs as reported by recent survey research and systematic reviews that highlight barriers to AHPs engagement in research (Borkowski et al, 2016; Pager et al, 2012).

To support the development of a research culture that is accessible to all AHP and one that encourages engagement and implementation of research in clinical practice, Health Education England (2022) have launched an AHP research strategy.

The aim of this PhD is to therefore further explore existing research pathways and opportunities for progression in research including how these can be scaffolded within one or more AHP disciplines.

Borkowski D, McKinstry C, Cotchett M, Williams C, Haines T. Research culture in allied health: a systematic review. Australian J Primary Health. 2016;22(4):294–303.

Pager S, Holden L, Golenko X. Motivators, enablers, and barriers to building allied health research capacity. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2012;5:53.

Birmingham City University supports student education in a variety of Allied Health Professions, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This GRTA post offers an HCPC registered AHP a unique opportunity to both teach students in the university setting and to undertake a doctoral study.

Funding Information

This 48 month (4 year) full-time fully-funded GRTA Studentship comprises of two elements:

  • 0.75 - tax-free stipend of £12,047 per annum (paid monthly). The bursary is renewable annually for up to 48 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

  • 0.25 fixed term contract of employment (Assistant Lecturer) - renewable for up to 48 months in total, subject to satisfactory performance and progression within your PhD research. Please note that the pro rata salary for 2022-23 will be £7,940.50 (and this may be subject to some taxation).

This funding model also includes a FT Home fees studentship (£4,596 for 2022-23) for up to 4 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

This opportunity is open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants. International fee status applicants will be required to meet the difference in fee costs from their own funds

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application. In place of a personal statement applicants are required to upload a research proposal explaining their ideas about the selected project topic and how it might be studied. Please ensure you state the project reference GRTA-HS-CAREER-PATHWAYS-AHP on your proposal form.

Deadline for Applications

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 30th September 2022 for a February 2023 start.


GRTA Studentship - Health and Education Inequalities in Practice Contexts – Allied Health Professions/Sport and Exercise Science/Life Sciences 

Reference: GRTA-HS-INEQUALITIES-AHP-SES-LS. Apply here

Contact for informal enquiries: 

The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences is committed to supporting research that makes a difference to the communities we serve.

As part of this commitment we are looking to recruit a new full-time Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant to work on research that helps us to better understand and respond to, through our practitioner education programmes, the health inequalities that persist in our local Birmingham context.

We invite research proposals from applicants with practitioner backgrounds who can combine making a contribution to the work of our teaching teams with practice based research enquiry that supports equality, diversity and inclusion within the professional fields of Allied Health Professions, Sport and Exercise Science or Life Sciences.

Funding Information

This 48 month (4 year) full-time fully-funded GRTA Studentship comprises of two elements:

  1. 0.75 - tax-free stipend of £12,047 per annum (paid monthly). The bursary is renewable annually for up to 48 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.
  2. 0.25 fixed term contract of employment (Assistant Lecturer) - renewable for up to 48 months in total, subject to satisfactory performance and progression within your PhD research. Please note that the pro rata salary for 2022-23 will be £7,940.50 (and this may be subject to some taxation).

This funding model also includes a FT Home fees studentship (£4,596 for 2022-23) for up to 4 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

This opportunity is open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants. International fee status applicants will be required to meet the difference in fee costs from their own funds

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application. In place of a personal statement applicants are required to upload a research proposal explaining their ideas about the selected project topic and how it might be studied.

Please ensure you state the project reference GRTA-HS-INEQUALITIES-AHP-SES-LS on your proposal form.

Deadline for Applications

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 30th September 2022 for a February 2023 start.


England Lacrosse sponsored Masters by Research in collaboration with the Department of Sport and Exercise, Birmingham City University

Project title

Injury Surveillance in English Elite and Recreational Lacrosse

Collaborative organisation

England Lacrosse

Funding

The Department of Sport and Exercise at Birmingham City University is inviting applications for an Masters by Research studentship, funded by England Lacrosse. This is a full-time 12-month studentship. Students may also apply for additional funding to support conference attendance and continual professional development opportunities.

Background

England Lacrosse oversee recreational and elite pathways within England. As participation rates continue to increase, there is a need to develop programmes of injury surveillance at multiple levels of the game, with the long-term aim of creating injury risk reduction strategies.

With a paucity of epidemiological data in the UK and globally, this is an exciting opportunity to lead on the first epidemiological study with Lacrosse in the UK. Specifically, the aim of the project is to examine the incidence, nature and burden of injuries sustained in recreational and elite lacrosse in England.

Project Summary

The successful candidate will be based at Birmingham City University but will be expected to work closely with England Lacrosse, in leading meetings to facilitate the national data collection. There is also an opportunity to support England Lacrosse at tournaments, providing sport science/sports therapy support (subject to discipline of candidate).

Whilst this is the start of a longitudinal project being conducted over many years, the successful candidate will be required to submit their Masters by Research thesis at the end of the 12months, and present and disseminate their findings to England Lacrosse.

This longitudinal project is being conducted in conjunction with Japan Lacrosse where injury epidemiological data will also be obtained. The information gathered from both investigations will be reported to World Lacrosse to help assist and enhance knowledge of injury occurrence and prevention.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in injury surveillance, and given the applied and academic nature, would particularly suit those wishing to pursue a career in sport or research.

The candidate should have a strong undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a sport-related or medical discipline, such as: Sport and Exercise Science; Sports Therapy; Physiotherapy. Furthermore, experience of conducting quantitative research and handling large datasets using relevant platforms (e.g., Microsoft Excel or online surveys) would also be advantageous.

Previous experience of working with athletes, coaches and other support staff within a professional sports and/or amateur setting is desirable. In addition, availability to work evenings and weekends is essential due to the demands of competitive events, training, and data collection.

Person specification

Essential 

  • An undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant topic area.
  • An interest in sports injury, epidemiology data and supporting elite and recreational athletes in competition and training.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends due to the demands of competitive events, training, and data collection requirements.

Desirable 

  • Previous experience working with athletes using physiological and/or rehabilitation support techniques.
  • Experience in conducting quantitative research via collection and handling of large datasets using relevant platforms would also be advantageous.
  • An interest in strength and conditioning.
Contact

The successful candidate’s research will be supervised by an interdisciplinary research team, consisting of Dr Adam Herbert and Dr Peter Thain. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Adam Herbert via adam.herbert@bcu.ac.uk.

Application procedure

Please apply using the normal procedure via this link - Masters by Research - MRes

In addition to the requirements to be provided within the above procedure, please provide a brief online of your initial thoughts on the area of research. This should be no more than 500 words and emailed to adam.herbert@bcu.ac.uk.

Application deadline

Monday 15th August 2022 at 17:00.

Potential interview date

Weeks commencing Monday 22nd or Tuesday 30th August 2022

Successful candidate start date

Monday 20th September 2022