AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Revisiting spinal cord injury rehabilitation through applications of contemporary design approaches





Glasgow School of Art


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

Revisiting spinal cord injury rehabilitation through applications of contemporary design approaches



The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is offering an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD bursary for full time study in collaboration with the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit (QENSIU) at the Glasgow Southern General Hospital. The study is provisionally entitled ‘Revisiting spinal cord injury rehabilitation through applications of contemporary design approaches’. We are inviting applications from candidates from a broad range of relevant fields, not only from Design, but also from the Allied Healthcare Professions and Social Sciences. (NB only Home and EU applicants are eligible for this studentship).


PhD bursaries are for three years. All studentships have full tuition remittance and a maintenance allowance. Applicants must have a strong academic background, with a degree in a relevant area at 2:1 or higher and normally have a Master’s degree qualification.


GSA has a distinctive specialist research culture which is widely recognised internationally. The generation of new knowledge and understanding through creative practice, scholarship and criticism in Fine Art, Design, Architecture and related fields is central to the concept of research. Our researchers include artists, designers, architects, historians and critics of world standing. Current research addresses contemporary questions of the creative industries, technology and digital media, environmental change, future cities, connected communities, and care for the future. The School of Design has a history of engagement in design research in health and wellbeing. The newly formed Institute of Design Innovation is a core partner of the recently announced Digital Health Institute (Scotland), an SFC-funded Innovation Centre. Current supervisors and projects can be seen online: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/research/supervisors-plus-students/

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QENSIU is responsible for both the acute and lifelong care of patients with spinal cord injury from throughout Scotland. The Unit admits 150 new patients annually and provides follow up for 4500 patients in QENSIU and at outreach clinics all around Scotland. QENSIU works closely with several universities, e.g. the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, in The Scottish Centre for Innovation in Spinal Cord Injury (SCISCI). This unique research centre is situated within the Unit, ensuring close links between patients, clinicians and academic staff. Further details can be seen online: http://www.scisci.ac.uk/


The successful candidate will be expected to work in residence both at the GSA and QENSIU.


The application form and guidelines can be downloaded from the Apply button below.


NB 1: With reference to note 7 on the Application Form, a portfolio is not a requirement, although a statement of intent will be required. In lieu, candidates should provide an example of their writing ability through an extract from a previously written essay or dissertation of up to 3,000 words including an appropriate bibliography.


NB 2: Because of the specialist nature of this study, a programme of research has been conceived between GSA and QENSIU. Prior to completing the Proposal Form, potential applicants should download and read the supplementary information related to this particular studentship. 


Applicants should submit three copies of all the material to: Barrie Leith, Student Records, The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ


Deadline for receipt of applications is 23rd July 2013. Interviews will take place on 20th August. Candidates should be available to register and commence study in September 2013.

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Questions should initially be addressed to: Phyllis Mullan, Graduate School Administrator, 6 Rose Street, 3rd floor, Glasgow, G3 6RB, [email protected]









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