Funding and Finance EPSRC / Philips CASE PhD Studentship Exploring the potential of technology to help people with dementia, particularly around physical activity

Reference Code: CL066

Closing Date: 28th June 2013


Name of the supervisors
Professor M Trenell, MoveLab, Institute of Cellular Medicine (ICM)

Dr K Brittain, Institute of Health and Society (IHS)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) CASE Studentship with Philips.

Duration of the award
Three year PhD.

Project description
The project will explore the potential for technology to support people with early stages of dementia, with a particular focus on physical activity. The CASE Studentship will involve working with the Newcastle University team, with specialist interests in physical activity and ageing, and Philips, a global innovator in technology. The training programme will require the student to spend time with both Newcastle University and Philips.

Value of the award and eligibility
Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,726 (2013/14). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Person specification
Candidates must have an upper-second-class Honours degree plus normally further research experience and/or a further qualification such as, for example, an MRes.

This prestigious studentship will suit someone with a background in technology, design, social science, dementia or physical activity. We will work with the student to optimise the training pathway around their key strengths and help the development of new areas of work. We would like the student to explore the potential of technology to help people with early stages of dementia so a wide range of skills, including good interpersonal skills, will be useful.

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How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form inserting the reference number CL066 and selecting ‘Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) – cellular medicine’ as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required) and a covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of your English language qualifications must be attached. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the reference number CL066 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Professor Mike Trenell, 4th Floor William Leech Building, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, NE2 4HH or by e-mail to

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