Impact of physical impairments on psychological wellbeing and interventions to improve quality of life of older peoples living in retirement village


An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the College of Health, Science and Society, UWE Bristol., UWE Bristol.  The studentship will be funded by UWE Bristol and ExtraCare Charitable Trust, UK. 

Ref 2324-JAN-HSS02

The expected start date of this studentship is 01 January 2024.

The closing date for applications is 01 September 2023


Studentship details

Applications are invited from ambitious, self-motivated and enthusiastic candidates, with a background in a health-related discipline to work on a fully funded PhD studentship.

Funding and stipend are provided by UWE Bristol and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, UK. The aim of this PhD is to investigate the impact of physical issues/impairments on the psychological wellbeing of older people living in residential/retirement homes in Bristol and determine what interventions could support their participation in physical activity and exercise.

The results of the proposed PhD research will inform the future development of interventions and opportunities for older residents at the ExtraCare Charitable trust for improving their physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

The programme of research will provide the successful candidate with an excellent opportunity to develop a wide range of research skills and experiences in preparation for a post-doctoral research journey.

The PhD researcher will be based at the Glenside /Frenchay campuses, UWE Bristol within the Centre for Health and Clinical Research and will regularly visit  the ExtraCare Trust.  The researcher will be expected to directly engage with relevant healthcare professionals, care home residents, and stakeholders. 

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Dr Praveen Kumar at


The studentship is available from 01 January 2024 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £18,622 (2023/24) per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home). 


Applicants must have minimum of 2:1 with a background in a health-related disciplines (e.g., physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sport rehabilitators etc.) and ideally will have a Masters.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2324-JAN-HSS02

Supporting documentation: You will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form.

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 01 September 2023.

Further Information

It is expected that interviews will take place on weeks commencing 18 September 2023 If you have not heard from us by 8th September 2023, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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