PhD Studentship in Psychology

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Full Time Studentship
Job Description

The University of Gloucestershire has the opportunity to provide a full time studentship for a PhD in Psychology to support work in the area of the CV19 Heroes project, to be supervised by Dr Rachel Sumner and Dr Elaine Kinsella (University of Limerick). Areas covered include the development and testing of a novel form of understanding burnout in frontline workers. The studentship comes with a bursary of £500 per month for the duration of the PhD.

The CV19Heroes project, a collaborative project between UoG and the University of Limerick in Ireland, was established in March 2020 to track the wellbeing of frontline workers from all sectors during the pandemic. Findings from the CV19 Heroes project have shown (perhaps not unexpectedly) that our frontline workers have been experiencing incredibly demanding scenarios in recent months. However, what is particularly novel and interesting about these findings, is that some of the struggles they have experienced have been driven, in part, by the broader social and contextual elements of working during the pandemic. The proposed work will develop this area of investigation further, allowing the opportunity to draw together literature in the field to develop a model for frontline working stress and then test it empirically. It is hoped that the development of a frontline work stress model will provide a significant foundation for future work into understanding how best to support the phenomenal efforts of those on the frontline during public health crises to come.

Applicants must have a undergraduate degree in Psychology, Public Health, or related discipline of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent, and an MSc in Psychology (or related discipline) of at least Merit standard. The project will employ mixed methods, and so familiarity with SPSS and with qualitative methodologies is essential.

How to apply

Please send a brief CV and covering letter outlining your suitability to:

Please quote “O161 Studentship – ‘Your name'” in the subject of your email

Selection process

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview by video conference.

Academic Contact: For informal enquiries and further information, please contact Dr Rachel Sumner (