The University of Derby, College of Health & Social Care Research Centre is seeking a Post-graduate Research Assistant (PGRA) in the Arts & Health. The studentship is a temporary full-time position with a salary of £14, 057. The topic is Art for Health in Older Age. Deadline for applications Wednesday 13 April 2016.

The College of Health & Social Care Research Centre is a new development as part of the University of Derby’s research expansion and commitment. You will be working with Professor Susan Hogan, to undertake a full-time PhD entitled “A Review of Research Evidence – Art for Health in Older Age” via our ‘Traditional Route’. You will also offer a limited amount of research assistant-ship to Professor Hogan and may be given the opportunity to contribute occasional teaching to relevant programmes.

This study links to a Consortium development with The University of Nottingham and includes partnerships with The Royal College of Music, Fudan University, Harvard University and community partners. It also links to the International Health Humanities Network which provides a global platform for innovative humanities scholars, medical, health and social care.

Principal accountabilities / responsibilities

  • To undertake research and scholarly activity associated with their PhD programme and develop a publication record.
  • To engage in the intellectual life of the College, participating in relevant research clusters, seminars and so forth. In particular, this studentship would engage with the Arts Health & Social Gerontology research cluster
  • To act as an RA to Professor Susan Hogan in the Research Centre for bid development associated with the arts and health.
  • On a voluntary basis, may be given opportunity to contribute occasional contracted teaching to relevant programmes.
  • To observe and implement University policies and procedures.

The Research Project
The appointee will work closely with Professor Susan Hogan, who is a leading expert on the arts in health in the UK. The research is to conduct a systematic review of research evidence for the use of drawing and painting for health in a British context and to produce a research summary and analysis of the material with recommendations for further research. This will include looking at relevant data bases, books and ‘grey’ literature to produce an overview of activity in this area. A detailed critical analysis of research evidence will be undertaken. The work will delineate between art therapy, participatory arts and other forms of arts in health activity, to produce a nuanced overview.

Informal enquiries may be sent to:
Further information about applying can be found here.
Complete applications should be emailed to

Closing date: Wednesday 13 April
Interview date: Wednesday 4 May

If you have not heard from us by the interview date, please assume that, on this occasion, your application has not been shortlisted.

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