Advanced Care Research Centre


PhD studentships

The ACRC is offering intensive 48-month, structured thematic programmes of PhDs with Integrated Study in Advanced Care. We currently have thirteen studentships running per year.

Current PhD Studentships


The ACRC Academy will be based at the Biocubes, Little France.

There are currently no studentships to apply for. We will review this and update the website accordingly if the case changes.


Application forms are now available here: View Website 

It is essential to read the the How to Apply section of our website before you apply: View Website

Applications for the following year will open in autumn. Thank you for your interest.


The following projects are not currently available, but offer an illustration of the projects offered through the ACRC Academy.


Title Supervisor(s) Contact email
Frailty and its impact on older people's views about 'quality of life' and 'quantity of life'

Professor Gillian Mead;

Professor Heather Wilkinson
How can the ACRC and VOICE meaningfully involve people from diverse communities, and address inequalities?

Professor Heather Wilkinson; Professor Lynne Corner (Director of VOICE, Newcastle University).  Please contact Dr Sue Lewis.
Neighbourhood and health in later life: a mixed methods study Dr Sue Lewis; Dr Alan Marshall
Understanding care transitions in remote communities

Professor Linda McKie - Please contact Dr Sue Lewis
Identifying and resolving the ethical challenges of emergent new technologies (e.g. AI/robotics) for supporting elderly people in the community Professor Stephen Osborne
Allostatic load in later life: How does neighbourhood 'get under the skin'? Dr Alan Marshall
Improving prediction of ageing outcomes by inegrating social, environmental, and genetic information Dr Michelle Luciano
Socially Assistive Robot Support to aid recovery after critical illness Dr Susan Shenkin
What happens next? An exploration of trajectories and decision making after hospital discharge Dr Sarah Rhynas
Digital connections: Exploring the role of community-led digital connection in combatting isolation among rural elderly populations Dr Amy Chandler
Inclusive ‘Usual Care’ Pathways for BAME Older People: Co-producing a conceptualising framework Dr George Palattiyil
Automatic Affective Behaviour Monitoring through speech while preserving user’s privacy Dr Saturnino Luz
The right to decide? Supported decision-making in care transitions with older adults who lack capacity. Dr Pearse McCusker
Comprehending and changing perceptions of elderly care using AI and citizen science

Dr Stella Chan;

Dr Kobi Gal

Co-creating “Narratives of Usefulness”:  advancing self-care through empathy-oriented digital device interventions with an aging population Arno Verhoeven
Music and the ageing brain: can personalised music provision support communication skills and quality of life? Dr Tom Russ
Independence in the “Elder Experience” Dr Robin Williams
Implementation of a digital information resource for homeless people in Scotland Professor Stewart Mercer
A Sense of Frailty Professor Ian Underwood
Light bulb moments in the mind’s eye: take a closer look Professor Baljean Dhillon
What can data tell us about our frailty? Dr Sohan Seth
An investigation into socially acceptable long term anonymous video monitoring for assessment of behaviour changes in ageing adults Professor Robert Fisher
Causal data-driven insight and prediction in care

Professor Sotirios Tsaftaris,

Professor Ewen Harrison

Building explainable user models of older adults from data Dr Jacques Fleuriot
Portable urinary incontinence management device Dr Srinjoy Mitra
Visualising complex care pathways in later life Dr Benjamin Bach
Activity-Based Enhancement of Quality of Life at Work for Formal Carers Dr Nigel Goddard