Director of Studies: Dr Simon Clarke
Other members of the proposed supervisory team: Erik Geelhoed; Tanya Krzywinska
Professional partner: DM Orthotics
    
Project details:
  
The Creative Connected Communities research centre at Falmouth University, Cornwall, invites applications for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to undertake research into the design and development of new inflatable clothing for the benefit of injury protection during a fall.
  
Falls are the number one precipitating factor for a person losing independence and going into, and remaining in, long term care. A first fall can set in motion a downward spiral of fear of falling, leading to decreased activity, loss of strength and a greater risk of further falls, with the frequency of falls increasing with age and frailty level. A third of people over 65, and half of people over 80, fall at least once a year, with falls the most common cause of death from injury in the over 65s. Falls cost the NHS over £2bn and over 4 million bed days a year, and represent half of all admissions for accidental injury, particularly hip fracture, with one in three people with a hip fracture dying within a year.
  
Based in the Fashion and Textiles Institute at Falmouth University, the successful applicant will work within a team of researchers working in the areas of technology-enabled care and smart design. We expect research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre, including taking part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017, and the successful candidate can expect to develop their own dissertation topic within the wider remit of the project.
  
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate at interview:
  
• imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
• an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
• clear motivation for undertaking PhD study in Falmouth in this subject area
• evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research
  
Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant area and relevant post-graduate degree or industry experience in a relevant area.
  
For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email michael.rofe@falmouth.ac.uk