Director of Studies: Dr Michael Scott
Other members of the proposed supervisory team: Erik Geelhoed; Dr David Prior
Professional partner: Cornwall Care
   
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 user interfaces for technologies used by care home residents.
 
Despite the vast arrays of technology available to care homes, from communication devices that enable contact with family, to wearable devices that monitor health and wellbeing, many care home residents are inexperienced in, or fearful of, using these technologies. This PhD will consider how, through user interface design, product design, and training, residents might become more comfortable with the use of technology.
 
Based in the Games Academy at Falmouth University, the successful applicant will work within a team of researchers working in the areas of technology-enabled care and user interface 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.scott@falmouth.ac.uk or michael.rofe@falmouth.ac.uk