Occupation and Technology for Older people in Supported Housing

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship to study in the School of Health Professions, commencing 1 October 2021.


To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Health Studies, then clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship and name the project at the top of your personal statement.

Online application

Before applying, please ensure you have read the Doctoral College’s general information on applying for a research degree.

For more information on the admissions process please contact doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk.

Director of Studies: Dr Tanja Križaj, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Second supervisor: Dr Alison Warren, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship to study in a pre-determined area in the School of Health Professions, commencing 1 October 2021.

Project description 

This research seeks to gain a better understanding of older people’s everyday lives in supported housing, including the role and potential value of technology in their engagement in everyday meaningful occupations.

Project focus:

  • review existing evidence on the topic
  • explore everyday life and technology from the perspective of residents and staff
  • pilot an occupation-focused, technology-driven intervention, to promote health and wellbeing of older people in supported housing.

Collaborative links have been made with an organisation that provides supported housing services and there is interest in supporting this research.


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification. Experience of working with older people and an interest in technology is desirable. 

The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate). The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover international fees will have to cover the difference between the ome and the international tuition fee rates (approximately £12,697 per annum). 

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Tanja Križaj.

Applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below. 

General information about applying for a research degree at the University of Plymouth and to apply for this position please visit our postgraduate research degrees page.

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

In order to apply, you need to provide the following:
  • a completed application form
  • CV with two references (one should be an academic reference)
  • a covering letter detailing your suitability for the studentship explaining how your prior experience and qualifications relates to the area of inquiry (800 word limit)
  • an outline of the methods and timeline needed to complete the project described (400 word limit)
  • candidates who do not have English as a first language are required to provide an IELTS test report that must be dated within two years of the start of the programme. Overall IELTS score of 7.0 required, with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components.
Please email the Doctoral College and state that you are applying for a PhD Studentship within the School of Health Professions. For more information email doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk

The closing date for applications: 12 noon on 7 May 2021.

Interviews will be held on the 27 May. Applicants who have not received an offer by 21 May should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.