Tuition fees and stipend at the standard Research Council rate (Home rate only: £4,596 (fees) and £17,668 (stipend) in 2022/23). The 2023/2024 rate is yet to be announced by the UK Research Councils.Deadline
Applications must be received by Sunday Friday 24 March 2023, 23:59 GMTCriteria
Open to home and international fee-paying students. Home fees only are provided, the shortfall in international fees would need to be self-funded.
Scholarships are available on a cotutelle (dual award) basis only.
Students have to spend at least 12 months at Kent and Lille.
Key attributes and skills for prospective applicants:
Kent-Lille Cotutelle: Advancing communicative interactions between children and medics: a cross-linguistic contribution to paediatric patient care
The project expands on a funded Lille-Ghent-Kent interdisciplinary collaboration (3(i) Cross-Border Collaboration Scheme) between paediatricians (Ghent) and linguists (Lille and Kent) examining the way in which communication between paediatricians and child patients can be developed.
Relevance: Recent research has identified the short- and long-term consequences of children’s experience of medical encounters. Procedures in which children remain anxious and frightened lead to them experiencing heightened pain, engaging less with procedures, and to poorer health outcomes. However, most advice given to medics on how to calm children is copied and pasted from that existing for adults – with no clinical evidence of its efficacy with children, who have different levels of linguistic and cognitive development. Further, the advice focuses primarily on vocabulary, ignoring other essential dimensions to communicative exchanges.
Aims: the project has two strands:
(a) analysis of recordings of medical encounters, looking at verbal and non- verbal exchanges, with the aim of documenting strategies being used, and linking these to procedural outcomes,
(b) collection of qualitative data from parents, nurses and doctors on their views of what works well with children, what could be developed and factors that would help them further incorporate child-centred communicative strategies into their practice
From strand (a), through critical engagement with theoretical and experimental literature on communication, the student will have developed a portfolio of fundamental aspects of successful communicative exchanges between children and medical caregivers (vocabulary, structure of verbal exchanges, ways of questioning, intonation, gesture, eye-gaze). This will produce the first clinically based evidence on child-centred encounters. Practically, the student will have honed fundamental research skills in the analysis of non/verbal exchanges and use of experimental tools that enable the creation and modification of audio and visual data.
From strand (b), the student will have collected, collated and analysed qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with medical personnel and patients’ families. Thus, this strand will have uncovered how practitioners and families view the quality of their communicative exchanges, what they would like to see change, and how best they could be supported to bring these changes into effect. The student will have developed excellent interviewing skills, knowledge of qualitative data handling, and will have learnt how to link the results from strand (a) to those in (b) to achieve practical outcomes.How to apply
To apply please go to https: // www. kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/12/linguistics (PhD in Linguistics).
You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references). Applications should state that you would like to be considered for this Kent- Lille studentship project and be submitted with a supporting statement from the Kent Lead Supervisor.