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PhD Studentship in Peer mentors and volunteers within specialist alcohol treatment services

Faculty of Professional & Social Sciences

Location:  Middlesex University
Date Posted:  Tuesday 10 October 2017
Closing Date:  Friday 10 November 2017
Reference:  PHD

Qualification Type:PhD

Funding for: UK/EU Students only 

Bursary amount: £15,533 per annum (inclusive of outer London weighting) + fees 

Mode of Study: Full Time

Application Deadline: 6pm Friday 10 November 2017 

Interviews: Wednesday 29 November 2017 

Studentship Start: January 2018


Middlesex University is seeking PhD applications for a studentship jointly funded with Alcohol Research UK entitled: Peer mentors and volunteers within specialist alcohol treatment services: role development, wellbeing and career progressionThis studentship presents an exciting opportunity to examine the role of peer mentors and volunteers within alcohol treatment services, in relation to issues of workforce wellbeing and development. Within current recovery-oriented models of treatment peer mentors and volunteers are regarded as an integral part of the ‘workforce’, however, there remains a large degree of speculation regarding their position in services, development needs and wellbeing. The research will use a mixed methods approach (qualitative and quantitative methods) and offer scope for the student to develop their own ideas about how to integrate the data sets. This is a study of London services and the student will need to be London based for the duration of the studentship. For further information about the research please follow this link http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/research/research-studentships

The student will be part of the Middlesex University Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) within the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine (School of Health and Education). 

Funding and Eligibility

As this is jointly funded project you will be expected:

  • To be normally resident in the UK and intending to work in the UK after completion of the doctorate.
  • To agree to the joint funder (ALRUK) receiving an annual report on your progress. Continuing payment of the bursary is dependent on satisfactory progress. 

The bursary is offered on a full-time basis to UK/EU students and covers an annual maintenance award (£15,533) paid in quarterly instalments and fee payments (at the UK/EU rate, currently £4,076). Funds (up to £300 per year) are available to support attendance at relevant conferences and courses. The studentship bursary is free of both tax and national insurance contributions. The Studentship is for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

About Middlesex University

The Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) is a multi-disciplinary Centre which brings together staff working on different aspects of alcohol and drug use/problem use/addiction. DARC builds upon a long tradition of cutting edge research and promotes the ‘golden circle’ of linked research, teaching and knowledge transfer. Staff are involved in a wide range of European, national and local research funded mainly by EU, government departments, research councils and charities. Please visit the website to find out more http://drugandalcoholresearchcentre.org/ 

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants must have a first or an upper second class honours degree or equivalent, and a Masters degree, in a relevant discipline. Research experience or understanding and knowledge of research methods would be desirable.

If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

To apply please create an Applicant Portal account in order to use the online application system. Please note the following guidance:


  • When logged into the online application system please select an application for the MPhil/PhD within the discipline of Social Work; London; January 2018; Full time.


  • When making your application, you will progress through 12 sections. In the 4th section ‘Residency’ and when answering the question, ‘Who will pay your fees?’ please select ‘Other,’ then insert the following in the text box below, ‘Alcohol Research UK and Middlesex University Studentship.’


  • Please note that instead of a 'Research Proposal' we request a 'Personal Statement. In your personal statement please describe experience and preparedness to undertake the research topic specified above (max 2000 words).


To upload your Personal Statement, with in the ‘Documents & Portfolio Upload’ section, under the ‘Upload Documents’ subheading, please select document type ‘Personal Statement’ from the drop-down menu and upload your Personal Statement. 


For further details contact

Dr. Rachel Herring r.herring@mdx.ac.uk or telephone 020 8411 5281

Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, School of Health and Education, Middlesex University, The Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT.

General enquiries: 0208 411 3422 or studentship.research@mdx.ac.uk 

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