Adult Social Care in England

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How to apply

In order to be considered for the studentship, applicants should apply via the University of Kent’s online application system by Friday 27 November (23.59) and ensure that all documentation including references are submitted on time. As part of the application process applicants will be asked to submit a research proposal explaining the work to be undertaken during the studentship that is in line with the NIHR SSCR’s business plan and the research interests of PSSRU and Tizard Centre (maximum 2,500 words including references). The research proposal should explore potential plans for remote data collection during the coronavirus pandemic.


Informal enquiries regarding academic matters, studying at Kent or your potential research plans should be made to Dr Michelle McCarthy ( or Dr Karen Jones ( Enquiries regarding the application process should be made to 


Further Information

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) provides world-class research and innovative degree programmes in social science. The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) and the Tizard Centre are two major research centres, making up a substantial part of the School. The two units are founding members of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.


PSSRU is one of the leading social care research groups in the UK and internationally. The Unit was established at the University of Kent in 1974 and carries out policy and practice social care research with a national and international remit. PSSRU’s research encompasses all aspects of the delivery of social care and produces the annual volumes of Unit Costs of Health and Social Care, which are widely used by policymakers, providers and the research community. Further information about PSSRU is available at


The Tizard Centre is the leading UK academic group working in intellectual disabilities and/or autism and community care, whose research, teaching and consultancy impacts on the quality of services and the quality of life of people with disabilities internationally. Members of the Centre are selected both for their academic record and for their practical experience in services. The Centre is known for its international programme of research and consultancy, and provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Further information about the Tizard Centre is available at


The NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research to develop the evidence base to inform and improve adult social care practice in England through research. NIHR SSCR is funding seven PhD studentships based at each of its Core Member sites through a Capacity Development Fund. These studentships will be based at LSE, King’s College London and the Universities of Kent, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and York, and are supported by the NIHR Academy. Further information about the NIHR SSCR is available at