Article 12.04.2021

PhD studentship -The experiences of patients with palliative care needs

PhD studentship: The experiences of patients with palliative care needs and their carers for those who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

PhD studentship funded by the University of Hertfordshire (UoH) and the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England.

Location:                     University of Hertfordshire / St Christopher’s Hospice (Sydenham)

Funding amount:         £15,609 p.a. plus tuition fees

                     Applicants must be UK nationals or have permanent UK residence status

Hours:                         Full Time

Applications are invited for a fully-funded full-time PhD studentship in the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire on the topic of the experiences of patients with palliative care needs and their carers who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). This addresses a significant gap in existing research and an urgent need to research service access and delivery and the experiences of patients with palliative care needs and their carers for those who have No Recourse to public funds (NRPF). NRPF is a condition imposed on someone due to their immigration status and applies to people who are subject to immigration control.

The successful student will be supervised by Professor Kathryn Almack (University of Hertfordshire) and Professor Stephen Barclay (University of Cambridge). The student will also have access to expert support from an advisory group and the possibility of an additional base in the CARE Centre at St Christopher’s Hospice (which provide a base for research and education among practitioners).

The studentship is offered on a full-time basis for three years (subject to satisfactory progress) and provide a bursary (currently £15,609 per annum for the academic year 2021-22), including a full tuition fee waiver for three years.

The University of Hertfordshire has a stimulating and vibrant research community which will fully support you as you pursue your path towards academic excellence. We offer a wide variety of research degrees to suit your personal and professional interests and goals. Students benefit from a range of events, bringing together junior and senior researchers promoting interdisciplinary collaboration.

The studentship will link to the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England, in particular the research themes Palliative and End of Life Care (led by Stephen Barclay) and Prevention and Early Detection in Health and Social Care.

It offers an exciting career opportunity for an ambitious researcher who is keen to develop as a future leader in applied research.

  • Applicants should have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline and a good knowledge of and/or able to demonstrate an interest in the topic area.
  • A relevant Master’s degree and research experience will be an advantage

Further Particulars

This studentship will be of interest to students with a background in sociology, social and political policy, social work and related social sciences, psychology and/or health and social care professionals with a Masters.

Our vision at the University of Hertfordshire is to transform lives and UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. Currently 36% of PGRs in HSK identify with a minority ethnic heritage and 80% identify as female. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics.

Further details can be found here and see

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • A 2 page CV
  • A personal statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining your interest and any relevant experience relating to the topic area (set out in the outline proposal)
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • A copy of passport photo page

Please send completed applications to the Doctoral College at putting HSK NRPF Doctoral Studentship in the subject line.

For enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire, please email who can also answer general queries on the application process.

For informal enquiries concerning this studentship, please email Professor Kathryn Almack at

Key dates

The closing date for applications is Weds April 28, 2021, 5pm. Applications received after this time or incomplete applications will not be considered. It is anticipated that interviews will take place (via online video) the morning of Friday May 7, 2021.

The studentship will commence in October 2021.