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Blake Stevenson Innovation Internship (dementia research)

Stipend: £3,752 total for 3 months (3 month funding extension for ESRC students), plus expenses
Deadline for expressions of interest: 25 October 2019
About the host

Launched in 1992, Blake Stevenson is proud to celebrate over 25 years of working with organisations to improve the lives of people and communities. A core team of seven consultants is led by Directors, Jennifer Lambert and Onyema Ibe and between them, our team has many years’ expertise in supporting organisations and communities, and each consultant brings valuable insights from experience of working within the sectors we support.

We have a comprehensive understanding of the public and third sector context in Scotland. Our overall aim is to support our clients and those they work with to achieve their goals. We are motivated by helping things improve, be this better service delivery or better policies.

We have built a reputation on quality and all our staff are committed to the highest professional standards. Associates with specialist areas of expertise work alongside the core staff, providing added value to our research, insight and analysis.

About the project

Dates: Flexible, earliest start would be January 2020
Location: Edinburgh

We have undertaken several evaluations and pieces of research that explore how people affected by dementia are cared for and supported and the project would further develop an aspect of one of the areas that we have or are currently working on.

Our current projects look at:

  • physical and sensory adaptations that support a person to stay in their own homes for longer (funded by Life Changes Trust)
  • the barriers faced by people form ethnic minority communities to accessing support (funded by Life Changes Trust)
  • the impact of placing post diagnostic support within the primary care (funded by the Scottish Government).

We would be interested in exploring specific elements of these jobs in more detail or making links to other related aspects of care and support.

We want to flexible about the project and work in partnership with the researcher to identify and refine the focus of the work.

Benefits to the researcher
  • Build confidence and experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research outside of academia
  • Understand the lived experience of people affected by dementia
  • Partnership working with policy makers and practitioners in the public and third sector involved in delivering dementia practice and policy
  • Opportunities to experience the world of work in a SME.
  • Current PhD students must be in their second year or above and registered at a SGSSS member institution. ESRC and non-ESRC funded students can apply;
  • Recently completed PhD students should be within 12 months of graduation;
  • Students on a Tier 4 Visa may apply for this funding provided appropriate arrangements are made with the host to accommodate a 20 hour working week restriction, and your HEI and supervisory team support this;
UK Industrial Strategy alignment

The project aligns with one of the grand challenges within the strategy – the Ageing Society.

Expression of interest

Please submit your expression of interest and a recent CV by Friday 25 October

Contact with any questions.

Further information
  • For full time placements, interns suspend their PhD studies for the duration; 
  • ESRC-funded students continue to receive their stipend as normal and will have their funded period extended in line with the internship length (normally three months); 
  • Non-ESRC-funded students will be paid a monthly stipend at current UKRI rates; 
  • Where necessary, students can also apply for support for eligible travel and accommodation costs to be incurred during the internship up to a maximum limit of £2,400 per student. 
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