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Extending Application of a New ‘Research Inspired Online/Offline Teaching (RIOT) framework to Explore the Impact and Sustainability of the Bridging the Teaching-Research Nexus in Midwifery and Nursing Education

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/International (including EU at international rates from Sept 21)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2022

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2022

For further details contact: Dr Sally Pezaro


Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship.

As part of Coventry University’s commitment to Research Enriched Learning (REL), we are excited to invite candidates to be a part of significant changes in how teaching and learning is delivered. REL seeks to transform the potential of students at all levels, across all forms of diversity, to become leaders in their chosen fields. Indeed, Coventry’s REL strategy aims to exploit world class research for the benefit of all students, inspiring a passion to learn to critically engage with ways of understanding real world and emerging global challenges through further study or employment.

Globally, there is a need to ensure that future midwives and nurses are leading in research and evidence-based practice. The World Health Organization has set its fourth priority area as promoting evidence-based practice and innovation, where evidence-based practice is every nurse's and midwife's concern and should be enabled by means of education, research, leadership, and access to evidence sources. As there are presently considerable evidence to practice gaps in the delivery of increasingly complex care and a need to enhance the effective application of research into curricula, this PhD also offers the opportunity for significant impact in the fields of midwifery and nursing.

Overall, this exciting opportunity offers the chance to be part of real change, not only informing local practice, policy, and procedure, but also has scope to inform REL on an international level.

Project Details

Radical bridging of the teaching-research nexus in midwifery and nursing education is required to secure returns for societies and economies in terms of improved health outcomes for hundreds of millions of people. Yet a lack of knowledge and awareness of bridging strategies in this context proves inhibitive to this.

Using the newly co-created guiding RIOT framework, this project will explore the impact of active learning strategies in bridging the teaching-research nexus in midwifery and nursing education and facilitate plans to sustain this bridging more widely following a review and comparison of existing practices.

Following a review, this research will combine qualitative and quantitative approaches, with impact evaluation, co-creation and appreciative inquiry used to identify and promote large scale change.

Along with the publication of new knowledge and comparison of existing practices, outcomes include strategic plans, recommendations and culture shifts to sustain the bridging of the teaching-research nexus more widely.

This project is timely and will capture evidence from the perspective of both academic staff and students. It will also identify what is already successful across the sector and form recommendations for future research and interventions to support lasting change in the sector.


Tuition Fees x
Stipend/Bursary x
Additional Allowances Financial Support from CHR for conference fees


Training and Development The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
Additional Requirements
  • Successful completion of Masters programme in a related field would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrating relevant experience in the field of Nursing and/or Midwifery education and research is an advantage. This opportunity is particularly suited to those who are familiar with practice and education in this area.

How to Apply

To find out more about the project please contact:

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus an up-to 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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