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Understanding and addressing the uptake of Rehabilitative, Assistive and Restorative Technologies by underserved communities

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

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

Application deadline: 27 May 2024

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2024

For further details contact Louise Moody


In the UK, 1 in 6 people rely on rehabilitation, assistive or restorative tech-nology to help them live independently. Technologies that are co-designed with people living with a long-term condition, and those supporting their care, can have a greater impact on independence, confidence and wellbeing.

Project details

This project seeks to explore and understand variability in the acceptance and adoption of rehabilitation, assistive and restorative technologies. The research will explore individual barriers to the use of such technologies, and identify patient groups in which technology is particularly under-utilised. Working with representative participant groups and stakeholders, the research will go on to co-create an action plan and technology design requirements to improve uptake and acceptance of technologies in under-served communities.

The project is co-funded by the NIHR Devices for Dignity HRC who specialise in the development of innovative health technologies for people with long-term conditions and have a key national role in developing technologies.


This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.


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 academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Additional specifications

Knowledge and experience in qualitative research methodologies, co-design and user research would be beneficial.

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Louise Moody 

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

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