BAME paramedic stood by an ambulance with open rear doors

The use of asset-based community development (ABCD) framework to support the engagement and empowerment of BAME paramedic students

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: MRes tuition fees (UK/EU)

Duration: Part-time – 24 months 

Application deadline: 22 July 2022

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2022

For further details contact: Dr Tracey Rehling or Dr Amannda Adegboye


Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully funded Masters by Research studentship.

Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic students are underrepresented in paramedic science courses. Also, Higher Education sector data (Advance HE, 2020) continues to record significant differences in the continuation rates of UK domiciled Black and minority ethnic undergraduate students compared with their white peers. The BAME degree awarding gap also remains evident, with a higher percentage of White students (81%) qualifying and being awarded a First/Upper-Second Class Honours degree compared with their BAME peers (68%). The importance of addressing these differentials in paramedic education and of developing an ethnically diverse paramedic workforce is reinforced by evidence suggesting that health inequalities may be reduced when healthcare is delivered by a workforce that is representative of the community it serves.

Project Details

This project will build grassroots conversations with students who fit this profile. These conversations will be informed by Yosso’s community cultural wealth framework, which draws from critical race theory and challenges the deficit-based notion of cultural capital.

This project aims to:

  • To explore how students experience aligns with the university's Business Intelligence data
  • To move away from a student deficit-based model to an asset-based community development framework to develop enhancement opportunities for students to focus on their existing strengths and motivation, develop a sense of agency, build a supportive learning community, and empower each other to achieve their potential.
  • Dissemination of shared learning and implications for implementation across the region.

This proposal is part of a wider project composed of three workstreams including three independent interventions covering the whole professional cycle from pre-qualification to post-qualification. The interventions will be delivered simultaneously. This proposal refers to workstreams 2. We will recruit three candidates to enrol in the MRes programmes. The candidate will be supported by the CU supervisory team and work-based mentors.


This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees.


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.
  • Research students whose first language is not English will also be required to demonstrate a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants must be employed by WMAS and have the relevant knowledge/experience of challenges faced by ethnically diverse paramedic professionals regarding career progression and leadership.
  • Applicants must be eligible for the home tuition fee status.

How to apply

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

To find out more about the project please contact: Dr Tracey Rheling or Dr Amannda Adegboye

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