RE-NEW - Adolescent REnal transplant patients and its service in need for NEW perspectives and technologies to increase treatment adherence

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

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

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

Application deadline: 31st of August 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: January 2021

To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Kim Bul

About the Project

Treatment non-adherence decreases kidney transplant patients’ life expectancy by 4 years. There is a huge drop in adherence rates among adolescents and young adults (16-30 years old) with percentages rising up to 75%. This results in 36.4% of graft losses, 19.9% of late acute rejections, decreased quality of life (QoL) and additional hospital costs up to $900 per patient per year. Results of a recently funded CU and UHCW study demonstrated the importance of several themes (e.g. mental health, care accessibility, communication with healthcare professionals (HCPs) and peer support) in improving treatment adherence among this population. The current PhD project will develop, test and implement the first user-driven digital intervention to improve treatment adherence in young kidney transplant patients, and thereby improve life expectancy, QoL and decrease health care costs, in the long-term. The first year focuses on synthesizing evidence in a narrative review, formulating design recommendations and intervention development through stakeholder consultation. The second year focuses on preparing, recruiting and running a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT; anticipated n=75; 10 weeks) to evaluate preliminary intervention efficacy. The third year focuses on data-analysis, thesis write-up and formulating recommendations on how the current digital intervention can be integrated into NHS pathway.



Coventry University offers a fully-funded PhD studentship to UK/EU and international students in collaboration with University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The studentship will include:

  • Full tuition fees
  • A stipend for up to 3.5 years (£15000/year) subject to satisfactory progress
  • Financial support to publish outcomes in open-access journals
  • Conference allowances



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. 

Further benefits
  • Throughout the programme the candidate will have a joint supervisory team and work in close collaboration with stakeholders in both clinical and academic fields.
  • The successful candidates will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills at the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development at Coventry University
  • The supervisory team offers a substantial track record in successful doctoral supervision and expertise in the thematic areas identified.


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 3.5 years
  • In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with minimum overall marks at merit level (60%)*. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a minimum mark of merit level (60%).
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, if you are an EU (non UK) or overseas national
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
  • A good knowledge, understanding and/or experience in kidney transplant and younger populations
  • Experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis
  • Experience of (or willingness to quickly learn) about use of innovative technologies within pediatric kidney transplant care
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Willingness to travel between Coventry University, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW)

How To Apply

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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