Getting a taste of a PhD

7 July 2017

Richard - Research Internship

Each year, our Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education offers research internships to high-calibre students who are considering studying a PhD. Here's Richard's story.

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We offer internships in three subjects – social work and social policy, education and health. It's a chance to undertake a piece of research with academic guidance. These are all areas that we'll submit to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Current ARU student Richard Boamah-arase felt our internship was an opportunity he had to take advantage of.

Richard has been undertaking the internship since April 2017, and is due to finish in early August. The internship is part-time and fits around his current studies. The title of his project is An exploration of how a university can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia and their families/carer.

Richard comments:

"An internship day for me will usually consist of academic work on campus incorporating literature search in our university library, writing the literature review, meeting my supervisor, submitting work I have done so far and receiving feedback and encouragement to move ahead."

Richard is supported by Professor Patricia Schofield and Dr Julie Teatheredge. Dr Teatheredge says:

“Richard is very committed to the internship and is enjoying the work. It is a very important subject, and will hopefully contribute to the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia 2020, to raise awareness of dementia and to take action to transform the way people think, act and talk about dementia, to create inclusive and supportive environments.”

Richard added:

“I feel really excited about the programme. I find it a great opportunity to broaden my knowledge in my field of study, and furthermore, to acquire more practical experiences and a taste of the PhD programme which I aspire to undertake.”

Our faculty firmly believes in lifelong learning and offers a range of high-quality courses that cover current topical issues. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem during their lifetime, the innovative delivery of our MSc Mental Health helps to increase knowledge and understanding of mental health care.