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"Death and Dying in Prison: Deconstructing Disenfranchised Dying" (REA Scholarship - Social Work)

This study will explore the meanings, experiences and responses associated with dying in prison through the narrative study of the lives of affected prisoners.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

19 December 2017

Deadline

23 March 2018

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

The student should have a first or second class Honours degree (minimum 2.1) and/or a Masters degree in a closely related discipline.

International students are welcome to apply but must pay the difference between the EU and the International fee each year.

Project Details

Death and Dying in Prison: Deconstructing Disenfranchised Dying

Understanding experiences of and responses to death and dying in prison is now critical. Suicides and homicides have risen sharply in recent years (Ministry of Justice, 2015) and, in the UK, North America and Japan, in particular (Maschi et al 2013), the average age of the prison population is increasing with the number of deaths in prison likely to rise (NHS 2011). This trend is expected to continue owing to longer sentences for serious crimes, more convictions for historic offences and improved life expectancies (Scottish Parliament 2017).

Beyond the moral and ethical aspects of dying in prison, having effective supports in place is a core concern (NHS 2011, Scottish Government 2015, Stone et al, 2011), requiring a greater understanding of this phenomenon to shape responses.  This study will explore the meanings, experiences and responses associated with dying in prison through the narrative study of the lives of affected prisoners. It specifically aims to:

  1. Produce a critically analytic, multi-disciplinary review of international policies, practices and research relating to dying in prison;
  2. Advance an integrated and culturally, ethically and sociologically informed theoretical framework for the study of dying and death in prisons;
  3. Explore conceptualisations, impacts, effects, experiences and significances of different forms of dying in prison;
  4. Critically analyse the influence of different aspects of the prison environment and communities that influence the above;
  5. Explore how prisons provide for, care for, organise and manage end of life in prison;
  6. Shape and influence related policies and practices.

Funding Details

Home/EU Tuition Fees, plus Stipend starting at £14,917 p.a. (October 2018).  International students are welcome to apply but must pay the difference between the EU and the International fee each year.

Contact us

Dr Beth Weaver

Email:  beth.weaver@strath.ac.uk

Telephone:  (0141) 444 8657

Dr Sally Paul

Email:  sally.paul@strath.ac.uk

Telephone:  (0141) 444 8756

Or

Graduate School

Email: hass_postgrad@strath.ac.uk

Telephone: (0141) 444 8400


How to apply

All candidates must apply online.

In the "Programme Name" field, pleases select “PhD Social Work”

In the "Funding" section, please write ‘REA Scholarship’.

You should upload the following documents with your application:

  • A short research proposal of no more than 1000 words that provides an overview of the research context and proposed research design.
  • CV
  • Covering letter describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project
  • Degree transcripts (this may be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • Two academic references

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews will take place on 24th April 2018