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06-16-2006, 01:00 AM
PhD Studentship in Assistive Technology

The Division of Applied Biomedical Research at
King’s College London, UK, invites applications
for a PhD studentship funded by King’s College London.

It is recognised in the literature that the
success of assistive technology (AT) rests on
good assessment, centred around the user.
However, there are many different types of
assessment done in practice, as each service has
developed its own procedures, and there are no
good practice guidelines. There are also two
other crucial steps in AT provision directly
related to its success: delivery and follow-up,
of which the literature is even sparser than for assessment.

This PhD project will investigate the assessment,
delivery and follow-up procedures at
well-established AT services in the British Isles
who will be observed as case-studies and from
whom a set of good practice guidelines will be derived.

The aims are: to better understand the
assessment, delivery and follow-up processes
taking place and to evaluate how improved
performance can be obtained through good
practice. Where the data is available, a
cost-benefit analysis will also be done. The
project will blend theoretical analysis based on
the literature with ethnographic observations, as
it is expected the student will spend some time
in each of the case study services. Ethnographic
data will then the analysed in order to
synthesise good practice guidelines for assessment, delivery and follow-up.

The successful applicant will join a dynamic
research group within the Division of Applied
Biomedical Research. The studentship is available
for suitably qualified UK or EU students. The
studentship includes full payment of fees and a
3-year maintenance grant (currently in the region
of £14,300 tax-free per annum). Applications are
invited from committed and highly observant
individuals, who have a 1st class or upper 2nd
class honours degree, or masters, in assistive
technology, occupational therapy, or a related
discipline with experience in AT.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Ruth
Mayagoitia-Hill, 020 7848 8102,
who will be the main supervisor.

The studentship is available from Autumn 2006.
Applicants should apply by completing an online
application form available at
Further details of CoRE and the Division of
Applied Biomedical Research can be found at
The closing date for applications is July 31st, 2006.

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Dr. Ruth Mayagoitia-Hill
Coordinator, MSc in Assistive Technology
Centre of Rehabilitation Engineering
Academic Department of Physiotherapy
4.16 Shepherd's House
Guy's Campus
King's College London
London SE1 1UL
United Kingdom
Tel: + 00 44 (0)20 7848 8102
Fax: +00 44 (0)20 7848 6325