It’s a busy time of year, with OSCE’s and final assessments in full flow, and hopefully holidays to take, so the closing date for applications for our College funded PhD studentship has been extended to August 30th. This project is based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and is supervised by Drs Kez Latham, Joy Myint and Michael Crossland. The aim of the project is to provide optometrists with evidence based advice on the best ways to assess and score peripheral functional field loss in patients with low vision, and to provide guidelines that relate visual field performance to likely difficulties in specific tasks.
The scholar should hold a first or upper second class degree, and be (or become) a member of the College of Optometrists. Tuition fees (UK and EU only) and a tax-exempt bursary of £13,726 per annum for 3 years are provided. While this may not sound like a large salary, no tax is payable on this sum and nor is tax payable on any additional income up to the value of your personal allowance, which makes this money go a lot further than is first apparent. There would be opportunities to supplement income with teaching within the Department for 6-8 hours per week, usually assisting in practical classes or supervising clinics. Most optometric postgraduate students also do some locum work. Ideally, the scholar would be in a position to start the project between September 2013 and January 2014.
If you’re interested, but have any questions regarding project, salary, expectations, start date or anything else, please feel free to get in touch. To make an application, the details can be found on the Anglia Ruskin website.