QMU-Postgraduate Prospectus QMU PG Mini Prospectus 2019 sp - Page 74

The QMU Graduate School Our Research Centres The Graduate School’s aims are to: Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHEAR) • ensure high quality graduate education; • maximise the quality of the student experience; • ensure timely research progression and completion rates; • share good practice on research supervision; • represent graduate issues within and outside the University; • oversee and continuously review doctoral degree administration; • maintain a vibrant community of doctoral students; • grow the doctoral student population and seek opportunities for new international business; • promote an inclusive and interdisciplinary research environment for PhD and Professional Doctorate students and • promote collaboration within the University and with external partners. All doctoral students are members of the QMU Graduate School. The Graduate School works in partnership with the University’s Department of Governance and Quality Enhancement, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, the Centre for Academic Practice and a range of support departments in order to support doctoral students effectively. If you have any general queries regarding the School, please email researchdegrees@qmu.ac.uk or visit the Graduate School website at www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/ postgraduate-research-study/ graduate-school-and-doctoral- research/ for further information and resources. QMU is also a member of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (www.socsciscotland. ac.uk) and a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (www.sgsah.ac.uk), both of which provide a high level of support for students. The Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHEAR) offers postgraduate research supervision expertise across our three sub-themes of physical activity and exercise; rehabilitation, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic rehabilitation; and clinical nutrition and biological science. We welcome applications from individuals with interests in research that focuses on health, nutritional status and quality of life of people, the professional practice of health and care professionals, and the development of health and care policy. A key driver of our postgraduate research training is the use of collaborative partnerships to facilitate applied research programmes of high relevance to our key stakeholder communities (eg consumers, patients, industry, NHS). Contact: Professor Tom Mercer (tme rcer@qmu.ac.uk) The Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) The Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) conducts research into social issues that affect people’s lives locally, nationally, and internationally. Membership of the Centre includes researchers from Business, Enterprise and Management; Media Culture and Performing Arts; Occupational Therapy and Art Therapy; and Psychology and Sociology. Research is focused around the following strategic areas: • identity, social inclusion/exclusion, citizenship and social participation; • i  ndividual and social meanings of health and wellbeing; • discourse, communication, mediation and negotiation in applied settings; and • individual information-processing and decision-making. Contact: Professor Chris McVittie (cmcvittie@qmu.ac.uk) 72 Centre for Person-Centred Practice Research (CPcPR) The Centre for Person-Centred Practice Research (CPcPR) has a focus on research that enhances service users’ (patients, residents, clients) experiences of care across a variety of care settings. We are particularly interested in research that makes a difference to the lives of people who experience health and social care services, as well as those who provide these services. Person- centredness is a concept that is focused on placing ‘the person’ at the heart of decision-making and to do that effectively requires a commitment to understanding how the context of care impacts on individual, team and organisational experience. We especially welcome applications for research that involves collaboration with practitioners, policy-makers and other research users in the fields of gerontology, dementia care, public health, long-term conditions and palliative/end-of-life care. Contact: Professor Jan Dewing (jdewing@qmu.ac.uk) Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (CCCMS) This centre carries out world-class and internationally excellent research on cultural and creative industries, public relations, film and media. Critical theoretical research is clustered around media and cultural policy, production and consumption; professionalised applied communication practices; analysis of film and television; and critical media industry studies. Our work has tackled areas such as: screen and on-demand industries, production studies, cultural spaces and cultural intermediaries, creative labour, adaptation, identities, and media audiences. We welcome applications for research that combine theoretically robust critique with an interest in practices, be they creative, discursive, industrial or institutional in nature. Contact: Professor Philip Drake (pdrake@qmu.ac.uk)