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Three postgraduate opportunities for research on age friendliness.

More people are growing older. County Monaghan as part of their global Age Friendly Initiative have recognised challenges associated with an ageing population. Monaghan County Council in their role in the strategic Age Friendly Alliance are collaborating with researchers at the Netwell and Casala Centres, Dundalk Institute of Technology, to part-fund fees for three graduates to research and develop possible innovative solutions that will support new approaches to service delivery. This research has the potential to lead towards higher degrees by research, namely an MSc or PhD.

Of priority are projects that work collaboratively at strategic and grass roots level to find the voices of older people and devise a strategy based on consultation. The graduates will also work with others collaboratively to implement innovative approaches to service delivery. The three projects are:

  • Safety & security
  • Health
  • Loneliness & Isolation.

Dundalk Institute of Technology is a dynamic, world class Institute that has developed an international research reputation through its Research Centres. The Netwell Centre focuses on transforming communities, environments and technologies for ageing-in-place. CASALA is the technology research and development, industry linkage and commercialisation arm of the Netwell Centre. Researchers in both centres are developing new ideas that enhance the quality of life and well-being of older people and those who care for them, through more integrated community-oriented services, more sustainable home and neighbourhood design, and more age-friendly technologies.

Studentship Description:

Each part-funded opportunity covers fees to the value of €2000 (total fees for an MSc are €4000). The research position forms part of WHO programme on age friendliness (see who.int/ageing/age_friendly_cities/en/), a multi-disciplinary project aimed at improving health and well-being for community based adults in later life. The funding for this studentship will be used to contribute to postgraduate fees and postgraduate training potentially leading to a higher degree by research.

The Applicants:

  • Will review literature and policy documents
  • Engage in data collection and analyses using surveys, interviews, focus groups and case studies throughout Monaghan and Cavan
  • Liaise with a range of stakeholders including older people and project partners,
  • Participate in local and regional project meetings
  • Avail of training by senior researchers at the Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Your profile:

  • An honours Bachelors degree in an appropriate social science discipline
  • Good English skills (both oral and written)
  • Experience in the use of surveys and statistical evaluation and / or interviews
  • Good people skills to work with a range of stake holders  
  • Good time-management and planning skills
  • Car driver

Term: One-two year project

Further information on an informal basis can be obtained from www.netwellcentre.org or

Dr Ann O’Hanlon – T: +353 (0)42 9370497 E: ann.ohanlon@dkit.ie

To apply: Candidates should email their full curriculum vitae along with a covering letter to Mrs. Jane Daly-Russell (jane.daly@dkit.ie) by 5pm October 31st 2012. Applicants should make clear which of the three projects are of interest.

Research Office
PJ Carrolls Building
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
County Louth