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Graduate Teaching Assistant - Training and Development in Arts in Health

Fine Art

Location:  Wrexham
Salary:  £2,961 to £3,309 per annum
Closing Date:  Tuesday 21 November 2017
Reference:  1617121

MPhil/PhD Studentship: Training and Development in Art in Health

School of Creative Arts, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Training and Development in Art in Health

Qualification type: MPhil/PhD      

Location - Wrexham and Hospitals & Community Settings across North Wales

Funding for - UK/EU Students

Hours - Full-time

Duration - Three years

Closing date - 21 November 2017

The project:

Applicants are invited for an MPhil/PhD studentship, co-funded by BCUHB and the School of Creative Arts’ Research Centre at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

The MPhil/PhD studentship is designed to investigate and implement training packages for artists and healthcare professionals working on arts in health projects for BCUHB.  The MPhil/PhD is funded 80% FTE for 3 years, FT fees and 20% FTE GTA (I day/week) salary made available by the University and BCUHB.

The research project is designed to investigate and identify the gaps in the provision in training and development for artists working on arts in health projects in hospitals and communities and also health care workers wanting to provide arts activities for service users. Through a period of sustained investigative enquiry into current projects running in North Wales, and an analysis of training needs, the candidate will develop a template for the accreditation and assessment of competencies needed to facilitate arts activities within the Creative Well programme at BCUHB. Curriculum content will be developed along with training for its implementation, piloting and final delivery. Evaluation will also form a crucial role in addressing the strategic importance of this work for arts in health initiatives nationally with the ultimate goal of making the provision of arts in health more efficient and sustainable, leading to positive improvements in the quality of provision for users.

The research objectives are to:

  • Assess the impact of arts activities at BCUHB, in terms of social contact, increased self-esteem, de-stigmatisation of health conditions, increased confidence and self-agency.
  • Contribute to the national arts and health agenda, through the dissemination of best practice at BCUHB.
  • Define the prerequisite arts competencies for delivery of arts activities in health care environments.
  • Assess the arts competency of artists and health care staff delivering arts activities in health care environments. 
  • Develop and deliver training interventions which support arts competencies, and address gaps in skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Professionalise arts delivery within health care environments.
  • Establish new strategic partnerships, and income streams to increases participation in arts and health activity at BCUHB.
  • Define a framework for the sustainable recruitment, development and retention of all delivering arts activities in its health care environments

The project will provide training in all relevant aspects of the research process.

For further information about the project, contact Dr Susan Liggett

For information about Wrexham Glyndwr University and how to apply, see vacancies at

For information about BCUHB, see

IMPORTANT - Application process for candidates.

You will need to complete an online application form.

You will also need to attach the following as one single document:

  • A covering letter stating that you are applying.
  • A personal statement (100 words max)
  • A summary of why you are applying and an indication of your approach to the project (250 words max).
  • A CV, including full details of skills and experience, university course grades, research experience, exhibitions, projects, arts health engagement activities, publications and conference presentations and employment.
  • A copy of your degree certificates and transcripts.
  • A copy of English Language training certificates (e.g. IELTS) for candidates who aren't native English/Welsh language users and who don't have a degree from a British University, or equivalent proof of language knowledge at the appropriate standard.
  • A summary of a research project to which the candidate contributed. 

If you have any questions about the application process, or to apply in Welsh, please contact the Recruitment Team at Wrexham Glyndwr University:  Tel:  01978 294407 or email


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