White Rose PhD studentship network:

Innovative approaches to understanding the wider determinants of health and wellbeing using record linkage and mixed methods to exploit the full potential of population cohorts in Yorkshire & Humber

Directed by Professor Kate Pickett, University of York and lead for Health Inequalities in the CLAHRC YH core team

Awarded as part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Yorkshire and Humber

Congratulations to the successful applicants for these studentships, who are joining their respective universities and the CLAHRC at the start of the autumn term, 2014.  The new students are:

Sheffield Hallam University (Supervised by Professor Hora Soltani, Sheffield Hallam, and Dr Victoria Burley, Leeds)

Student: Katie Marvin-Dowle

I began my career working as a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Support worker and youth worker in Sheffield. Having gained experience in this field for a number of years I returned to higher education in 2006 to study Health and Human Sciences (BMedSci) at the University of Sheffield. Following my undergraduate degree I began a traineeship with East Midlands Public Health Observatory. This employment included completing a Master of Public Health degree, also at the University of Sheffield. I have remained employed with this organisation (which has now become part of Public Health England) to date, working largely on the child and maternal health and nutrition work streams.

My work history in both a practitioner role and as a public health analyst has motivated me to enter academic research, and I will begin my PhD programme in October 2014. My research will examine the impact of nutrition and lifestyle factors on pregnancy and birth outcomes in adolescent women.


University of Bradford (Supervised by Professor Neil Small, Bradford, Dr Roger Parslow, Leeds, Dr David Bowles, Sheffield)

Student: Chrissy Bishop

Following completion of a BSc in Occupational Therapy, I worked in the NHS for 5 years as an Occupational Therapist. During this time I completed an MSc in Professional Health and Social Care, beginning my interest in health research, both in health system innovations and Epidemiology/detriments of health. Consequently I went on to study an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Leeds, selecting to specialise in non-communicable diseases, congenital anomalies and multi level modelling. My final project for the MSc focused on measuring and understanding sleep and its synergy with glucose levels and circadian rhythm’s. My current research will focus on ethnic differences in lifestyle patterns and how this affects sleep amongst children. I hope to investigate differing sleep patterns in both mothers and children and possible relationships with congenital anomalies.

University of York (Supervised by Professor Kate Pickett, York, Professor Bob Doherty, York and Professor Barbara Stewart-Knox, Bradford)

Student: Madeleine (Maddy) Power

I have worked at The Equality Trust since July 2012 as a Senior Research and Policy Advisor, studying the social and economic impacts of economic inequality.  Prior to this, I worked for the Resolution Foundation researching issues related to living standards and low earners and led a feasibility study into low-cost, flexible childcare as part of the Worklife Project.  I studied social and political sciences at Cambridge University before completing an MSc in Social Policy (Research) at the London School of Economics.  My research will focus on ethnic differences in families’ food ecurity, hunger and use of food banks in Bradford and the distribution and organisation of food banks and related services in the city.

University of Leeds (Supervised by Dr Ian Keller, Leeds, Dr Dimitris Ballas, Sheffield and Dr Rosie MacEachan, Bradford Institute for Health Research)

Student:  Hannah Roberts

I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2013 with a degree in Geography, and went on to study Geographical Information Systems (MSc) at the University of Leeds. Whilst studying for my master's degree I undertook a research placement module, which allowed me the opportunity to work with the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR). The placement inspired me to continue to work in the field of health research, and I will be starting my PhD in October. My research will focus on describing and modelling the influences of the environment on green space utilisation, and its influence of health and well-being. By coincidence, my work will be carried out under the guidance of supervisors based at the BIHR, the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield.




University of Sheffield (Supervised by Dr Ravi Maheswaran, Sheffield and Dr Lorna Fraser, York)

Student: Alex Clifford

I graduated from The University of Sheffield (BA Geography) where I continued for my Masters (MSc Social and Spatial Analysis). During my Masters I also studied in The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), where my interest in researching health inequalities was founded. My research will be based in ScHARR, Sheffield, and will focus on investigating associations between green space, health and mortality, through establishing a measure of green space.