Success for PHD Student


Bryan Mitchell, a self-funded PhD student in the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice, successfully completed his PhD transfer event last week.

His topic ‘An action research study to introduce and evaluate the contribution of complementary therapy to person centred care of nursing home residents with later stages of dementia’ has attracted interest from Alzheimer Scotland who were represented at the transfer event. As a result of the information presented by Bryan and the success of the event, Alzheimer Scotland has agreed to fund the remainder of Bryan’s PhD studies at UWS.Bryan said: “This is much appreciated and makes all the difference to the continuation of my studies in this under-researched area.”

Professor Debbie Tolson said: “This extends the ongoing partnership UWS and Alzheimer Scotland and we are delighted that Bryan’s research and contribution to new knowledge in advanced dementia is being recognised.”

Lindsay Kinnaird from Alzheimer Scotland added: “Bryan’s research study is of key interest in supporting people with advanced dementia.  The potential of non-invasive therapeutic approaches to respond to stress and bring comfort to the person is an important area for exploration.  Alzheimer Scotland are delighted to continue to support Bryan as he progresses through his doctoral training programme.”