HENRY PhD studentship opportunity

Programme Description

The University invites applications for a PhD student to join our Hertfordshire Knowledge Exchange Partnership (HKEP) scheme which is 1-year industrial placement followed by a 3-year PhD studentship funded jointly by the European Regional Development Fund, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and HENRY (a national charity).

Start date: November 2019

Duration: 4 years

Company: HENRY

Stipend: Starts at £15,009 per annum plus approved expenses. All students will also receive a maximum contribution towards their individual tuition fees that is equivalent to the Home/EU student fee in each year of registration.

The project

HENRY are passionate about babies and young children getting the best possible start in life. Over the last 10 years HENRY has developed, delivered and tested a highly effective behaviour change approach to supporting parents in providing a healthy start in life for babies and young children. The Charity also developed a programme for parents of primary school children which is being piloted and tested in 3 local authorities. HENRY is seeking to extend its behaviour change approach to supporting teenagers to adopt healthier lifestyles and improve their long-term physical and emotional well-being, through changes in physical activity and nutritional education. Find out more information.

The associate will develop an understanding of the HENRY approach and become a trained deliverer by working with HENRY training and development team to develop the programme and co-deliver it during feasibility study. The PhD will focus on reviewing evidence and consulting with teenagers about how we can best help them improve their well-being. The project will progress to testing the feasibility of a new teenage programme, that will be refined and rolled out on a wider scale.

Supervisor Information

  • Dr Neil Howlett, University of Hertfordshire
  • Sian Livsey, HENRY



  • A minimum of a 2.1 in a relevant undergraduate (BSc) qualification (e.g. Psychology or public health related)
  • Experience of using both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience of research development and writing content for multiple users, including presenting academic data to a lay audience
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to travel to different locations across the country
  • Ability to build positive relationships through rapport and empathy
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work on own initiative and respond to challenges
  • Ability to communicate fluently in different mediums (e.g. verbal, written)
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple on-going tasks
  • Commitment to reflective practice and ongoing learning and development
  • Interest in programme development and delivery as well as research


  • A minimum of Merit in a relevant Postgraduate (MSc) qualification (e.g. Psychology or public health related)
  • Understanding of theories and approaches to intervention design in behaviour change
  • Understanding of values and principles of working in partnership with service users
  • Experience of community-based projects
  • Desire to develop facilitation skills


Application Process

For further information and to apply for this role please email hsp@herts.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is the Monday 30 September 2019.

Informal enquires should be addressed to Dr Neil Howlett at n.howlett@herts.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this address will not be accepted.

If you do not receive an invitation to interview then you have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.