Our congratulations to HART member, Dr Trish Jackman, who was recently awarded funding by the Student Mental Health Research Network (SMaRteN) for research on mental health in doctoral students. Mental health in doctoral education is receiving increased attention in the media and across higher education. Within this context, there is growing recognition of the importance of developing interventions to improve mental health in doctoral students. Working alongside co-investigator, Dr Kelly Sisson (Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching, University of Lincoln), the project led by Dr Jackman will aim to develop an evidence base to inform the development, delivery, and evaluation of a student-generated induction package to promote mental health in doctoral students.
With a focus on student engagement and co-production, the induction package will be created by students for students. Ultimately, it is envisaged that the project will create a robust evidence base for an intervention that will help research students to get off to the best possible start on their doctoral journey and reduce the risk of poor mental health later on. Congratulations to Trish and Kelly on securing this funding for such important work.
More information on the project can be found here.