Children’s perceptions of parents’ use of technology in Wales (MRes Scholarship)

Children’s perceptions of parents’ use of technology in Wales

School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
(Bangor or Wrexham campus)

Project ID: BUK2150
Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free over 12 months (September 2018 – August 2019)

Each KESS 2 study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

Application Deadline: 22/06/18

Project Description :

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated graduate for this exciting opportunity to undertake a Masters in Research (MRes). This is a collaborative project between the Hot House Research Team, School of Healthcare Sciences and Public Health Wales.

Technology is an ever-present feature in modern life and there are growing concerns around its encroachment into family life and parenting and the impact this may have on child development and behaviour. On the one hand, there is social pressure on parents to respond immediately to calls and messages, potentially resulting in increased disruption between parents and children. Whilst on the other hand, there are functions on technology which parents might be opting to interact with more than children. While it is anticipated that technology will influence family interaction, very little research has been undertaken to explore the impact of parental use of technology of family life. To date, most research on the use and impact of new technology on public health has focused on children’s technology usage.

This project will seek to explore Welsh school children’s perceptions of their parents’ use of technology. The project will be based in school settings and may involve a mixed-methods approach. The student will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Start date: 01/09/18

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Catherine Sharp at the School of Healthcare Sciences; Professor Karen Hughes and Professor Mark Bellis from the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Dr Alisha Davies (Head of Research, Public Health Wales) as the company supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Catherine Sharp via email (

Applications should include a covering letter and CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Sharp ( and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney ( by 17:00 on 22/06/18. We welcome applications in either English or Welsh.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.