Translating the Connect Health and Well-being Programme into Welsh – MRes Scholarship

Translating the Connect Health and Well-being Programme into Welsh

Location: This project will be based in the School of Education and Human Development, Bangor University.

Project ID: BUK2E061
Annual Stipend: £11,702
Application deadline: 31st October 2021

Project Description:

The successful student will work on translating the Connect[1] Health and Wellbeing Programme into Welsh. The Connect Curriculum for Health and Wellbeing is an evidence-informed curriculum derived from the latest psychological theory on the elements of wellbeing and psychological flexibility and resilience. It is the first wellbeing curriculum to be fully informed by the psychological research framework of an evidence based therapy called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

Programme of research:

This research study aims to translate a Health and Wellbeing (H&W) programme known as ‘Connect’ into the Welsh language.

The proposed project aims to co-design, with lead-schools in the H&W ALoE in the North East of Wales, an adapted version of the Connect programme. H&W of all children in Wales being a current national priority for Welsh Government. This has grown in contextual importance given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our children; as such it is essential that teachers have access to a relevant and usable evidence-informed approach to helping children develop resilience and strong wellbeing behaviours.

Our research questions are:

1. What programmes are currently being used in Welsh medium primary schools in Wales to embed H&W into the curriculum?

2. A review of translation protocols for psychological interventions.

3. Pilot translation and feasibility of a section of the Connect curriculum into Welsh.

Studentship:

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time Research Masters programme and pay a stipend of circa £11,700 p.a. There is also around £3k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS 2 East Grad School) and conference attendance.

Eligibility of Student:

To be eligible to hold a KESS 2 East studentship, you must:

  • have a home address in East Wales (details below)* at the time of registration.
  • have the right to take up paid work in the Convergence area* on completion of the scholarship.
  • must have the right to work in the region on qualification
  • satisfy Bangor University’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

* The Convergence area covers East Wales: Flintshire/Wrexham/Powys/Monmouthshire/Newport/Cardiff/The Vale of Glamorgan

Essential

  • The ability to communicate fluently in Welsh.
  • Strong Welsh literary skills.
  • Have a degree (2i or higher) in either psychology, education, health, or other relevant discipline,
  • Possess an interest in health and wellbeing of children and its use within health and/or social care settings,
  • Possess a reasonable understanding of qualitative & quantitative research methods,
  • Be willing to work in educational settings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to prepare and present reports. Excellent organisational skills.
  • Be highly self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience of working to deadlines.

To apply, send a C.V. and covering letter to Prof. Carl Hughes (c.hughes@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk by 5p.m. on 25th. June.

KESS 2 East 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 East Wales.

[1] https://www.connect-pshe.org/