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NIHR SPHR Fuse (Newcastle University) internship: Investigating the effects of changes in income on the mental health of children in poor families during a period of austerity in the UK

N.B. please note this internship is only available to Newcastle University students. 

We are undertaking research to understand how changes to social security policy impact on mental health and health inequalities. We are looking for an intern with a passion for public health, health economics, and applied research. You will play an important role in helping to organise the data that will be used in our analysis and preparing some of the preliminary analysis that will inform our work. You will gain valuable experience in working as part of a larger research team, understanding how applied research works in practice, and gain some insights and understanding of how policy impacts on the mental health of people.

Key duties of the role include:

  • Organising a large data set for analysis using a statistical software package STATA
  • Undertaking some preliminary statistical analysis around means and trends in the data
  • Undertaking reading in the topic area of social security and mental health
  • Working as a part of a team

Internship requirements

We are looking for an undergraduate student at Newcastle University who:

  • Is between their second and third year of studies or third and fourth year
  • Expected to receive a 1st or 2:1
  • Keen to develop their interest in public health

Research team

You will undertake a quantitative analysis with support from your supervisory team:

Julija Simpson (ESRC PhD Student)

Dr. Heather Brown (Senior Lecturer)

Professor Clare Bambra (Professor of Public Health)


How to apply

Individuals who are interested can see the job posting and apply through the My Career Page (registration required) for this paid internship.

The deadline to apply is 2 May so be sure to create an account and apply early.

If you’re interested and have any questions please email Dr Heather Brown:

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