Human Factors in emergency flood rescue and developing optimal responder training


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Wednesday 23 January 2019

About this project

This PhD takes a Human Factors approach to developing effective emergency flood rescue training. 

The project will employ psychological and physiological methods to

  1. evaluate the mental and physical challenges facing flood rescue teams
  2. explore the validity of emergency flood rescue training, with a view to understanding if such training prepares emergency responders for the range of tasks to which they might be exposed
  3. design optimal flood training protocols that enhance skill maintenance and prepare trainees for the extreme environment. 

This project will be carried out in partnership with Humberside Fire & Rescue Service and will benefit from access to current training provision.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme. 

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chains to slavery. 

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Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree in Psychology and/or Exercise Physiology with an interest in applied Human Factors research, or Masters level research qualification in a relevant discipline. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Interviews will be held between 7 and 27 February 2019.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

Studentships will start on 16th September 2019.