David Locker Scholarship in Social Science, Oral Health and Dentistry 2018

A scholarship established in 2016 as a permanent endowment thanks to a generous legacy from the estate of the late Professor David Locker.

About the Award

David LockerThe University of Sheffield is pleased to announce the David Locker Scholarship in Social Science, Oral Health and Dentistry.

Professor David Locker completed his degree in Dentistry at the University of Sheffield in 1971. He gained his BDS (Distinction) from Charles Clifford Dental School Sheffield in 1971 before gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Services Management in Leeds a year later. He went on to study Sociology at the University of Kent where he completed a Postgraduate Diploma and eventually a PhD in 1975. From the outset he had an interest in research that broke disciplinary boundaries publishing his PhD on disability in 1983 and a later book on social and behavioural sciences in dentistry.

He started his career as Lecturer in Social Science at St. Thomas' Hospital Medical School but eventually he was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He subsequently became a Professor there in 1990 and became the Director of the Community Dental Health Services Research Unit in 1991. He eventually went on to become Associate Dean for Graduate and Postgraduate Studies in 2003. He was also a Visiting Professor at Guys Hospital Dental School, King’s College London and the Turner Dental School, Manchester from 2000 and at the Peninsular Dental School from 2007.

In his later career Professor Locker maintained strong links with The University of Sheffield working with colleagues at the Unit of Dental Public Health. Professor Locker’s passion was for Applied Social Science and Dental Public Health. He believed that good quality applied social science and dental public health would make a difference to the lives of patients and to oral health care in general. He worked closely with colleagues at the University of Sheffield and had a very deep bond with the University. After his death he bequeathed a sum of money that he wanted to be used to support International students seeking to do social science research in the field of oral health and dental public health.

Value

£7,500 scholarship for postgraduate research study

Criteria for Assessment

When making your application it is very important to explain clearly what the award will enable you to do and why this is essential for your studies. You may refer to specific details of your project including how the funding will allow you to do something you would not be able to do should you not receive the award. If you are external to the University of Sheffield you might consider explaining how the award might help you collect data or build collaborative links with members of the team at the University of Sheffield.

Preference will be given to high calibre candidates who are finding it difficult to initiate or sustain their postgraduate research studies financially and who have high academic potential. The fund can be used for:

  • Outstanding graduate students to register for a PhD in the Academic Unit of Oral Health Dentistry and Society, School of Clinical Dentistry.
  • Outstanding existing postgraduate students working in collaboration with the Academic Unit of Oral Health Dentistry and Society, School of Clinical Dentistry who are in financial hardship in order to facilitate the completion of their PhD studies.
  • Outstanding existing postgraduate students working in collaboration with the Academic Unit of Oral Health Dentistry and Society, School of Clinical Dentistry to facilitate new or existing research links for data collection, analysis and/or presentations.

Eligibility

Students with a background in social science and/or dentistry who are conducting or who are seeking to conduct postgraduate research study in the interdisciplinary field of Social Science, Oral Health and Dentistry at the University of Sheffield. Please bear in mind preference will be given to those students who do not have sponsorship or who are experiencing hardship.

Interested in Applying?

Please contact Professor Barry Gibson, Director of the Population and Person Centred Oral Health Research Group (PAPOR) at the University of Sheffield (b.j.gibson@sheffield.ac.uk).

Closing Date

On or before 1st of September 2018