The University of the West of Scotland and the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice have launched a new legacy scholarship. The scholorship will support an individual in completing a dementia care PhD in honour of the late Dr Wendy Baxter M.B.E

As the Medical Director of the ACCORD Hospice in Paisley, Dr Wendy Baxter was passionate about palliative care. In 2007, in recognition of her service to the development of palliative medicine in Renfrewshire, she was awarded an M.B.E. Following retirement, she became a family carer to her father with dementia. These personal experiences strengthened her resolve to call upon others to apply palliative care principles within dementia care. In her last public lecture in 2008, she spoke eloquently about the progressive nature of dementia, emphasising her concerns about the known limitations in dementia services. Diagnosed with dementia herself in 2017, Wendy spent her final months, including three during the Covid-19 lockdown, as a care home resident with dementia. 

Professor Debbie Tolson, director of the the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS, said "Everyone at the Centre, UWS, and at Alzheimer Scotland are incredibly grateful to Wendy's family for this generous donation, which will ensure her legacy lives on through practice changing research to be undertaken by our chosen PhD scholar."

The scholarship is designed to support an outstanding candidate to complete a full-time, applied dementia care PhD with stipend and fees paid over a period of three years. The successful candidate will join the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice team as a junior researcher, benefitting from supervision from leading dementia care experts. The Centre are applications from graduates who have a first class or 2:1 degree, and or a research based Masters in a relevant subject. 

You can find out more about this opportunity by reading our candidate pack. Those interested should a apply at Applications close on Friday 28th May 2021.

For more information contact Professor Debbie Tolson
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +44 (0)7753309713