The School of Health and Social Care is offering a fully funded PhD studentship starting in January 2024. A stipend will be paid in line with UKRI guidelines, starting at £18,622pa in 2023/24, plus Home tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months. International candidates are welcome to apply but would need to be able to fund the fee difference. Interview date Thursday 16th November 2023.
The proposed interdisciplinary PhD is jointly funded by the University of Essex and a local social enterprise, Sport for Confidence (SFC), which places Occupational Therapists and specialist Sports Coaches into leisure centre settings to create accessible and inclusive opportunities. The studentship is focused on evaluating aspects of a national system partnership SFC has with Sport England. Key aims of the studentship will be:
- To understand and map the national system involved in promoting physical activity amongst marginalised and seldom heard populations (to include delivery, strategic and pre-registration health education systems).
- To examine the barriers and enablers of implementing a national system partnership.
- To examine the impact of this work on reducing health inequalities, tackling physical inactivity, and promoting wellbeing, particularly amongst marginalised and seldom heard populations.
The student will join a vibrant school with an active cohort of doctoral students and supportive team of academics, administrators, and technicians; being supervised by three experienced members of research staff from the School of Health and Social Care and the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences: Dr Anna Pettican, Dr Paul Freeman and Dr Andrew Brinkley. Additionally, the student will be integrated within SFC, working as part of the organisation to support a culture of collecting and utilising data to promote learning and inform practice. To have an informal discussion about the studentship, please contact Anna, Paul, or Andrew on firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- BSc (2:1 or above) in Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Data Analytics or Health and Social Care related disciplines
- Experience of qualitative research methods and analysis
- Knowledge and experience in experimental research design and quantitative data analysis
- Experience of working collaboratively with individuals from marginalised and seldom heard populations
- Experience of working within community health systems/services and/or using health service data
- Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team
- MSc/MRes in Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Data Analytics or Health related disciplines
- Registered health professional (ideally an Occupational Therapist)
- High levels of resourcefulness and attention to detail
- Experience of communicating and disseminating research to academic and non-academic audiences.
How to apply
Application closing date: 12 noon on Friday 20th October 2023. You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online. Applicants should select full-time ‘PhD in Public Health’ when applying and (when asked for your ‘proposed research topic or area of research’) state the studentship title at the top of this advert. Applications MUST include the following documents to be uploaded:
- Research proposal of no more than 600 words, outlining suggested research focus(es), approach(es) and/or studies that applicants would be interested to include within this PhD.
- CV including research experience, skills, and publications (if any).
- Covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the studentship.
- Transcripts of any undergraduate or masters’ programmes.