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Institute for Sport Physical Activity & Leisure

Whole Systems Approach to Obesity Project:  Four full PhD Studentships available starting in October 2016 (closing date for applications midnight 29th May 2016)

This programme provides an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in and make a contribution to a major national programme, with international connections, that is seeking to understand and create a different – and hopefully more successful – approach to tackling one of the world’s most pressing challenges.  Successful candidates will be joining a team of colleagues from different backgrounds and disciplines as well as engaging with decision-makers and influencers in national and local government, and in major bodies that can create more joined up working, more effective and more sustainable solutions. 

As part of this programme, Leeds Beckett University will be generating research material and findings, and seeking to produce a range of publications for different audiences. We recognise that this programme raises a number of opportunities for PhDs, and we are therefore offering four full bursaries for PhD students to join the team. 

These studentships include a UK/EU fee waiver for 3 years and a bursary of £14,047 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments).

For further information on the bursaries and details on how to apply please visit our University Research webpages.


Whole Systems Obesity

Professor Anne Flintoff - Institute Director

Professor Anne FlintoffOur research has high impact and value for stakeholder organisations and end users, and is delivered through a supportive academic environment for all its researchers, from students to Professors.

The overarching strategy of the research Institute and its centres aligns with the research strategy of our University. Within the Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015, strategic theme three, our University aspires to be a catalyst for social and economic progress in and for our region, nationally and internationally, through research and enterprise.

Our cadre of active researchers is evident in that we are in a position to support five separate University Research Centres within the Institute. In addition to the five Professors that lead our research centres there are a further nine Professors within the Institute: Professor David Carless, Professor Paul Gately, Professor Kevin Hylton, Professor Roderick King, Professor Jonathan Long, Professor John O'Hara and Professor Stephen Wagg; and our readers are: Dr Eric Brymer, Dr Andrew Pringle, Dr Hayley Fitzgerald, Dr ShiNa Li, Dr Beccy Watson, Dr Ivor Timmis and Dr Emma Wood, that add to the critical mass of academic leaders of research across our Institute.

There are currently over 200 postgraduate research award students studying across the Centres of the Institute, with opportunities for new students to compete for full time PhD bursaries on an annual basis or self-fund their studies.

The Institute delivers international research excellence through our five University Research Centres, all of which have Professorial leadership:

So if you are interested in our research either as a client, collaborator or prospective student please do not hesitate to contact the relevant centre head using the links above.

Professor Anne Flintoff - Institute Director

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