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Research Studentships and Fees-only Bursaries

Doctoral Studentship - The Connect Physiotherapy

Theme: Muscle health across the lifespan

Muscle accounts for three quarters and two thirds of the body mass of men and women respectively (Leahy et al., 2013). Muscle health is a critical component of human performance, independent living and the maintenance of metabolic health. Deviations in muscle health below ‘normal’ can present as a reduction in athletic performance, quality of life or metabolic disease. Human ageing and degenerative diseases are associated with a progressive decline in skeletal muscle mass, strength and function, known as sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is to muscle what osteoporosis is to bone. However, as yet, there are no published reference ranges from which to evaluate muscle health with ageing. This is in stark contrast to the validated measurement of bone health across the adult life span (Kanis et al., 1994). A valid assessment of muscle health requires an accurate population-specific reference base of skeletal muscle mass, strength and function. The consensus within Europe (Cruz-Jentoft et al., 2010) is to construct normative (healthy young adult) reference populations, with cut-off points at two standard deviations below the mean reference value, and relate to three primary outcome variables – muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance. The purpose of the proposed research project will be to generate reference criteria for muscle mass, muscle strength and function in young adults (20 – 40y; n=1000) and older adults (50-70y; n=1000) in order to determine ranges from which deviations below ‘normal’ can be identified and response to intervention monitored.

Studentship Funding

This a three-year full-time funded doctoral studentship. The doctoral home/eu fees of £4,121 per annum will be paid in full by Leeds Beckett University. The successful candidate will be paid an annual stipend of £14,260 jointly funded by Leeds Beckett and Connect. 

The Candidate

The successful candidate should have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent, in an applied science degree, will have a strong interest in physiotherapy, exercise science or rehabilitation and will have experience dealing with members of the public in a sport, exercise or rehabilitation setting.

This position involves a maximum of 6 hours per week of teaching related activity at Leeds Beckett University or Connect Physiotherapy. 

How to apply

Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal. The proposal should be up to a maximum of four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the 4 page proposal) using type Arial 12 point.

The closing date for studentship applications is midnight 31st October 2016 for entry in February 2017.

Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Francis to informally discuss their application or research ideas.

Two full time sponsored Masters by Research Studentships (In Association with AHRC Heritage Consortium, NECAH and Leeds Library

Studentship Information

As part of Leeds Beckett’s commitment to the AHRC Heritage Consortium we are pleased to offer two fully-funded MRes opportunities (fees and stipend at RCUK rates – approximately £14,500 p.a. at the time of writing) in Heritage-Related studies.

Heritage can be very widely understood, and as part of any application you would be expected to make a clear case for the particular focus of your study. These opportunities are available full-time from February 2017. Applicants are invited to contact Professor Ruth Robbins with any questions they have about the programme.

How to Apply

Application is via the research students’ application form available here and a separate proposal. The application form tests your qualifications and/or experience and collects other important information. Your proposal should ideally show the following information:

  • An understanding of key issues in heritage-related studies.
  • A clear statement of intention about your proposed area of study.
  • Some understanding of appropriate research methods via which you expect to carry out your study.

In preparing this statement you should also be able to show:

  • Some sense of why your study matters – what will it add to the field of heritage-related studies?
  • A clear understanding of the scope and scale of what is possible in a 12-month study period. 
Closing Date and Further Information

The closing date for this opportunity is 30 November 2016. If appropriate we reserve the right to interview prospective students. 

Eligibility

This opportunity is open only to UK and EU citizens. 

Doctoral Fees Only Studentship in Architecture 

Studentship Information

Applications are invited for a PhD in Architecture degree, with a start date of February 2017 and with UK/EU fees paid.

 PhD in Architecture

The PhD programme in Architecture addresses the critical role of the discipline in its different aspects, from the theoretical to the political, from the formal to the representational.

The programme benefits from the cross-disciplinary research expertise of the School of Art, Architecture and Design, which offer a unique environment for integrating research across a range of areas covering culture, creativity, design, sustainability and digital domains.  It pursues advanced research in Architecture in its different forms – academic writing, architectural design and practice – and subjects:  history, theory, criticism, design and urbanism.

PhD candidates develop their individual research under the guidance of two supervisors, and are supported by a series of research seminars and presentations of their work both within and outside the school.

Students are encouraged and prepared to present their work in conferences and symposia, and to produce texts and projects for publication during the course of their studies.

Teaching opportunities are available within the Architecture programme, enabling PhD candidates to develop their own experience in education and prepare for an academic career. 

What to do if you are interested in applying

Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal. The proposal should be up to a maximum of four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the 4 page proposal) using type Arial 12 point.

The criteria listed below will be used to select the most suitable person for the studentship: 

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD
  2. Knowledge of the subject area that will ensure the development of a focused line of enquiry
  3. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD in Architecture
  4. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD will make to the body of knowledge
  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the timeframe of the award

Closing date for applications midnight, 31 October 2016 for a February 2017 start

For further information and to discuss the your research proposal contact the programme director Professor Teresa Stoppani.

For information on supervisors’ expertise, current research projects and programme activities see here.

More information about The School of Art, Architecture and Design can also be found here

 

Full-time Sponsored MRes (Fees-only): The impact of extreme environments on the cognitive, sensory and motor functions that underpin the performance of complex medical tasks.

Fees-only bursary

Applications are invited for a full-time Masters of Research Postgraduate degree in collaboration with the Defence Medical Services Hypoxic Study group, with a start date of February 2017 and with UK/EU fees paid for one year.

If you are an enthusiastic high achieving student looking to undertake a research degree in a vibrant research environment, then join us by applying for a full time studentship available within our Carnegie faculty. Carnegie brings a fresh and informed perspective to research in sport and exercise science, leisure, events, hospitality, tourism, education and childhood. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally in Unit 26 (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism) when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff.

Research proposal

Military defence surgical teams often operate at high altitude during conflict or disaster relief. A concern for MoD policy and procedure is whether bouts of oxygen deficiency (hypoxia) impact the performance of complex medical tasks (trauma, resuscitative procedures).

We welcome research proposals that employ a multi-method approach to better understand how moderate hypoxia affects cognitive, sensory and motor functionality during the completion of complex medical tasks.

The project will be a cross-school, multidisciplinary (Exercise Physiology, Psychology, Skill Acquisition) venture that will enhance established links with the Defence Medical Services’ Hypoxic Study Group, and is a potential gateway to a PhD programme of study.

What to do if you are interested in applying

Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal. The proposal should be up to a maximum of four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the 4 page proposal) using type Arial 12 point.

The criteria listed below will be used to select the most suitable person for the studentship: 

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a Masters of Research
  2. Knowledge of the subject area that will ensure the development of a focussed line of enquiry
  3. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a Masters of Research in the area of research
  4. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed Masters of Research will make to the body of knowledge
  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the one year study period

Closing date for applications midnight, 30 September 2016.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Jamie Poolton (j.poolton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) or Dr Andrew Manley (a.j.manley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.)

Doctoral Studentship in the International Centre for Research in Events Tourism and Hospitality

Studentship information

Applications are invited for a full time postgraduate research studentship bursary with a start date – February, 2017. The studentship will attract a bursary of £14, 296 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU fees paid for a period of three years.

If you are an enthusiastic high achieving student looking to undertake a PhD in a vibrant research environment, then join us by applying for this studentship. ICRETH brings a fresh and informed perspective to research in various aspects of events, tourism and hospitality. The quality of our research was acknowledged officially in the latest Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked second in the UK for research power (a measure of quality and volume) in Unit 26 (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism).

We welcome PhD research proposals based on an applicant’s area of interest as long as there are synergies between this and one of our existing areas of research strengths. We are particularly keen to receive applications in the broad areas of management, responsible tourism and the social and cultural aspects of events and tourism (see ICRETH).

There is an expectation that the successful candidates will be located full-time on the Headingley campus and be part of our thriving PhD environment.

What to do if you are interested in applying

Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal. The proposal should be up to a maximum of four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the 4 page proposal) using type Arial 12 point.

The criteria listed below will be used to select the most suitable person for the studentship:

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD
  2. Knowledge of the subject area that will ensure the development of a focussed line of enquiry
  3. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD in the area of research
  4. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD will make to the body of knowledge
  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the three year studentship.

Closing date for applications midnight, 30 September 2016.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Rhodri Thomas (r.thomas@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) or Dr Emma Wood (e.wood@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)