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Research Studentships and Fees-only Bursaries starting October 2017

1) Carnegie School of Sport Nutrition PhD Studentship in collaboration with Leeds Rhinos Rugby League club and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union Club

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In collaboration with Leeds Rhinos Rugby League club and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club we are pleased to invite applications for two full-time PhD Studentships commencing in October 2017.

The Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure delivers international research excellence through its five University Research Centres, one of which has a focus on Sports Performance. Staff and students within the Centre for Sports Performance have been working within rugby and athlete development for several years exploring ways to optimise performance and talent development.

The research projects will sit in the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project, which currently funds seventeen post-graduate research studentships and, four post-doctoral researchers. The research projects will involve working alongside staff at Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club or Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club, providing nutrition support alongside their chosen area of research to rugby players. Candidates should have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for applied sports performance, translational research, applied practice and working with athletes within a professional club. Candidates should also have, or be working towards, ISAK accreditation. 

The posts will require flexible working hours, including regular evening and occasional weekend work. Candidates should have a good research background and applied experience of delivering sports nutrition support to professional / academy athletes, relevant to their area of research. 

The proposed project titles are:

  1. Longitudinal development of lean mass in rugby players and supportive interventions to promote development.
  2. Influence of dietary intake on immune function and recovery ability in rugby players. 

We also invite other projects to be proposed, although this should be discussed with the project lead Dr Ben Jones (B.Jones@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) prior to application.

 

Please note, the closing date for applications is midnight 1 May 2017. All projects are subject to external funding.

 

Application process

  • Applicants should complete the research student application form and submit a research proposal in writing to one of the projects listed above, or provide your own project following a discussion with Dr Ben Jones.
  • Applicants are asked to provide a proposal of the research to be undertaken using the headings below as a guide.
  • The proposal of the research can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 12 point.
  • Applicants are asked to include at the start of the proposal the research project title.
  • Applicants should use the research project reference (CARRN01) as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.

Selection criteria

The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a Studentship. 

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD/MPhil.
  2. Experience of providing applied sports nutrition support to athletes.
  3. Knowledge of the subject area that will allow the development of a focussed line of enquiry.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD/MPhil in your chosen area of research.
  5. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD/MPhil will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature.
  6. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the two-year studentship.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application further by contacting the project lead Dr Ben Jones: B.Jones@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

 

Finance

Each studentship will have:

  • A stipend of £14,553 paid monthly (amount conditional as offered) and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance.
  • A tuition fee waiver.

Start date and Induction

The start date of the studentship is October 2017. The successful candidate will attend a compulsory induction at the beginning of October 2017 at Leeds Beckett University.

Part of the Research Culture

We expect bursary students to be an integral part of the research culture of the University, contributing to seminars and conferences, perhaps to projects, and generally engaging in the exchange of ideas. Associated with this, all research students undertake a research training programme.

Overseas Applicants

Prospective students from outside of the UK and EU who wish to apply to study at Leeds Beckett University will be required to make up the difference annually between the UK/EU fees to be paid by the University of £4,121 and overseas’ fees of £11,800. The fee difference must be paid prior to starting.  Overseas applicants must refer to the UKBA regulations on studying in the UK and contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk - telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

2) Carnegie School of Sport Funded PhD Studentships in Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure

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The Carnegie School of Sport is offering a number of three-year full-time PhD studentships in Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure to start in October 2017. The awards cover the standard UK stipend (£14,553 in 2017/18; pro-rata into 12 monthly payments and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance) and tuition fees (EU/UK fees only). 

The PhD Studentships include a range of exciting research projects spanning our five Research Centres in the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure. The interdisciplinary and applied nature of much of our research means that students work on challenging problems and have significant opportunity to develop new and valuable skills.

We are seeking highly-motivated and enthusiastic students who will fully engage in the dynamic and vibrant research environment in the Carnegie School of Sport.  The quality of the Carnegie School of Sport research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism). 

Projects

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Exercise interventions in early rheumatoid arthritis: From physiological responses to training interventions (Reference: Carnegie AL1)

Despite significant pharmacological advances, Rheumatoid Arthritis still leads to significant functional impairment, loss of independence and reduced life expectancy. In recent years, we and others have demonstrated that exercise improves overall health without worsening disease activity. The intended project, will combine cutting edge methodologies and translational applications of the findings, to establish the acute effects and the chronic adaptations of exercise on localised and systemic markers of inflammation, pain and functional capacity.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Antonios Stavropoulos Kalinoglou
Email A.Stavropoulos@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 4298

Exercise and nutritional interventions to improve appetite regulation, body composition and muscle function in older adults (Reference: Carnegie AL2)

Older adults commonly experience reductions in muscle mass and strength, which increases the risk of falls and reduces quality of life. Achieving optimal protein and energy intakes is essential to counteract these physical changes but this is often compromised by diminished appetite in older adults. This project will investigate novel exercise-nutrient interactions to increase appetite, muscle mass and physical function in this population. Essential amino acid supplementation and exercise training will be optimised to extend preliminary findings that supplementation alone can increase lean tissue mass and physical function, as well as increasing energy intake under resting conditions in older adults.

For general enquiries please contactDr Kevin Deighton
EmailK.Deighton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone0113 812 3582
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An examination of the role of grassroots football clubs, projects and communities in instigating positive social change for Refugees and Asylum seekers (Reference: Carnegie DEI1)

With a clear theme of ‘sport migration and diasporic communities’, this timely work investigates the role grassroots football projects play in addressing the current ‘refugee crisis’. It will explore how grassroots football projects disrupt dominant political discourses by actively putting the ‘Refugees Welcome’ message into practice. 

It is anticipated that the researcher will utilise pre-established links with key stakeholders such as Yorkshire St. Pauli, United Glasgow FC and Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD). This original project adds to the internationally recognised work of the research centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett University.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Aarti Ratna
Email A.Ratna@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 3803

Challenging heteronormativity, homophobia and transphobia in PE: learning from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth (Reference: Carnegie DEI2)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are at risk of prejudice, bullying and discrimination in schools, resulting in poorer health outcomes and lower levels of physical activity engagement than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Physical education (PE), as an embodied and gendered subject, is identified as a particular ‘hotspot’ for discrimination for young people (Drury, et al, 2017). Yet, little contemporary research centralises LGBT young people’s experiences.  The proposed study will draw on queer and feminist theories to address the gap in existing research about the impact of sexuality and gender identity on young LGBT people’s experiences of PE.  

The proposed research study will extend existing research approaches within the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) research centre that centralise the voices of young people by working with them (as opposed to researching on them), acknowledging them as active in the construction of their own curricula and pedagogical experiences. The project will complement a growing body of research within PE that is adopting innovative methodological approaches to working with young people, whilst extending theoretical work addressing intersectional identities and power relations.

For general enquiries please contactDr Annette Stride
EmailA.Stride@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone0113 812 3547 
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Exploring the place and meaning of physical education and sport in the lives of care experienced young people (Reference: Carnegie SCOPE1)

In England there are around 70,440 children and young people in the care of local authorities. These care-experienced young people are seen as being at risk of a range of adverse social, educational and health outcomes (Sempik et al. 2008). There is however potential for curricular and extra-curricular physical activities to play a key role in care-experienced young people’s educational experiences and positive development (Quarmby, 2014; Quarmby & Pickering 2016). This study seeks to explore the place and value of physical education (PE) and sport in the lives of care-experienced young people, how it is given meaning by them in different contexts (e.g. in schools, the community, and Pupil Referral Units), and how all this contributes to their identity formation and understanding of themselves as embodied beings capable of making active choices about their health and welfare.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Thomas Quarmby
Email T.Quarmby@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 4703

In pursuit of coaching excellence: the long-term development of triathlon coaches in the UK (Reference: Carnegie SCOPE2)

Within the context of British Triathlon’s Tokyo 2020 ‘Coaching Excellence’ plan for coaching, this study will explore the developmental pathways and experiences that lead to excellent coaching. The research will focus primarily on children and performer development triathlon coaches i.e. beginners and coaches working with athletes beyond the beginner stage and who aspire to high/elite performance. It will examine issues such as effective coaching practice, and how coaches develop the resources to achieve this practice. Attention will be paid to social learning networks, mentoring, and formal coach education.

For general enquiries please contactDr Julian North 
EmailJ.North@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone0113 812 6244
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Movement efficiency and muscle-tendon function in the cycling and run legs of the Olympic distance Triathlon (Reference: Carnegie SP1)

There is little understanding of the behaviour of the triceps surae muscle-tendon complex in Triathlon or its comparability to athletes who specialise in cycling or running alone. Furthermore, despite that a number of factors related to energy supply, neuromuscular fatigue and running economy have been suggested as reasons for reductions in performance in the run leg of the race, there is currently no knowledge of the relationship between local neuro-mechanical cost and total energetic efficiency. The proposed research aims to identify factors at a global and mechanistic level that may be manipulated to improve Triathlon performance.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Athanassios Bissas
Email A.Bissas@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 3598

Performance and development characteristics of elite youth female soccer players (Reference: Carnegie SP2)

Research into the performance and development characteristics of elite youth male soccer players is vast, although comparatively limited information is available for female soccer players. Regional Talent Centres (RTCs) operate across England to facilitate and maximise the development of female soccer players. An evaluation of current performance and development characteristics is limited, which is needed to facilitate an evidence based practice for all stakeholders working with this cohort. As such the aim of this research project is to evaluate match demands, training loads, physical development trajectories and other associated factors in U10-U16 elite youth female soccer players.

For general enquiries please contactDr Stacey Emmonds
EmailS.Emmonds@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone0113 812 3274

Application process

  1. Applications should be submitted in writing to one of the research projects listed.
  2. Applicants should complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal using the criteria below as a guide.
  3. The research proposal can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the four-page proposal) using type Arial 12 point.
  4. Applicants should include the research project reference (e.g.  Reference: Carnegie SCOPE2) and the project title at the top of the research proposal.
  5. Applicants should use the research project reference as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE STUDENTSHIPS IN SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LEISURE IS MIDNIGHT ON 22 MAY 2017.

Interviews for the studentships will take place the week commencing 17 July 2017.

Read more information on the application process

For all enquiries regarding the application process please contact:

Email: researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5375

Overseas Applicants
Prospective students from outside of the UK and EU who wish to apply to study at Leeds Beckett University will be required to make up the difference annually between the UK/EU fees to be paid by the University of £4,121 and overseas’ fees of £11,800. The fee difference must be paid prior to starting. Overseas applicants must refer to the UKBA regulations on studying in the UK and contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

Selection Criteria

The criteria listed below will be used in selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a PhD 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/MPhil in the chosen area of research.
  4. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature.
  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the duration of the studentship.  
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