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Carnegie School of Sport Funded PhD Studentships

Fully Funded PhD Studentship in collaboration with Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club - Starting October 2018

Plus Icon Incidence and Consequence of Illness in Youth Rugby League Players

In collaboration with Leeds Rhinos Rugby League club we are pleased to invite applications for a full-time Studentships to study for a Doctor of Philosophy for a period of three years. Leeds Rhinos are the most successful rugby league team during the Super League era and have worked closely with Leeds Beckett University for a number of years. The research collaboration between Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Beckett University has produced world-leading research from a joint-funded team including a research fellow and eight PhD students, led by Professor Ben Jones. If you are an ambitious and enthusiastic high achieving student looking to study in a vibrant research environment while providing practical support to Leeds Rhinos Academy players, then join us by applying for a full-time bursary available within the Carnegie School of Sport. The successful candidates will undertake approximately 10-15 hours of practical support per week, alongside undertaking their PhD.

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). The School delivers international research excellence through its Research Centres one of which has a focus on Sports Performance. Staff within the Centre for Human Performance have been working within rugby and athlete development for several years exploring ways to optimise performance and talent development.

If you are successful, you will be expected to provide general sports nutrition support to Leeds Rhinos Academy (e.g., U19) and Scholarship (e.g., U16) players. As part of the coaching team, you will lead the education and individual support around nutrition, dietary practices and body composition support, as examples. This will be aligned to your research, which will build on recent work from the research group which has investigated dietary practices (e.g., Smith, Jones, Sutton, King, Duckworth, 2016, IJSNEM), and energy expenditure (e.g., Smith, King, Duckworth, Sutton, Preston, O’Hara, Jones, 2018, EJAP; Costello, Deighton, Preston, Matu, Rowe, Sawczuk, Halkier, Read, Weaving, Jones, 2018, EJAP) in this cohort. One consequence of suboptimal nutrition behaviours is illness, which may have short- and long-term effects on performance and career opportunities. To date, this has received little attention, thus your research should look to quantify the incidence and consequence of illness in academy and youth rugby league players. Your research should be innovative and aim to leave a legacy on the nutrition practices within rugby league. We are looking for a candidate with ambition to develop their academic and practical skills, with experience in both applied and laboratory research studies.

The Position will require flexible working hours, including evening and occasional weekend work. Candidates should have a strong applied research background and experience of providing sports science support to elite athletes. Professional qualifications are desirable for these position (or ability to obtain within 12-months) in addition to DBS disclosure.

Proposals can be discussed with the project lead; Professor Ben Jones (B.Jones@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) prior to application.

Candidates should complete the online application form including a clear research proposal

The closing date for applications is midnight on the 5th August

Interviews will take place week commencing 27th August 2018

Submit your application following the instructions in 'How to Apply'

General enquiries should be directed to Laura McMahon L.McMahon@leedsbeckett.ac.uk



***Project subject to external funding***

Plus Icon How to Apply

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic student who will fully engage in the dynamic and vibrant research environment offered by both universities. Applicants should have (or be near completion of) a Master’s degree and have a First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. In addition, applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills and experience of qualitative research methods.

Candidates should submit an application to Research Admissions (ResearchAdmisions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) including the following:

  • Please provide an outline of the research to be undertaken using the criteria below as a guide. 
  • Scanned copies of your degree certificates (e.g. undergraduate or masters degree certificates) and transcripts.
  • Scanned copies of your English language requirements.
  • Scanned copies of your passport and previous UK visas if applicable.

Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a proposal of the research to be undertaken using the headings 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 and including bibliography) 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 (SPORTLR1) as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.
  • Please use the Harvard style for your references. 


If English is not your First Language


We will require evidence that you have the necessary language skills to fulfil the requirements of the award

  • You will need to provide evidence of a minimum International English Language Testing System Grade 7.0 (IELTS 7.0) with no individual sub-score below 6.5
  • In the instances where a student does not have an IELTS, we will consider TOEFL iBT or Pearsons PTE as equivalent qualifications.IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearsons PTE are the only accepted English language qualifications we accept
  • If you have successfully completed a UK Bachelors (first or 2.1) or UK Masters degree, in the two years before entry, this will suffice for the English language requirements
  • If you completed your UK degree over two years ago, you will still need to demonstrate your English Language by taking an IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearsons PTE test

 What happens once I submit my application?

So that your application is dealt with quickly please ensure you send all the required documents.

The Graduate School will contact candidates invited for interview by email from 17th August 2018.

 

Plus Icon Criteria for Shortlisting

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. Experience of providing sports science / strength and conditioning to elite athletes

  2. Research context: A brief overview of the general area of study and current state of knowledge.

  3. Research questions: The central aims and questions that will guide your research and the approach you plan.

  4. Significance of your research: An explanation of the importance and originality of your research.

  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research:  In terms of delivery within the appropriate timeframes of the award.

  6. Bibliography: A summary of the most relevant works for your topic.

  7. You must use SPORTLR1 in the email subject line when submitting applications
Plus Icon Funding, Duration and Location

Each studentship will have:

An annual stipend of £14,777(pro-rata in 12 monthly payments).The stipend is exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance.

A tuition fee waiver

Length of Studentship

The PhD studentship is for a period of 3 years full-time study. Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress.

The successful applicants will be based full-time at our Headingley Campus, Leeds with the expectation to travel to clubs in the surrounding area.

The studentship start date is 1st October 2018

Successful candidates will attend a University Induction Day on 12th October at Leeds Beckett University

The Induction Programme will be sent in advance of the start date

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Students from Outside of the UK and EU

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 £4,260 and overseas fees of £12,500.

The fee difference must be paid prior to starting. Overseas applicants must refer to the UKVI regulations on studying in the UK and therefore contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk - telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

Plus Icon Contact Us

I have a question. Who can help? 

For advice on the application process or to submit your completed application contact the Graduate School
Researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)113 812 5375

General enquiries to the Carnegie School of Sport Office S.Sherman@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)113 812 6293

For more information please check Carnegie School of Sport website 

Masters by Research Funded by Elite Kids Coaching - Starting September 2018

Carnegie School of Sport Sponsored Research Studentships, in collaboration with The Rugby Football League - Starting October 2018

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In January 2018, The Rugby Football League (RFL) established the England Performance Unit (EPU), with the aim of developing more world-class England players and winning the Rugby League World Cup. Within the EPU, research will be used to innovate and drive current and future practices. In collaboration with the RFL and EPU we are pleased to invite applications for three full-time Studentships to study for a Doctor of Philosophy for a period of three years, while also providing practical support within the EPU. This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic high achieving student looking to undertake a PhD in a vibrant research environment while working within an International rugby league performance unit (academy, youth, wheelchair, women teams). The successful candidates will spend approximately (the equivalent of) 2 days per week in the EPU and 3 days per week undertaking their PhD. If this opportunity excites you, then join us by applying for a full-time bursary available within 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). The School delivers international research excellence through its Research Centres one of which has a focus on Sports Performance. Staff within the Centre for Human Performance have been working within rugby and athlete development for several years exploring ways to optimise performance and talent development.

Candidates should complete the online application form including a clear research proposal

The closing date for applications is midnight on the 5th August

Interviews will take place week commencing 27th August 2018

Submit your application following the instructions in 'How to Apply'

General enquiries should be directed to Laura McMahon L.McMahon@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 


The research projects are;

THE DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A HOLISTIC RUGBY LEAGUE PERFORMANCE PROFILING AND MONITORING SYSTEM

If you are successful, you will be expected to provide general sports science support across England programmes (e.g., load monitoring, performance profiling, performance analysis, progressive and innovative data analysis and insights). Your research should develop and evaluate a holistic performance profiling and monitoring system, to support the EPU in understanding What it takes to win. Your research should be innovative and aim to leave a legacy on the talent identification, development, coaching and other practices within rugby league. The research project should aim to evaluate data that currently exists (e.g., Opta, GPS) in addition to sourcing and collating information that exists within rugby league (e.g., Delphi method). We are looking for candidate with applied sports science research experience. Experience in data science / statistical analysis would also be beneficial.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RUGBY LEAGUE ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

If you are successful, you will be expected to provide general strength and conditioning support across England programmes (e.g., delivering warm ups, supervising gym session, proving specific field-based coaching and conditioning sessions). Your project should progress recent research (e.g., Dobbin, Hunwicks, Highton & Twist, 2017, JSCR; Till, Scantlebury & Jones, 2017 Sports Med), and develop a Rugby League Athletic Development Framework. You will undertake the physical testing of players and also focus on the practical applications and how coaches can implement physical development strategies. Your research will support the EPU in understanding their England Heart Beat strategy from a Physical Perspective. Your research should be innovative and aim to leave a legacy on the physical development practices within rugby league. We are looking for a candidate with experience in strength and conditioning research and fitness testing.

INJURY RISK AND REDUCTION STRATEGIES IN ACADEMY RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYERS

If you are successful, you will be expected to provide general sports science and/or strength and conditioning support across England programmes (aligned to your expertise and experiences). The injury risk within the Super League has been established (Fitzpatrick, Naylor, Myler, Robertson, 2018, J Sci Med Sport) although published data on academy and youth players does not exist. You should aim to implement a league-wide injury surveillance system and measure other related variables. The PhD should then look to implement and evaluate injury reduction strategies (e.g., Hislop, Stokes, Williams, McKay, England, Kemp, Trewartha, 2017, BJSM). Research should be innovative and aim to leave a legacy within rugby league. We are looking for a candidate with experience in data management and participant engagement. Experience in data science / statistical analysis would also be beneficial.

 All PhD students should work collaboratively, and data may be shared between projects. Candidates should be innovative, creative and ambitious, while also being well organised and highly motivated.

Positions will require flexible working hours, including evening and occasional weekend work. Candidates should have a strong applied research background and experience of providing sports science / strength and conditioning support to elite athletes. Professional qualifications (e.g., UKSCA / BASES) are desirable for this position (or ability to obtain within 6-months) in addition to DBS disclosure.

Proposals can be discussed with the overall project lead; Professor Ben Jones (b.jones@leedsbeckett.ac.uk). Practical expectations can be discussed with the RFL Lead of Human Performance Chris Black (human.performance@rfl.co.uk). Specific research project can be discussed with; Dr Kevin Till (k.till@leedsbeckett.ac.uk – Project 2), Dr Jason Tee (j.c.tee@leedsbeckett.ac.uk – Project 3).
Plus Icon Criteria for Shortlisting

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. Experience of providing sports science / strength and conditioning to elite athletes

  2. Research context: A brief overview of the general area of study and current state of knowledge.

  3. Research questions: The central aims and questions that will guide your research and the approach you plan.

  4. Significance of your research: An explanation of the importance and originality of your research.

  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research:  In terms of delivery within the appropriate timeframes of the award.

  6. Bibliography: A summary of the most relevant works for your topic.

  7. You must use CARRSC01 in the email subject line when submitting applications
Plus Icon Funding Duration and Location

Each studentship will have:

An annual stipend of £14,777(pro-rata in 12 monthly payments).The stipend is exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance.

A tuition fee waiver

Length of Studentship

The PhD studentship is for a period of 3 years full-time study. Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress.

The successful applicants will be based full-time at our Headingley Campus, Leeds with the expectation to travel to clubs in the surrounding area.

The studentship start date is 1st October 2018

Successful candidates will attend a University Induction Day on 12th October at Leeds Beckett University

The Induction Programme will be sent in advance of the start date

Plus Icon 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 £4,260 and overseas fees of £12,500.

The fee difference must be paid prior to starting. Overseas applicants must refer to the UKVI regulations on studying in the UK and therefore contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk - telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

Plus Icon Contact Us

I have a question. Who can help? 

For advice on the application process or to submit your completed application contact the Graduate School
Researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)113 812 5375

General enquiries to the Carnegie School of Sport Office S.Sherman@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)113 812 6293

For more information please check Carnegie School of Sport website 

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