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Sport and Physical Activity – Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship

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All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on projects related to sport & physical activity are often housed in the Department of Sport & Physical Activity but there are many other areas of the University in which researchers working on particular social science projects may be based.

The research priorities for the Department of Sport and Physical Activity are continued increases in the volume of high-quality research outputs leading to societal research impact, postgraduate student and staff research development, and securing income to build research capacity.

We aim to realise these priorities through world-leading and internationally excellent research which aligns with thematic research strands in (i) Health, Wellbeing, and Welfare, (ii) Sport and Exercise Performance, and (iii) Professional Development and Practice. The multi- and inter-disciplinary research conducted within these strands is led by established researchers who oversee a diverse portfolio of research programmes encompassing work in settings including laboratories, schools, hospitals, sports clubs, and wider community and professional sport contexts.

We are seeking talented and motivated applicants whose research will contribute to the achievement of our research priorities. The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below. All students will be supported by a supervisory team with discipline-specific expertise. In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects to Prof. Matt Greig, by emailing [email protected] or calling 01695 584848.

Research themes

Movement Behaviours, Nutrition, Health & Wellbeing

  • Developing children’s 24-hour movement behaviours, health, and well-being through school-based initiatives
  • Professional development of physical education teachers’ pedagogical practices through collaborative use of technology

Sport and Mental Health

  • Place-based approaches to mental health promotion: Everton in the Community’s People’s Place hub
  • Promoting mental health through professional sports club community organisations
  • Mental health promotion for the professional and community sport workforce

Clinical, health & exercise Biomechanics

  • Identification of factors influencing functional recovery following joint replacement
  • Objective remote monitoring of function in patients undergoing joint replacement
  • Exploring the biomechanical efficacy of rehabilitation and activity guidelines following joint replacement

Football Science & Medicine

  • Analysis of in-game peak-periods in relation to physical performance, movement efficiency and injury risk.
  • Biomechanical methods to evaluate the efficacy of return to train/play criteria