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Sport and Physical Activity – Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship

Researchers working on sport related projects are normally housed in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity.

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The research priorities for the EHU Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism REF Unit of Assessment are continued increases in the volume of high-quality research outputs, enabling and evidencing research impact, postgraduate student and staff research development, and applying for grant funding to build research capacity.

We aim to realise these priorities through world-leading research which aligns with multi-disciplinary research groups. Research groups are led by established researchers who oversee a diverse portfolio of research programmes that encompass work in a myriad of settings including laboratories, clinical and field 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 with additional research information on the research area webpages. All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

“As a PhD student, an important part of your journey is your relationship with your supervisors. It can make or mar you. It can inspire you or make you anxious for the rest of your journey.

I have been blessed with an amazing supervisory team who have been consistent in guiding, encouraging, supporting and directing me at every step of the way. They make my student experience enjoyable.

I am proud to say that they have given me wings to fly. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and I am thankful to each of them for their kindness and support.”

Aniekan Ekpenyong – PhD Postgraduate Researcher


Please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to Sport and Exercise Sciences to Professor Matt Greig, Graduate School research degree contact for sport and exercise Sciences, leisure and tourism, by emailing [email protected] stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

Match Funded GTA

Effects of sodium bicarbonate and/or sodium citrate on exercise performance in male and female cross fit athletes.

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Research themes

Health, Wellbeing, and Welfare Strand

Movement behaviours, nutrition, health & wellbeing

  • 24-hour movement behaviours and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Physical literacy and its promotion in schools and beyond
  • Youth physical activity and health promotion through muscular fitness activities
  • Developing sustainable whole-school approaches to physical activity, health, and wellbeing
  • Novel accelerometer metrics for describing physical activity behaviours

Mental health promotion and advancement

  • Mental health in community and/or professional sport
  • Sport, education and mental health 
  • Family-based sport, physical activity and mental health
  • Sports workers’ (such as coaches, athletes, support staff, officials, families) lives, health and wellbeing 
  • Player care and welfare in sport

Professional Development and Practice Strand

  • Coach education and development
  • Pedagogical practice and professional development in sport, physical education and/or exercise
  • Developing the future workforce in sport, physical education and/or exercise
  • Multidisciplinary team approaches to sport performance and wellbeing