In collaboration with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), the Department of Sport and Physical Activity is pleased to offer four fully funded fees bursaries for appropriately qualified candidates wishing to pursue research in one of four areas whilst studying for a full-time postgraduate degree.
The bursaries are open to both Home and EU applications under the EU Settlement Scheme settled status and are eligible for the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programme commencing in September 2021.
Tackling Health Inequalities in Local Liverpool Neighbourhoods
Applicants are invited to propose a research project which investigates Everton in the Community’s Blue Mile work, especially that related to the many health problems experienced by residents in local care homes and their families. These include increasing social isolation, chronic loneliness, anxiety, depression and grief experienced by those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease who have been supported by the Neighbourhood Team. The project will build upon our existing research in this area and capture learning from the support provided to local residents during COVID-19, including as part of the Blue Family campaign.
Self-harm and Suicide Prevention in Young Women
Applicants are invited to propose a research project which investigates the increasing prevalence of self-harm (including non-suicidal self-harm) and suicide among young women (especially those under 20) which are becoming an increasingly important public health problem. The project should seek to generate new insight on potentially effective community-based suicide and self-harm prevention strategies by engaging with key stakeholders across the Liverpool City Region. The project will build upon insights from our ongoing suicide prevention work which support men and inform the development or a planned programme for young women.
Stand Together: Preventing Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults
Applicants are invited to propose a research project which develops our ongoing work supporting the physical and mental health of those aged 75 and over who experience social isolation, loneliness and associated health problems. In particular, the project should seek to support Stand Together, a project funded by the Premier League Community Fund. The project may wish to consider involving participants of the programme and/or their carers who engage in various activities. These activities include: sport-themed reminiscence workshops, local history tours, singing, bingo, arts and crafts and health screening.
Everton Veterans Hub: Supporting the Mental Health of Ex-Service Personnel
Supported by Knowsley Council and funded by the Big Lottery, Everton Veteran’s Hub is a needs-led programme for ex-service personnel and their families who live in the Liverpool City Region, and who are at risk of social isolation, poor mental health and loneliness. Applicants are invited to propose a research project which generates new insights on the effectiveness of EVH in addressing the mental health of participants (male and female), including through sport and other weekly activities provided as part of the programme.
Each award is available for September 2021 entry and will enable the successful candidate to:
- enrol full-time on the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programme, subject to meeting all normal entry criteria
- undertake applied research and valuable work experience linked to your area of interest with colleagues at EitC
- play an active role in the development of monitoring, evaluation and impact-related activities linked to your area of interest
- assist in the development and management of external partnerships focused on supporting community sport and mental health provision
- play an active role in programme activities across EitC delivery sites (where appropriate) and inform the development of EitC’s specialist mental health facility, The People’s Place
- be supported to pursue opportunities to publish their research in academic and other outlets.
How to apply
Candidates are required to complete a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words outlining their interest and experience of their chosen area of interest and proposed research ideas as part of the application process. Short-listed candidates will also be required to attend an interview and successfully apply for the MSc programme before any appointment is confirmed.
When completing their personal statement, applicants are encouraged to consult the Health and Wellbeing pages of the Everton in the Community website.
You may also wish to read about the longstanding partnership between Edge Hill University and Everton in the Community.
Further details of the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programme, including applicant entry criteria are available on our website.
Informal enquiries about the MSc programme and bursary should be directed by email to Professor Andy Smith at Andy.Smith@edgehill.ac.uk.
The closing date for the submission of personal statements/applications is 12 noon on Friday 16 July 2021 (BST). Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Andy Smith.
Interviews will be held virtually and are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 July 2021. These are fixed interview dates.