MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health Full-Time Fee Waiver Bursary

Prince William visiting Everton Veterans Hub as part of his Heads Up Campaign.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 a fully funded fees (UK/EU) bursary for an appropriately qualified candidate wishing to pursue research linked to the Everton Veterans Hub (EVH) sport and mental health programme whilst studying for a full-time postgraduate degree.

Supported by Knowsley Council and funded by the Big Lottery, EVH 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. Recently visited by Prince William as part of his Heads Up Campaign, the programme involves various activities, including:

  • one-to-one information, advice and guidance sessions enabling participants to develop a Personal Action Plan (PAP)
  • weekly coffee mornings providing informal opportunities for participants to meet other ex-service personnel and develop social connections and bonding
  • weekly physical activity sessions including football, exercise sessions and walking groups
  • personalised education and employment activities and signposting to ex-forces specific organisations to support with housing, debt management, unemployment and substance misuse
  • bi-weekly sessions at HMP Altcourse to engage veterans currently serving prison sentences to determine exit strategies and personal action plans linked to health and wellbeing, education, housing, employment and civilian integration upon release.

The award is available for September 2020 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 linked to EVH and disseminate knowledge of its impact on the mental health of ex-service personnel and their families with other local, national and international organisations
  • play an active role in programme activities across its delivery sites
  • play an active role in the development of monitoring, evaluation and impact-related activities linked to EVH
  • assist in the development and management of external partnerships focused on supporting ex-service personnel and their families
  • obtain valuable work-related experience of sport and mental health programmes
  • 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 experience and suitability for the position as part of the application process. Short-listed candidates will also be required to attend interview and apply for the MSc programme before any appointment is made.

Informal enquiries about the Everton Veterans Hub may be directed to

When completing their personal statement, applicants are encouraged to consult the Everton Veterans Hub 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 (

Closing date for the submission of personal statements/applications is 5pm on Thursday 30 July 2020. Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Andy Smith.

Interviews will be held virtually and are scheduled to take place on Friday 7 August 2020.