Monday, February 25, 2013

PHD SCHOLARSHIPS: Edge Hill University (UK)

Edge Hill University 
PhD Studentships/Teaching Assistantships
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Twelve Graduate Teaching Assistantships/PhD Studentships

Edge Hill University is one of the fastest growing universities in the United Kingdom and has been providing higher education for over 125 years, based on an ethos of opportunity through excellence. The past five years have seen student applications double, turnover increase at a rate of around 20% per annum, and an investment of £130m on campus. Edge Hill is a dynamic and ambitious university with a clear sense of direction, and significant resources to invest in its future. It is currently ranked in the top 20 of the Sunday Times 75 Best Companies to work for in the Public Sector.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is home to a large and diverse group of disciplines with a track record of excellence in research, much of which crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. We are particularly keen to continue to build our research capacity, and welcome applications for up to 12 PhD studentships to be held in a range of subject areas across the Faculty. These will be combined with Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

The Studentships

Each studentship includes a full waiver of postgraduate tuition fees as well as free single room postgraduate student accommodation on campus, subject to availability, or a cash equivalent in lieu. GTAs will teach for up to six hours per week. An annual stipend in the region of £7,380 will be paid at monthly intervals. Research proposals are invited in the areas below. Applicants who would like to submit proposals on
other research topics are welcome to e-mail the contact listed in their subject area for informal discussion and advice.

Sport and Physical Activity
The Department of Sport and Physical Activity has a rapidly developing research culture built upon a combination of experienced academics and younger researchers. The applied skills and experiences of our internationally and nationally recognized staff both enhance our teaching provision and provide unique opportunities for those wishing to undertake research in the field of sport and physical activity. Research in the Department is centred around two clusters, including the Social Science of Sport and Research Group.

The Social Science of Sport Research Group is led by Professor Andy Smith and conducts internationally recognized research in the sociology of sport, sport policy, and sport development, with a particular focus on youth sport. The Group is currently undertaking applied research in these fields and works with a range of leading sporting organizations, including: Sport England, UK Sport, International Cricket Council Europe, Rugby Football League, Child Protection in Sport Unit, and the NSPCC

Research proposals are invited on the following:

  • The influence of an international volunteering programme on local sport-fordevelopment practice in Africa 
  • The legacy of School Sport Partnerships on participation in physical education and school sport 
  • The politics and policy of youth sport: clubs, coaches, and communities 
  • Youth sport, physical activity and health 
  • Prevention of sexual violence in sport 
  • Safeguarding and child protection in sport: policy and practice 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to:
Professor Andy Smith,
Further information about the application process is provided online at:

The Recruitment Process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview and asked to give a presentation related to their research proposal. Successful candidates at interview will be put forward to a final selection panel which will make the decision on the award of the 12 studentships. Candidates will not have to attend the final panel.
Please contact the Graduate School for an application form:

  • The closing date for all studentships is Friday 15 March 2013 
  • Interviews will be held between 15 April and 30 April 2013 
  • The final selection panel will meet in May

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