Wednesday, February 04, 2015

PHD: Use of Performance Analysis in Elite Sport - Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

PhD Research Studentship: The Use of Performance Analysis in Elite Sport: An Ethnography of Practice
Manchester Metropolitan University, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cheshire and Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding Amount:  £13,863 p.a. tax-free bursary plus tuition fees (£3998 p.a.)
Hours: Full Time for 3 Years
Placed on: XX/XX/XX
Appointment: Interview and presentation date Wednesday the 25th February
Applications are invited for the above joint funded studentship based at Crewe in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at MMU’s Cheshire Faculty working in conjunction with the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The PhD provides a unique opportunity to work with elite performance sports within the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
The EIS, a grant funded organisation, is a nationwide network of support centres designed to foster the talents of English elite athletes – increasing their potential for medal success. Working hand-in-hand with elite performers and coaches, the performance analysis department supports the development and performance of elite athletes both towards and during competition. As part of this support programme, the performance analysis department use video-based feedback across a range of sports to support the athletes and coaches.
In further understanding the development of support systems towards Rio 2016 and beyond, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to investigate the use of video-based performance analysis across a range of key EIS sports. The specific aims of this research programme are to explore: (1) the coaches’ use of video-based feedback; (2) the athletes’ experiences of receiving video-based feedback; and (3) the coach-athlete interactions in video-based feedback sessions across a range of EIS supported sports.
The project involves collecting data through qualitative research methods (e.g., interviews, observations, and field notes) to address these research aims. Whilst based primarily at the Cheshire Faculty at MMU, it is expected that the successful candidate will divide their time between the Cheshire Faculty at MMU and at the EIS support centres in Manchester.
Applicants should have a good first degree in sport, education, sociology or a related discipline (2:1 or 1st). A masters degree within sport, education, or sociology would be desirable. In addition, applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills, as well as confidence in academic writing and qualitative research methods. Applicants should have a strong interest in sport and social science, although specific technical expertise in sports performance analysis is not required for this programme of research.
To be considered please submit an academic CV, a  500 word statement outlining your suitability for the post, and a 1000 words (max) research proposal addressing the specific aims of this research project to Dr Ryan Groom ( Informal enquires should be made to Dr Ryan Groom at the same email address.
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