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Swansea University College of Engineering Centenary Scholarship: Enhancing Well-Being and Mental Health Within The Performance Sport Setting

Swansea University - Sport and Exercise Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th January 2019
Closes: 31st January 2019

Subject areas: Sport and Exercise Sciences, Psychology, Mental Health

Start date: April 2019 

Project description: In response to the Duty of Care Review (2017) and Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015), Sport Wales has prioritised the development of an effective mental health strategy for their athletes and workforce (i.e., coaches and sport science / medical staff). To date, interventions designed to improve well-being and mental health within elite sport have often failed to focus on addressing stigma and / or enhancing help-seeking behaviours (Breslin et al., 2017). Furthermore, most interventions have only focused on athletes, despite the coaches, and sport science / medical teams also requiring support for their well-being and mental health. 

Accordingly, this project aims to examine the level of well-being and mental health among the performance athletes, coaches, and sport science / medical staff within Sport Wales, and ascertain the impact of the elite sporting environment on their mental health outcomes. Thereafter, it is intended that a theoretically-informed intervention will be devised and tested, that aims to encourage positive attitudes towards mental health, and help-seeking behaviours among that population.

As a result, the project is designed to establish best-practice for promoting positive well-being and mental health within the performance setting at Sport Wales. 

Due to its importance, this project has been designed with, and supported by, the Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS) who are funded by Sport Wales. 

Project supervisors: Dr Denise M Hill and Dr Camilla Knight

Dr Mikel Mellick (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Dr Paul Gorczynski (University of Portsmouth) will be external advisors.


Candidates should hold or expect to achieve a first class honours degree (or equivalent), in a relevant subject (Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Mental Health, or Health Promotion). Candidates who possess a postgraduate degree (i.e., MSc / MA) in a related subject area would be particularly welcome. 

The successful candidate will have a good theoretical knowledge of well-being and mental health, alongside an understanding / experience of the performance sport setting. A strong background in qualitative research methods / skills is also advantageous. 

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – 

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend for UK/EU candidates but tuition fees only for international candidates.

UK/EU candidates: The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,777. 

International candidates: The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees only. 

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

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