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PhD Studentship: Field Hockey - Optimising Sport Surfaces for Play Performance

Loughborough University - The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th June 2019
Closes: 4th August 2019
Reference: ABCE19/PF7

Reference number: ABCE19/PF7

Start date of studentship: 1 October 2019

Closing date of advert: 4 August 2019

Interview date: w/c 12 August 2019


Academic: Dr Paul Fleming & Dr Jon Roberts

Industry: Alastair Cox, Facilities & Quality Programme Manager FIH

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy.

The Sports Technology Institute houses the world’s leading Sports Engineering research group

Full Project Detail:

This PhD will give you the opportunity to make a significant contribution to ongoing international research to establish scientific benchmarking of the play performance of synthetic hockey fields and establish your future career as an expert in this field.

This studentship is part-funded by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is intended to support the development of future international standards for hockey surfaces worldwide. Through this collaboration you will have unique access to an international sports governing body, their network of contacts and wealth of expertise.

Elite-level hockey is currently played on water-based pitches, which are environmentally unsustainable in many countries; acceptable alternative surfaces are, therefore, required for future growth of the game. Your research will ideally provide new methods of player (and mechanical) field testing protocols to measure playability of current and future surfaces from the user’s perspective; new insights into the attributes of different playing surfaces and conditioning (i.e. watering); informing the sustainable development of future surface technologies and their regulation (such as dry fields).

You will have access to our world-leading sports facilities, advanced laboratories, international athletes, experienced academics and a community of peers working on related projects in support of other sports bodies.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline. A relevant master’s degree and/or relevant employment experience will be an advantage. A strong interest or/and experience in measuring player perception and/or experimental testing (field and laboratory) is desirable.

Funding information:

The studentship is for three years and is intended to start in October 2019. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year plus the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants. The project includes a budget for training, travel and IT support.

Contact details:

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr Paul Fleming
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 222616

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering.  

Please quote reference number: ABCE19/PF7

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