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PhD Studentship - A Social Identity Approach to Analysing the Social and Mental Well-being Outcomes of a Movement-based Intervention in Primary Schools

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Management

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 2nd September 2019
Closes: 29th September 2019

Lead Supervisor name: Dr. Daniel Lock

This PhD is a collaboration between Bournemouth University and Stormbreak, a charitable organisation, looking to change approaches to sport and physical activity in primary schools. In this project, the successful candidate will use a social identity approach to analyse participation in, and leadership of, movement-based interventions in primary schools. Stormbreak ( seeks to embed forms of movement into the school day to achieve social (e.g., stronger relationships) and mental well-being (e.g., optimism) outcomes. In this project, the successful applicant will:

  • Investigate the social and mental well-being outcomes associated with children’s participation in Stormbreak
  • Explore the effect of (adult & youth) leadership on children’s social and mental well-being, and participation in Stormbreak

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 29 September 2019.

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