Sports Studies - PhD scholarship

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2014 PhD Scholarship (muscle force fluctuations)


A model of an innervated muscle-tendon complex to examine changes in isometric muscle force fluctuations with ageing, training and fatigue

Voluntary muscle force output typically fluctuates and the functional consequence is that the smoothness of movement trajectories may be altered, with consequences for end point accuracy and trajectory repeatability.  Analysing the structure of the fluctuations in force allows insight into the dynamics of muscle contraction processes, and into the control of movement.  The purpose of this project is to simulate muscle contraction to allow purported explanations of changes in the structure of muscle force records with ageing, training and fatigue to be examined.  It is anticipated that this will provide important information about how the quality of muscle contraction changes with these effects.


Requirements

The successful PhD candidate will require the necessary academic credentials and skills to be able cope with PhD level study.  Whilst there will be strong leadership from the supervisory team, working on their own initiative is a required skill.  The successful scholarship candidate will have a keen interest in human movement.  It is essential that applicants demonstrate some post-GCSE mathematics experience.  Some experience in programming is desirable.

Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.  Appropriate subjects are considered to be Sport and Exercise Science with a clear specialisation in Biomechanics (indicated by dissertation title and transcript of modules taken), Computing, Engineering, Physics or Mathematics.  A Masters in a relevant subject is desirable. More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr. Samantha Winter (S.L.Winter@kent.ac.uk [1]).  Note that the project will be co-supervised by Dr Dominique Chu (D.F.Chu@kent.ac.uk [2]) of the School of Computing.


Funding Details

The School of Sport & Exercise Sciences is offering one Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA).  Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University.

The GTA will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils £13,726 in 2013-14.

The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, and extended to a maximum of three years in total subject to satisfactory academic performance at the end of the first year.


How to Apply

Applications to the University of Kent should be completed on-line [3]

Applicants should also send a CV and covering letter to: Nicola Johnson, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent at Medway, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG.  A hard copy of these can be sent by mail or a scanned copy can be sent to (N.S.Johnson@kent.ac.uk [4]).

The closing date for applications is the 31 January 2014 with interviews to be held week commencing 24 February 2014.

Please visit our website [5]for more information on the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences:


2014 PhD Scholarship (2012 Paralympic Games legacies)


A mixed methods research on the Sport Participation Legacies of the 2012 Paralympic Games

Dr. Sakis Pappous invites applications for a full-time PhD Scholarship award in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils £13,726 in 2013-14. This will be offered for one year (renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance).

Graduate Teaching Assistants are registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University.

The basic component of this research will focus on the impact of the 2012 Paralympic Games in increasing grass root participation in disability sport.  The results of this study will help create guidelines based on lessons learned from London 2012 for future organizers of Paralympic Games (Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020).

The literature that specifically focuses on Paralympic Games and the effect that they can have on the development of grass root disability sport in the host country is sparse. Hence the purpose of this PhD project will be to address the London 2012 Paralympic sport participation Legacy by evaluating different aspects of the legacy relating to health, mass grass root participation and disability sport. Among the research questions that will be addressed are the following:

  • Did the London 2012 Paralympic Games managed to inspire a new generation of disabled people to engage in sport?
  • What where/are the key elements that lead to the success/failure of achieving a sport participation legacy for disability sport?

The project will be a multi-disciplinary study using a mixture of quantitative/qualitative research methods and primary and secondary data. More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr.Sakis Pappous (ap414@kent.ac.uk [6]).


Criteria
  • The successful candidate will require the necessary academic credentials and skills to be able cope with PhD level study. Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.  A Master's in a relevant subject is desirable.
  • Whilst there will be strong leadership from the supervisory team, working on your own initiative will be a required skill.
  • The successful candidate will have a keen interest in health psychology and/or sport management-policy and/or the social aspects of physical activity participation.

How to apply
  • Submit an application for a PhD place at the University of Kent [7].
  • Send a CV and covering letter to: Nicola Johnson, School SSES, University of Kent at Medway, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG. A hard copy of these can be sent by mail or a scanned copy can be sent to (N.S.Johnson@kent.ac.uk [8]).

  • Deadline

    Wednesday 19 February 2014

    Interviews will be held week commencing 10 of March 2014.


    2014 50th Anniversary PhD Scholarship (EHV positive athletes)


    Diagnosis and Treatment of Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperpnoea (EVH) Positive Athletes

    Dr. John Dickinson invites applications for a full-time PhD Scholarship award. One Graduate Training Assistantship (GTA) is available, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils £13,726 in 2013-14.

    The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance. Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants are registered students in receipt of a scholarship and employees of the University.

    The basic component of this research will be to investigate the impact on airway health and sporting performance from appropriately treating Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperpnoea (EVH) positive athletes with no previous history of asthma or exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB).

    The Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperpnoea (EVH) challenge is regarded as the gold standard for diagnosing EIB in athletes. A positive EVH challenge demonstrates the individual has the potential to experience EIB during or after exercise. Many athletes have a positive EVH challenge when they have no previous history of asthma or EIB. There is limited data available to inform whether EVH positive athletes with no previous history of asthma or EIB will benefit from appropriate inhaler therapy to treat EIB during/after exercise.

    The PhD scholarship will investigate whether treating EVH positive athletes with appropriate inhaler therapy and nutritional supplementation improves airway health and sports performance. The investigations will also challenge the criteria used to establish a positive EVH challenge.

    The findings from this PhD scholarship will directly inform the management of respiratory disease in athletes.

    More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr. John Dickinson (J.W.Dickinson@kent.ac.uk [9]).


    Criteria
    • The successful PhD candidate will require the necessary academic credentials and skills to be able cope with PhD level study.
    • Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.  A Master's in a relevant subject is desirable.
    • Whilst there will be strong leadership from the supervisory team, working on their own initiative will be a required skill. The successful scholarship candidate will have a keen interest in sports performance and exercise respiratory physiology.
    • A minimum requirement for this post would be an awareness of exercise performance tests and indirect airway challenges.

    How to apply
  • Submit an online application for a PhD place at the University of Kent [10].
  • Send a CV and covering letter to: Nicola Johnson, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent at Medway, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG. A hard copy of these can be sent by mail or a scanned copy can be sent to N.S.Johnson@kent.ac.uk [11].

  • Deadline

    Friday 31 January 2014

    Interviews will held week commencing 24 February 2014.


    2014 PhD Scholarship (Specialist cancer rehabilitation)


    Evaluation of a new pilot scheme providing specialist cancer rehabilitation exercise sessions

    Dr. Sakis Pappous invites applications for a full-time PhD Scholarship award in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). Graduate Teaching Assistants are both registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University.

    The GTA will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils £13,726 in 2013-14). The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.

    The basic component of this research project will be an evaluation of the service delivery of a new cancer rehabilitation service in an applied setting and to assess the impact of exercise on the physical health and quality of life measures of cancer patients who use the service.

    Medway Public Health Directorate and Medway Council have implemented a successful exercise referral programme which is widely used by primary care to support patients becoming more active. A new pilot scheme is being developed to extend the existing service to provide specialist cancer rehabilitation exercise sessions, and is a collaboration between Medway Public Health Directorate and Macmillan Cancer Support charity. The cancer rehabilitation initiative has a steering group comprising representatives from SSES, the local NHS, Macmillan, a health professionals and patients.

    Extending the existing exercise referral service to cancer patients has been achieved through a dedicated Macmillan Physical Activity Instructor. The Macmillan Physical Activity Instructor is delivering specific classes and gym programmes for patients undergoing treatment, or post-cancer treatment. 

    The overall aim of the proposed service is to introduce cancer patients and cancer survivors to opportunities for physical activity and therefore improve their general health/wellbeing, promote recovery from cancer, slow disease progression and reduce the likelihood of re-occurrence. An additional aim is to improve access to supported exercise for cancer patients and ensure that healthcare professionals have the confidence in the service to refer their patients. This will partly be achieved by providing a safe service delivered by a trained and accredited professional associated with Macmillan.

    The project will be a multi-disciplinary study using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

    More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr. Sakis Pappous (ap414@kent.ac.uk [12]).


    Criteria
    • A minimum requirement for this post would be an awareness of exercise and quality of life issues for clinical groups, along with a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject. A Master's in a relevant subject is desirable.
    • The successful PhD candidate will require the necessary academic credentials and skills to be able cope with PhD level study.
    • Whilst there will be strong leadership from the supervisory team, working on their own initiative will be a required skill.
    • An interest and/or experience of working with cancer patients, or other chronic diseases/illnesses would be an advantage, along with outcome evaluation experience within an NHS, research, or charity environment.
    • The successful candidate will have demonstrable skills in analysing psychometric data as well as an interest in mixed methods research.

    How to apply
  • Apply online for a PhD place at the University of Kent [13].
  • Send a CV and covering letter to: Nicola Johnson, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent at Medway, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG. A hard copy of these can be sent by mail or a scanned copy can be sent to (N.S.Johnson@kent.ac.uk [14]).

  • Deadline

    Friday 31 January 2014

    Interviews will be held week commencing 11 February 2014.


    2014 Taught MSc Scholarship (1)


    The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is pleased to offer scholarships of £500 towards tuition fees, for selected University of Kent 2014 first-class honours graduates who register on a School of Sport and Exercise Science MSc programme starting in September 2014.


    Criteria
    • Candidates must hold a first-class honours degree from Kent, graduating in 2014.
    • Current Kent home/EU and overseas candidates are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
    • Any offer of a scholarship will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory academic transcript, references and personal statement.

    How to apply
  • Submit an online application for one of the School’s taught Master’s programmes [15].
  • Send an email to sportsciences@kent.ac.uk [16] including your contact details, postgraduate application number and information about your current or expected qualifications. Please use 'MSc Taught Scholarship (1)' as the subject line for your email.

  • Deadline

    There is no closing date, however students are encouraged to apply early.


    2014 Taught MSc Scholarship (2)


    The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is pleased to offer scholarships of £500 for one year. These are open to full-time home/EU or overseas fee-paying applicants who are accepted to study on one of our MSc programmes in September 2014.
    The successful applicants will be expected to act as ‘ambassadors’ for the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences and to assist with promoting the School.  This will involve attending open /UCAS days and being featured in, or writing for, the School’s Newsletter.


    Criteria
    • Applicants must have received, and accepted, an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate degree in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences for 2014-15.
    • Full-time UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.
    • Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first class honours degree, or equivalent.

    How to apply

    Send an email to to sportsciences@kent.ac.uk [17], including the items below. Please use 'MSc Taught Scholarship (2)' as the subject line for your email.

    • your name
    • your postgraduate application number or student ID number
    • your CV
    • a covering letter addressing “Why I wish to pursue my chosen postgraduate degree at Kent and how I could promote the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences”.

    Deadline

    Monday 30 June 2014

    Successful applicants will be informed by the end of July 2014.

    For further information please contact the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences: sportsciences@kent.ac.uk [18]



    2014 PhD Scholarship (muscle force fluctuations)


    A model of an innervated muscle-tendon complex to examine changes in isometric muscle force fluctuations with ageing, training and fatigue

    Voluntary muscle force output typically fluctuates and the functional consequence is that the smoothness of movement trajectories may be altered, with consequences for end point accuracy and trajectory repeatability.  Analysing the structure of the fluctuations in force allows insight into the dynamics of muscle contraction processes, and into the control of movement.  The purpose of this project is to simulate muscle contraction to allow purported explanations of changes in the structure of muscle force records with ageing, training and fatigue to be examined.  It is anticipated that this will provide important information about how the quality of muscle contraction changes with these effects.


    Requirements

    The successful PhD candidate will require the necessary academic credentials and skills to be able cope with PhD level study.  Whilst there will be strong leadership from the supervisory team, working on their own initiative is a required skill.  The successful scholarship candidate will have a keen interest in human movement.  It is essential that applicants demonstrate some post-GCSE mathematics experience.  Some experience in programming is desirable.

    Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.  Appropriate subjects are considered to be Sport and Exercise Science with a clear specialisation in Biomechanics (indicated by dissertation title and transcript of modules taken), Computing, Engineering, Physics or Mathematics.  A Masters in a relevant subject is desirable. More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr. Samantha Winter (S.L.Winter@kent.ac.uk [1]).  Note that the project will be co-supervised by Dr Dominique Chu (D.F.Chu@kent.ac.uk [2]) of the School of Computing.


    Funding Details

    The School of Sport & Exercise Sciences is offering one Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA).  Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University.

    The GTA will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils £13,726 in 2013-14.

    The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, and extended to a maximum of three years in total subject to satisfactory academic performance at the end of the first year.


    How to Apply

    Applications to the University of Kent should be completed on-line [3]

    Applicants should also send a CV and covering letter to: Nicola Johnson, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent at Medway, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG.  A hard copy of these can be sent by mail or a scanned copy can be sent to (N.S.Johnson@kent.ac.uk [4]).

    The closing date for applications is the 31 January 2014 with interviews to be held week commencing 24 February 2014.

    Please visit our website [5]for more information on the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences: