PhD Studentship Physical Literacy

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Cheltenham, ENGLAND
Deadline: 11 Aug 2019


PhD Studentship: Operationalising Physical Literacy: An Evaluation of a Coach Education Programme to Develop Knowledge and Confidence in Practitioners

Funding Amount: PhD studentship (Full Time for 3 years) plus annual bursary to cover research costs

Location: Oxstalls Campus

Closing Date: 08/11/2019

Interview Date: 15/11/2019

Reference: O134

This collaborative project between Sport England, the University of Gloucestershire and Oxford Brookes University aims to evaluate the impact of a coach education programme designed to increase the knowledge and confidence of teachers and coaches to deliver a bespoke programme (Boing) designed to support the physical literacy journey of young people.

A studentship (payment of full-time fees for 3 years, plus an annual bursary to support research costs incurred) is being offered as part of an external research grant from Sport England. The grant will support the development of a bespoke workshop designed to increase the confidence and knowledge of coaches and teachers in delivering physical literacy curricula (Boing). More details on the BOING project can be found at The project delivery and evaluation will take place over a two-year period and will be in collaboration with a number of sporting and physical activity organisations. The research student will become part of the evaluation team, working alongside colleagues to assess the impact and efficacy of the project whilst completing their PhD. Applications are invited for a three-year full-time research studentship to undertake this doctoral work. 

The studentship will be supervised by Professor Mark De Ste Croix, Dr Colin Baker and Mr Will Roberts (University of Gloucestershire).  It is anticipated that the position will commence 1st February 2020.

The School of Sport and Exercise would welcome applications from individuals who have the following qualifications, interests or experiences:

·         first or upper second class (or equivalent) degree in a related subject area (e.g. coach education, physical education, sports science, strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics);

·         demonstrable interests in coach education with some experience in this area an advantage

·         experience of working with external partners for data collection purposes.

·         familiarity of quantitative and qualitative data analysis including use of Excel, SPSS, NVivo

·         knowledge of the RE-AIM Framework is an advantage

Applications should be e-mailed directly to the post graduate research office ( ) before 11pm on the closing date and should include the following:

·         Current CV

·         A 2 page (maximum) supporting statement detailing your experience and suitability to complete a research degree in the specified topic area.

For further information about the nature of the position and the project please contact Will Roberts ( )

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