Closing date: 1 February 2018
Swansea University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study, available to start in October 2018. The following collaborative studentship is available in the Sport and Exercise Science pathway of the Wales DTP:
In collaboration with NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit: ‘Protecting the Health and Wellbeing of Children in Sport: The Role of Parents’ (working title)
Parents are fundamental to children’s sporting experiences and, through their involvement, have a substantial impact on children’s enjoyment, safety, and wellbeing. Unfortunately, there are increasing reports of negative or inappropriate parental involvement in sport in Wales. Such involvement from parents could result in a range of adverse effects for children (e.g., anxiety, depression, overtraining, injuries, eating disorders, inappropriate supplement use, and dropout from sport). Currently, while the consequences of negative parental involvement in sport are known, the reasons why parents in Wales are increasingly demonstrating such negative or inappropriate involvement are unknown. Identifying the factors that influence parental involvement in sport is a critical step to ensuring that effective strategies can be developed to enhance parental involvement and reduce the detrimental consequences for children. The aim of this PhD is to systematically examine the factors influencing parental involvement in youth sport in Wales. Further, this project will seek to identify and evaluate strategies used to optimise parents’ roles and engagement in sport.
Four research questions will be addressed using a range of qualitative methodologies. These questions are:
This project builds on 10 years of research examining parental involvement in sport, while providing the first insights into social and cultural influences specific to Wales. It complements on-going working between Dr. Knight and the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and will provide further evidence to underpin the practices and policies of the CPSU.
We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant. Swansea University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.
Research is at the core of Swansea University’s vision. We aim to foster research excellence across a broad range of subject areas, with internationally leading research staff informing all our teaching. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, showed that Swansea is now a top 30 research university, soaring up the leagues table to 26th in the UK from 52nd position in 2008.
These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named supervisor and / or the Swansea pathway contact for a discussion prior to applying. They are:
Supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pathway contact: Dr Camilla Knight
ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a ‘+3’ award.
Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.
Full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job, or a permanent part-time job, during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.
Studentship awards commence in October 2018 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.
A ‘1+3’ studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Master's in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A ‘+3’ studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).
To apply, please complete and return the following documents to email@example.com:
Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the specified time will not be accepted.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on 1 February 2018.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview; interviews are expected to take place in March 2018. After interview, a final shortlist of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2018.
Informal enquiries about these studentships are welcome, and should be directed to Dr Camilla Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org)