Supervisor – Dr Stuart Beattie
Project Details – Examining how and when self-efficacy may exert negative effects upon task engagement, effort and performance
Over the past eight years Dr Stuart Beattie (and colleagues) has been examining potential confounds in the self-confidence/efficacy literature. More recently, his attention has turned to examining the possible negative effects that self-efficacy may have upon performance. This PhD will further develop this line of research by examining under what circumstances self-efficacy can have a negative impact upon motivation and performance and what underlying mechanisms (interactive effects) play a part. This line of research will closely follow recent debates in the self-efficacy literature.
The successful candidate will normally have a First Class Honours Degree and/or a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline. The ability to work independently and enthusiastically with the support of a supervisor is essential. Knowledge of multilevel modelling (HLM) and regression techniques would be advantageous but not essential as full training will be provided. The successful candidate will also be expected to work with other PhD students and staff members within the Institute of Psychology of Elite Performance and receive free BASES SE supervision (if applicable).
Applications are accepted from UK/EU and International Scholars (additional fees must be covered by international applicants).
Value and Requirements
The holder of the PhD studentship will receive an annual maintenance grant of £12,000. Home/EU studentship holders do not pay fees. A conference grant of up to £400 per year will also be covered. Successful studentship applicants will be expected to supply around 100 hours per year of teaching/research assistance focused on a supervisor / research team as part of their development as an academic of the future.
The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences was founded in 1978. The School has excellent facilities and is situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Menai Straits and less than half an hour’s drive from the mountains of Snowdonia. The School is amongst the very best sport related subject departments in Britain. It is internationally renowned for the quality of its research and has some of the world’s leading researchers in Sport and Exercise Science. The School was placed in the top 10 in the UK for Sports Science in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise where 80% of our research activity was judged as international or world-leading. The School is well resourced for the scientific study of sport, health and exercise with an extensive range of laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. We are committed to the all-round academic and professional development of our research students.
Enquiries – Informal enquiries should be directed in the first instance to:
Dr Stuart Beattie
School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2PZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 383963
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The application deadline is 15 June, 2012. (Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview).
To apply, please complete an on-line University Postgraduate Application Form available at:
In addition to the application form and its requirements, applicants are required to provide:
Statement (100-500 words) on your relevant research skills (listing all your relevant skills, such as computer skills, relevant prior experience, the title and a brief description of your graduate study);
Detailed Research Proposal, requested by the on-line application form, please ensure that this is 500-1000 words and provide a brief literature review of the most recent research on the negative self-efficacy debate and future considerations.
Deadline – The on-line application form and accompanying documents must be submitted by 15 June, 2012