PhD Research Studentship

  • 7th July 2019

Employer: Cardiff Metropolitan University

Bursary: Three year bursary plus tuition fees

Closing date: 7 July 2019
Contract: Full Time


Project Title: Developing systems-based approaches to addressing population levels of physical inactivity. Applications are invited for this exciting opportunity to study in a contemporary project aimed at understanding more about systems-based approaches to addressing population level physical inactivity. This opportunity is a fully funded three-year PhD studentship at Cardiff Metropolitan University to begin in September 2019 with completion by August 2022. The main location for the successful candidate will be Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Project Description: In response to a global concern in population levels of physical inactivity, the World Health Organisation in 2018 launched the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA) ( This PhD seeks to understand how the implementation of GAPPA is taking place around the world, and how this learning can be utilised to support the promotion of physical activity in the UK and specifically in Wales. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach that uses mixed methods including quantitative and qualitative methods, policy and discourse analysis, the doctoral study aims to develop new knowledge about the implementation of systems-based approaches to support the public health agenda of physical inactivity.

Criteria: Applicants should hold an honours degree (minimum 2:1) and a postgraduate qualification in a related subject (for example, health promotion, public health, psychology/health psychology, exercise science, physical activity and health). The applicant will be primarily located in Cardiff Metropolitan University but expected to undertake data collection in and around Wales. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the necessary experience or potential to complete, successfully, a higher degree by research.

Supervisory Team: Supervisors: Professor Diane Crone and Dr Nicola Bolton (Cardiff Metropolitan University). Advisor: Dr Nick Cavill (Cavill Associates).

Application: Applicants should provide a personal statement (max 1000 words) outlining; (i) your experience in respect to this area of research; (ii) reasons for applying; and (iii) a brief outline of your initial thoughts on this area of doctoral research. Please do not submit a formal research proposal. Please send your personal statement and full CV to: Rachael Lusted (, Research and Enterprise Officer, Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 6XD. 

Please provide the name, address and status of two referees who are willing to provide a reference for you. One should be your present or most recent employer (unless you have not worked before) and one other who is able to describe your suitability for this studentship post. References are normally taken up when the candidate is invited for interview. 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Diane Crone:
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5th July 2019. Interviews for the post will be on 23rd July 2019.
Three-year bursary plus tuition fees (at EU/UK rate). Stipend amounts are in line with RCUK rates. For 2019/20 this is set at 15,009. For subsequent years, the doctoral stipend will match those outlined annually by the RCUK.

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