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A social identity approach to analysing the social and mental well-being outcomes of a movement-based intervention in primary schools

Project Description

This PhD is a collaboration between Bournemouth University and Stormbreak, a charitable organisation, looking to change approaches to sport and physical activity in primary schools. In this project, the successful candidate will use a social identity approach to analyse participation in, and leadership of, movement-based interventions in primary schools. Stormbreak ( seeks to embed forms of movement into the school day to achieve social (e.g., stronger relationships) and mental well-being (e.g., optimism) outcomes for the children involved. In this project, the successful applicant will:

1. Investigate the social and mental well-being outcomes associated with children’s participation in Stormbreak
2. Explore the effect of (adult & youth) leadership on children’s social and mental well-being, and participation in Stormbreak

The successful applicant will work as part of a larger collaborative project between Bournemouth University and Stormbreak. Collaborative projects involve postgraduate students working closely with Stormbreak to provide academically rigorous insights into important problems faced by industry. More broadly, Stormbreak aims to involve schools, teachers, activity providers, pupils, parents, carers, and the wider community in research that seeks to develop evidence on the types of movement, activities, approaches, and leadership that are most likely to have a positive impact on children’s social and mental well-being. The project is designed to have specific impacts on industry practice and will shape future implementation of movement-based initiatives in schools.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

In addition to satisfying minimum entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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