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Creating Active Schools: Pennine Lancashire (CAS:PL) MRes Studentship


   Department of Sport and Physical Activity

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About the Project

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. 

Researchers working on sport related projects are normally housed in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. The project and studentship will be supervised by Professor Stuart Fairclough, Dr Mhairi MacDonald, and Dr Richard Tyler.

In collaboration with Together an Active Future (TaAF), a Sport England Local Delivery Pilot in Pennine Lancashire, and Active Lancashire we are pleased to offer a fee-waivered MRes studentship.

The CAS:PL project involves a collaborative network of professionals and practitioners that is being developed in Rossendale to embed child health and wellbeing through physical activity into all aspects of school life. The aim is for Pennine Lancashire schools in Rossendale to use the Creating Active Schools Framework (Daly-Smith et al., 2020) to develop whole-school physical activity approaches.

The MRes studentship will align to the CAS:PL project and will complement a separate project based in West Lancashire (CAS:WL). The MRes student will work closely with participating Rossendale schools and will develop their project on specific aspects of CAS:PL. The research will provide empirical evidence to inform the CAS:PL project through the 2022 – 23 academic year and beyond.

The research project

The CAS:PL project aims to apply the Creating Active Schools Framework (Daly-Smith et al., 2020) in clusters of Rossendale schools to develop whole-school physical activity approaches. The specific focus of each MRes project will be developed in partnership with the student, supervisors, schools, and CAS:PL steering group.

Benefits and opportunities

The successful applicant will be registered in the University’s Graduate School and hosted in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), 73% of our research submitted to the Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism unit was rated ‘world leading or internationally excellent’, and all our research impact activity (including sport, mental health and welfare) was judged to be of ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality. We are also in the top 15 in the UK for research power (THES, 2022).

The MRes postgraduate researcher (PGR) will have the opportunity to work with a range of partners representing physical education and school sport delivery (Rossendale Sport Partnership), Sport England Local Delivery Pilot (TaAF), and health and physical activity development (Active Lancashire).

Edge Hill University is “A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. You’ll be working for a multi award-winning institution that has been named Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and shortlisted for the overall UK University of the Year award. Edge Hill has also recently been awarded University of the Year in the Educate North Awards (2021) in recognition of our continued commitment to deliver an exceptional student experience and the exceptional progress we have made to deliver investment and innovation over the past 12 months, while placing students at the heart of everything we do.

The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

This collaborative MRes studentship offers opportunities to a committed and enthusiastic graduate with a passion for children’s physical activity and wellbeing, to develop their academic and research training with applied practice-based research in Rossendale schools.


Funding Notes

The studentship is open to appropriately qualified graduates. The tuition fees of £4400 are included in the studentship. In addition, a contribution towards travel expenses to/from East Lancashire is included. The MRes studentship is to be undertaken on a full-time basis to applicants with UK resident status or EU students with EU Settlement Scheme settled status.
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