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Developing feasible ways of promoting children’s healthy eating at holiday clubs

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

About the Project

Reference code: SSEHS/CLJM
Campus: Loughborough
Closing date of advert: 1st August 2021
Start date: January 2021, April 2021, July 2021
Full-time/part-time availability: Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
Fee band: Band RB (UK/EU: 4,407; international: £22,350)

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Project detail:
Food insecurity has become increasingly prevalent, resulting in many children living on a restricted diet with poor variety. The school holidays are a particularly high-risk time, when children can experience holiday hunger due to a lack of free-school meals and a greater demand on family resources.

In response to these complex issues, holiday clubs have emerged, some of which are funded by the Department for Education, whilst others are funded by charities. These clubs address food poverty issues for children living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage. These clubs are in a prime position to promote healthy eating among children who have otherwise limited experiences with food. However, our previous research suggests that programmes may not be maximising these opportunities.
This PhD aims to explore (1) what evidence-based methods of promoting healthy eating can be integrated into holiday clubs; (2) how is it most feasible to integrate new methods of promoting healthy eating into holiday clubs; and (3) how effective are these methods at promoting healthy eating among attending children?

This exciting programme of research provides an opportunity to work at the forefront of public health and to have real-world impact by improving health opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities.

Entry requirements:
An undergraduate degree in Psychology would be preferable, but other degrees relating to health could also be considered.
A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Psychology, Health Psychology, Public Health, Nutrition, and others
English language requirements: Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the international website:

How to apply:
All applications should be made online:
Under school/department name, select ‘Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences’. Please quote reference SSEHS/CLJM.
The deadline for applications is 1st August 2021

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