Applications are invited for an exciting opportunity to undertake a fees funded two-year MPhil research studentship at the University of Edinburgh. The project will measure injury trends in the women’s rugby union game in Scotland and implement and evaluate subsequent injury prevention strategies to enhance player welfare in the women’s game. The studentship will begin in August 2022 with completion by August 2024. The successful candidate will be located in the Institute for Sport, PE and Health Sciences, St Leonards Land, University of Edinburgh.
In response to the variation in the rate and pattern of injury in rugby union across playing level, age, and sex, this MPhil will seek to develop new knowledge to understand the injury trends within women’s rugby union. This study is part of a Tri-Nations World Rugby funded Project, across Scotland, England and Wales and this studentship will be based in Scotland, focussing on Scottish Rugby.
Working closely with the Scottish Rugby Development and Medical Lead, the project will describe the specific injury trends in women’s national level rugby union in Scotland, and based on the knowledge obtained, evaluate the efficacy of the World Rugby Activate injury prevention programme to reduce the burden of training and match injury.
Applicants will need to hold a good honours degree (minimum 2:1) in a related subject area, while a postgraduate qualification is desirable. Applicants will also need to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the specific subject area of the MPhil, as well as the potential to successfully complete a higher degree by research. The applicant will be primarily located at the University of Edinburgh but will be expected to undertake data collection in and around Scotland. Driving licence is essential. You must be a UK national domiciled in the UK. There is potential for the studentship to be extended to a PhD (tbd).
Dr Debbie Palmer, Neil Graham
Applicants should provide a personal statement (max 1000 words) outlining;
- your experience in respect to this area of research;
- reasons for applying; and
- a brief outline of your initial thoughts on the area of this doctoral research plan.
Please do not submit a formal research proposal. Please send your personal statement and full CV to: MHSES Communications at [Email Address Removed] 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 should be an academic referee who is able to describe your suitability for this post. References are normally taken up when the candidate is invited for interview.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Debbie Palmer [Email Address Removed]
The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 18th August. Interviews Monday 22nd August 2022.