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PhD Studentship: Developing graduate attributes and employability through sport-based volunteering

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    Dr J Kenyon
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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Project Description

Application details:

Reference number: SSEHS/JK
Start date of studentship: 1/07/2019
Closing date of advert: 19/04/2019
Interview date: Week commencing 06/05/2019


Primary supervisor: Dr Jamie Kenyon
Secondary supervisor: Prof. Paul Downward
Additional supervisor: Cath Harvey

We are seeking a motivated individual with strong interests in sport management and volunteering to undertake a unique industry-oriented PhD examining the impact of the Loughborough University Coach & Volunteer Academy (CVA) on its participants.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been ranked 1st in the world for Sport-related Subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018 & 2019).

Full Project Detail:

The Loughborough University Coach & Volunteer Academy (CVA) has been operational in its current form for the past four years. During this time, there has been anecdotal and presumed impact that being part of the CVA has benefitted the personal and professional development of student participants, as well as their employability and career development. With that in mind, the project's aims are threefold. First, to identify if, and in what way, engagement by students in Loughborough University’s Coach & Volunteer Academy enhances their human and social capital. Second, to identify how this adds to the personal development and employability of students. Finally, to inform the organisation and delivery of student volunteering to maximise its impacts.

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• Loughborough University Participation in Sport and Exercise Research Theme:
• Loughborough University Coach & Volunteer Academy:

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in sport management or a related subject. Familiarity with UK/English sport is also essential. A relevant Master’s degree in sport management or a related subject will also be an advantage. Additionally, experience of sports volunteering is highly desirable as well as experience of working with mixed methods research and/or action research.

Contact details:

Name: Dr. Jamie Kenyon
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: 01509 223083

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences’

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/JK

Funding Notes

The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum for three years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International tuition fee only and no stipend will be available.

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