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PhD Studentship: Promoting Snacktivity™ to increase physical activity in pregnant women


   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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About the Project

Application details:

  • Reference number: SSEHS/AD/4
  • Start date of studentship: 1st October 2021 or 1st January 2022
  • Closing date of advert: 6th May 2021
  • Interview date:  24th, 25th, 26th or 27th May 2021

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 Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

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, 2020 and 2021).

Full Project Detail:

Current guidance advises that pregnant women should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity per week, but many women find this amount difficult to achieve. As women progress through pregnancy, physical activity becomes more difficult and evidence indicates they spend a large amount of time sitting each day. An approach to promoting physical activity that pregnant women may find helpful is what we have called ‘Snacktivity™, which focuses on promoting small (e.g., 2-5 mins), but frequent, doses (‘snacks’) of moderate intensity physical activity throughout the whole day. This studentship will test whether the Snacktivity™ approach can increase physical activity and reduce sitting time in pregnant women as part of a randomised controlled trial. This studentship will also explore women’s views of Snacktivity™ using qualitative research methods. The intervention will be based around a mobile phone App called the SnackApp which is linked to a physical activity tracker that monitors engagement with Snacktivity™. This studentship is part of a larger NIHR Programme Grant award.

This PhD is positioned with the Centre for Lifestyle Medicine (CLiMB) (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/research/research-centres/climb/). You may only apply for two studentships offered by CLiMB in this round. 

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in sport and exercise science, health psychology, public health or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in a relevant discipline will be an advantage. 

Funding information:

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.

Contact details:

Name: Professor Amanda Daley

Email address: [Email Address Removed]

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, select “School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”.  Please be sure to upload your CV and personal statement.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/AD/4


Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.
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