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PhD Studentship: Snacktivity to promote physical activity and reduce future risk of chronic disease in the population

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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: SSEHS/Snack/DE
Start date of studentship: 1st April, 2020
Closing date of advert: 17th February, 2020
Interview date: 2nd March, 2020

Primary supervisor: Dr Dale Esliger
Secondary supervisors: Dr James Sanders, Professor Amanda Daley

Loughborough University

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Full Project Detail

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University have been awarded a £2.2M NIHR Programme Grant (CI: Professor Amanda Daley) to conduct a series of studies to develop a new approach to promoting physical activity in the population called ‘Snacktivity’. The programme grant will run for five years. Current guidance advises that adults should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week; however, most people find this amount of PA difficult to achieve.

In contrast, rather than focusing on encouraging continuous bouts (e.g., 5 x 30 mins per day), Snacktivity focuses on promoting small (e.g., 2-5 mins), but frequent, doses (‘snacks’) of moderate-to-vigorous PA throughout the whole day. We think the public will find this approach easier to achieve and it reduces sitting time. A mobile phone app called the Snackapp will be developed and will be associated with a physical activity tracker device to support the public with achieving Snacktivity.

This PhD studentship will complement the NIHR Snacktivity Programme Grant and aims to provide information to refine ‘mechanistic’ knowledge about how and when Snacktivity is achieved by the public. Through the Snackapp there will be a focus on interrogating data to unpick the conditions under which Snacktivity is completed.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Sport and Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Human Biology, Behavioural Science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Exercise as medicine, physical activity and health, sport and exercise science, wearable technology, behavioural medicine and health psychology.

Contact details

Name: Dr Dale Esliger
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0) 1509 223280

How to apply

All applications should be made online at 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/Snack/DE

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship 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.

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