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PhD Studentship: Testing the small change approach to long term weight management: JustOne randomised controlled trial

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    Prof A Daley
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: SSEHS/AD
Start date of studentship: 1st July, 2020
Closing date of advert: 1st April, 2020
Interview date: 28th April 2020

Primary supervisor: Professor Amanda Daley
Secondary supervisors: Dr Claire Madigan

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Full Project Detail

This PhD studentship aims to assess the possible merits of a small change approach to weight management in the public. This studentship has potential to focus on weight loss or weight gain prevention. The research will involve a RCT and a nested qualitative study and complement other funded work within the School focused on promoting the small change approach to increasing physical activity in the population (see NIHR Programme Grant). It is hypothesised the public will find the small change approach to lifestyle behaviour change more acceptable and feasible to embed into their lives, and then maintain over time, than approaches that require them to make large(r) changes.

The small change approach may also increase self-efficacy for sustainable health behaviour change by focusing on a more achievable small daily energy deficit (i.e. reductions of just 100-200 calories per day) and/or small increases in physical activity levels throughout the whole day. Evidence shows that even small reductions in energy intake and increases physical activity can have an important effect on body weight.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Sport and Exercise Science, 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, weight management, behavioural medicine and health psychology.

Contact details

Name: Professor Amanda Daley
Email address: [Email Address Removed]

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/AD

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15009 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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