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PhD Studentship: The promotion of weight management by dentists during routine appointments


   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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About the Project

Application details:

  • Reference number: SSEHS/AD/2
  • Start date of studentship: 1 October 2021 or 1 January 2022
  • Closing date of advert: 6 May 2021
  • Interview date: 24, 25, 26 or 27 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:

Making Every Contact Count (MECC), an NHS campaign, is an approach to health behaviour change that utilises the millions of everyday interactions that health professionals have with the public, to encourage changes in lifestyle behaviour to improve population health. Specifically, MECC aims to opportunistically deliver consistent and concise healthy lifestyle education/messages to the public within routine health consultations at scale. Dentists are ideally positioned to screen and address overweight/obesity in the population as they are already involved in conveying overall health messages in relation to oral health, and most of the population will routinely visit their dentist at least yearly. Such an approach could be helpful in raising awareness within the population of the benefits of consuming a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. This studentship will assess the views of patients about the appropriateness of dentists to screen for obesity and deliver weight management interventions during consultations and the acceptability to dentists of doing so. This studentship will involve a trial to explore the feasibility of embedding a brief weight management intervention delivered by dentist within routine dental consultations. 

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. 

 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/2


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.