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Physical activity/exercise and heart failure (RDS19-SHSC1)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

As part of ongoing investment into areas of research strength, Teesside University is pleased to offer a number of fully-funded PhD studentships to exceptional doctoral candidates to commence in October 2019.

The School of Health and Social Care invites applications for fully-funded full-time PhD studentship in the following research area:

Centre for Rehabilitation, Exercise and Sports Science

RDS19-SHSC1 Physical activity/exercise and heart failure

Dr Leah Avery

Referral of heart failure patients to physical activity and exercise programmes is suboptimal, and once enrolled, high dropout rates are observed, particularly for hospital-based programmes. Home-based physical activity and exercise programmes have gained popularity to help address dropout. Brief behavioural intervention delivered by telephone has shown to be an acceptable and feasible approach to supporting heart failure patients to engage with and complete a home-based programme, and completion has shown an overall increase in physical activity/exercise and cardiorespiratory fitness.

The aim of this research is to develop a theory-based behavioural intervention targeting clinicians to equip them with the knowledge and skills to recognise the value of promoting physical activity/exercise; and to support their patients with heart failure to increase and maintain their levels of physical activity/exercise. Research evidence will be utilised to help inform the theoretical underpinning, mode of delivery and content of the intervention developed for delivery to clinicians and also to inform an intervention delivered to patients. Interventions will be evaluated using a mixed methods approach.

This research will be supported by the following supervisory team:
Director of Studies: Dr Leah Avery, Reader in Health Behaviour Change and Chartered Health Psychologist; Co-supervisor: Professor Alan Batterham, Professor of Exercise Science

Funding Eligibility

The studentship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Applications are welcome from strong UK and International students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in psychology; a Masters level qualification in health psychology, behavioural science or a closely related discipline; and have a demonstrable understanding of research design, data analysis and the considerations associated with developing health behaviour change interventions. International students would be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, Tier 4 procedures.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online for this opportunity. Please use the PhD full time online application form. When asked to specify funding enter the relevant studentship code given against the topic of project that you applying for in the field required. You should also ensure that you add the studentship code as well as the title of the topic or project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title and code for each application to a topic or project. Please note that applications for funded studentships that do not quote the studentship title AND the Project ID on the proposal will be invalid and your application may not be considered for the appropriate funding.

For academic enquiries, please contact the relevant supervisor or staff in the research area directly. For administrative enquiries, contact .

Research at Teesside

As a Teesside University research student, you will join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing you to share your experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. You will benefit from our academic expertise, and be supported through a strong programme of research training. You will be offered opportunities and support at each stage of your research degree. Our research is designed to have impact, and to influence policy and practice within our region, the UK and beyond. We work with external organisations to anticipate and respond to research needs, and to put our research into practice in sectors as diverse as the arts, engineering, healthcare and computing. PhD students are encouraged to work with their supervisors to explore the potential impact of their work.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in research group and centre activities, including training sessions and workshops, and will become a member of the University’s wider postgraduate research community. Mentoring and support will be provided for the development of a strong academic and professional CV during the PhD.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 April 2019

We envisage that interviews will take place in May 2019

Successful applicants will be expected to start on 7th October 2019

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