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Reducing sedentary behaviour as a tool for secondary prevention of heart disease

  • Full or part time

    Dr J Richards
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Post: PhD Research studentship
Department: Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR)
Salary: Full Studentship of £4222 per annum (funding provided by ISPAR)
Fixed term: 3 years
Closing date: 24th January 2019
Start date: 11th March 2019

Applications are invited for a PhD fees funded studentship post commencing 11th March 2019. The Studentship is open to home/EU students. It will run for 3 years and the fees of the degree will be paid by the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) at the University of Bedfordshire.

ISPAR delivers research spanning across sport science, physical activity, health, psychology, behaviour change, pedagogy and social sciences of sport. In the latest Research Excellent Framework assessment 95% of our research was rated as internationally recognised or better.

Candidate requirements

Applicants will have a strong background in a relevant discipline (e.g. physical activity, sport and exercise science, physiology, health science) including a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in an area relevant to the PhD will be an advantage.

About the project

Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of hospitalisation and death in Western countries. Prevention of secondary coronary events and death in patients who have previously suffered from heart disease is a major challenge. Cardiac rehabilitation interventions target improvements in the management and outcomes in these patients, but suboptimal levels of cardiovascular risk factors are often seen. The successful candidate will undertake research to evaluate the impact of sedentary behaviour reductions on cardiovascular risk in patients who have suffered coronary heart disease. The research will be laboratory and field based and will use a range of methods including cardiovascular (electrocardiography and echocardiography) and postprandial metabolic assessment. Full training for these assessments and techniques will be provided to the successful candidate.


The successful candidate will be under the supervision of:
- Dr Daniel Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Health, Nutrition and Exercise
- Dr Jo Richards, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology


ISPAR will pay the fees of £4,222 per year; there are no bench fees associated with this project. The post will not include a bursary.

How to apply

For an application pack or any application queries please email quoting the appropriate reference number. In addition to a CV, all applicants will need to send a cover letter with supporting information on their experience and skills and how these relate to the advertised studentship.

It is expected that interviews will take place the week beginning 11th February 2019.

For informal discussions or non-application related queries, please contact Dr Daniel Bailey by email at .

Closing date: 24th January 2019

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