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Team GB PhD Opportunity. Race to Zero: An Olympic journey

   Energy and Environment Institute

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About the Project

About our partnership with Team GB

The University’s partnership with Team GB was announced in January 2019 and includes the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The partnership is borne out of a synergy between the University’s ambitions and values, and those of Team GB, and is built on the belief that there is the extraordinary in everyone.

In a further exciting development in this unique partnership, we are delighted to announce the launch of three PhD projects which will be delivered in close collaboration with Team GB. The three studies are about sustaining the future of individuals, society as a collective, and the environment and will form our Team GB: Competitors, Community, Climate cluster.

Find out more about the other Team GB PhD opportunities

About this project

Elite sport has many benefits for global society, including its ability to promote an environmental message to those who are hard to reach by other routes. However, it has its own significant environmental footprint which should be recognised and minimised.

One of Team GB’s strategic goals is to understand and reduce its carbon footprint, and this PhD project will work in partnership with Team GB and two of the University’s research institutes – the Energy and Environment Institute and the Logistics Institute – to further this goal. This will achieved by performing a carbon audit of the team’s activities, informed by a series of interviews, to build understanding of which parts of its operations are the most carbon-expensive and where there is potential for improvement. In collaboration with Team GB we will develop recommendations for change, and produce a data-driven decision support tool to help them optimise an area of their operations. Where appropriate, our findings will be generalised to allow other similar units to benefit from the new understanding.

As this is an interdisciplinary project, the successful candidate will be a member of both the Energy and Environment Institute (EEI) and the Logistics Institute (LI) at the University of Hull.

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship.

If you need to move into a fourth year to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period.

Who can apply

You must hold at least a 2.1 or equivalent in an undergraduate degree in a relevant numerate subject (eg Engineering, Physical or Environmental Sciences, Business Studies or similar. If unsure, please ask). You must have interest in, and enthusiasm for, low carbon transition, and should demonstrate this in your application.

Either a Masters degree, or relevant experience outside academia, would be advantageous.

If you have experience or familiarity with elite sports this would be valuable: please tell us about this in your application. Similarly, if you have programming experience and/or experience with handling and manipulating large datasets, this would be advantageous.

We welcome and encourage applications from retired or retiring athletes.

For more details on our entry requirements please visit the postgraduate admissions webpage.

This scholarship is available for full-time study only and not open to candidates who have already obtained a PhD. This opportunity is open to Home candidates only.

How to apply


Apply via the University of Hull website

When applying, please provide a personal statement, of no more than 800 words (Arial, minimum font 11 point, margins 2.54cm), outlining: (i) what motivates you to pursue PhD study; (ii) why you are interested in this project; (iii) how your skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project and/or any additional training you will need; and (iv) the wider significance of research in this area and potential future research directions for the project.

Closing date for applications and interviews

Applications will close at 17.00 on 31st May 2021.  Interviews will take place during week commencing 14th June 2021.

Find out more

Come and chat to us! We are hosting a live webinar on Wednesday 12th May at 6pm. You will have an opportunity to meet Team GB, hear directly from them why these projects are important and ask questions. You will also have the opportunity to meet and chat to the PhD project supervisors here at the University of Hull. Register here.

You can also email us at [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years, which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 21/22 is £4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15609. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.
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