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The development of resilience in young people within communities through sport participation: A process approach.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Bangor University, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. This studentship, known as a ‘collaborative studentships’, and involves liaison with non-academic organisations at many key stages of the research programme. With this particular PhD, the collaborative organisation is City Football Group (owners of Manchester City Football Club), via Global Football and its corporate social responsibility arm City in the Community. The award is through the Sport and Exercise Science pathway route.

The project will be supervised by a research team including Prof. Nichola Callow, Drs. James Hardy and Stuart Beattie from the Institute of Psychology for Elite Performance at Bangor University, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. The School has been providing high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate degrees since 1978. Our research was ranked 7th in UK according to a national assessment of research quality (REF) published in 2014 (Times Higher Education, 18 December 2014). Also on the research team are Prof. Rhiannon Tudor Edwards from the University’s Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation and Dr. Chin Wei Ong from Global Football, City Football Group. Established in 2013, City Football Group aims to increase football participation, find and develop football talent and deliver an exciting football playing style, through its football-related businesses in major cities around the world. City in the Community is City Football Group’s formal commitment to social responsibility for over three decades and counting. CITC impacts up to 40, 000 people annually through its football programmes to promote health, confidence, safe spaces and pathways to training and employment for young people.

The above collaborative studentship is now available to apply for and will commence in October 2020. Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community.


ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for the +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU Students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


Applications must contain the following documents:

1. Covering letter: Please address to Professor Nichola Callow and sent to Donna Williams College of Human Sciences Executive Assistant. . The covering letter must name the collaborative studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Bangor University, and the Sport and Exercise Science Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include the references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: This should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references.
The outline description can be found by clicking here:

6. Please note the ESRC has requested that all applicants complete a Wales DTP Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form. The information collected from this form will be used for statistical and monitoring purposes only. It will not be used as part of the assessment process. The form can be found by clicking here for the English ( and Welsh ( version available. Please complete the form and include with your application submission to .

Funding Notes

Studentship Awards commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,009 p.a. for 2019/20 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). This award is available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only.

How good is research at Bangor University in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism?
(joint submission with Cardiff Metropolitan University)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 11.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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