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KESS 2 PhD Funded Scholarship: Resilience in children and young people who offend; application for training and intervention for Youth Justice Services

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Project Description

Bangor University (School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences), invite applications from the area of social sciences (with an interest in psychology), to study for a fully funded KESS 2 PhD. The School is internationally recognised for its quality of research and provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research study. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourage applications from all sectors of the community. This is a 3-year full time fully funded post.

Project Detail:
The main aim of the project is to develop and promote resilient behaviours in young offenders via a theoretically driven resilience intervention delivered in conjunction with the Youth Justice Service.

Aims of the PhD:
A vital unexplored component of resilience that seems pertinent to young offenders is the ability to detect threat early (e.g., social situations that may lead to offending) but to do something about it (e.g., Bell, Hardy & Beattie, 2013). Further, in order to examine individual differences and tailor individual resilience interventions, the research will take into consideration social, emotional and physical aspects of resilience.

The research is likely to contain a mix of methodological investigations (i.e., qualitative and quantitative research designs, systematic review and intervention).

Primary supervisor: Dr Stuart Beattie ([Email Address Removed])
Secondary supervisors: Prof Lew Hardy and Dr Ross Roberts
Gwynedd Council: Mr Steven Wood

Please contact Dr. Stuart Beattie (+44) 01248383963 or [Email Address Removed] if you have any queries and to request further particulars:

For further information about the Institute for Psychology of Elite Performance Research Group, visit our website at: http://ipep.bangor.ac.uk

For further information regarding KESS 2 please visit:

What the studentship will cover:
Full studentships cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax-free maintenance grant of £14,198 per annum for 2016/2017 for full-time students (updated each year) and an additional £3000 per annum is available for conferences, training and support, consumables and small equipment.

Entry requirements:
Successful applicants will normally have a Master’s degree, or in exceptional cases a First Class Honours Degree in the area of Social Sciences. Be able to work independently with support from a supervisor, and possess the enthusiasm to contribute to stimulating research and practice environments.

How to apply:
The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at the University and in the area of Resilience and Social Sciences; your understanding and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, particularly those relating to the proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please indicate how you meet the criterion of holding a relevant research training Master’s degree or have an equivalent background in research training.

Applications should be sent to Dr Stuart Beattie at the above email address.

Successful candidates will be expected to commence their studies in April 2017.

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will need to be resident in North Wales on registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

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

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