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Examination of the feasibility and acceptability of high-intensity interval training interventions in ‘real world’ settings

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    Dr K Weston
    Prof A Batterham
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Project Description

A stipend of £15,000 per annum is offered to a strong candidate for a full-time PhD scholarship within the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University. The scholarship is funded by Teesside University, and will be for three years subject to satisfactory progress.

The studentship will be part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Applied Biosciences for Health
(http://www.unialliance.ac.uk/dta/), a University Alliance initiative which aims to deliver a new approach to postgraduate research training. The DTA builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of the Alliance Universities, and offers funded doctoral programmes which deliver excellent research with a broader impact on society, backed by an expert network of support and shared training opportunities.

This PhD will be conducted against the backdrop of discussions surrounding the effectiveness of high-intensity interval training in ‘real world’ settings. Over the last decade, there has been a surge of scientific interest in the efficacy of high-intensity interval training, such that there is now strong evidence that this type of exercise may represent a time-efficient means of improving health and fitness outcomes in a variety of populations. Much of the research conducted to date however has been confined to laboratories. The impact of high-intensity interval training interventions conducted in ‘real world’ settings, such as workplaces and schools, therefore has yet to be adequately explored. Accordingly, this PhD programme will examine the feasibility and acceptability of high-intensity interval training, implemented in non-laboratory settings. The effectiveness of the interventions on health, fitness and quality of life outcomes will also be assessed. The programme of work will be constructed around a systematic review, a series of laboratory and field-based studies, and an original intervention.

The supervisory team will be Dr Kathryn Weston (Director of Studies), Professor Alan Batterham and Dr Matthew Weston.

The Health and Social Care Institute is an innovative and supportive research community, with a strong emphasis on publication and influencing healthcare practice. The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in Institute activities, including training sessions and workshops, and will also become a member of the University’s wider postgraduate research community. Mentoring and support will be provided for the development of a strong academic CV during the PhD.

Entry Requirements
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2.1 or above) and/or Masters level qualification in Sport and Exercise Science, Human Physiology or a closely related discipline. The successful applicant will have a demonstrable understanding of measurement, cardiometabolic health and the development of exercise interventions. Experience of interacting with the general public in a research setting would be advantageous.

You can apply online for this opportunity. Please use the standard PhD full time application form, and state the studentship title and Director of Studies in the personal statement section. As part of the application, you are expected to upload a proposal to detail how you would address the project.

Closing Date: Monday 28th March, 5pm.

We envisage that interviews will take place in April 2016. The successful applicant will be expected to start in October 2016.

Funding Notes

Although we can accept applications from overseas students, the funding will only cover a home student fee. The difference between the home and international student fee would be payable by the applicant.

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