Acceptability and feasibility of injury prevention workshops embedded into community running groups (PhD Scholarship)

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.

Application deadline 17 November 2017
Start date 1 January 2018
Duration 3 years
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

Acceptability and feasibility of injury prevention workshops embedded into community running groups (PhD Scholarship)

Cardiff University

This project will explore the acceptability and feasibility of injury prevention workshops embedded into community running groups, and its potential effects on long term physical activity participation.

The main aim of the project is to develop “move-well” injury prevention workshops (MWWs) and assess whether embedding these workshops into existing social community running groups helps people to remain physically active long term and does this have an effect on their health and well-being?

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.


Dr Liba Sheeran : Senior Lecturer (Research and Teaching),and Programme Manager: Professional Doctorate
Professor Nicola Phillips : Professor: Physiotherapy

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
The KESS2 scholarship will provide a stipend, plus c. £3K a year available to support project-related expenses. Fees will be met by the University.
Maintenance stipend Starting stipends of £14,198 per year for PhD studentships and £11,358 a year for MRes/MPhil studentships (exact figures subject to confirmation of start date and an income assessment).

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria Applicants for research PhDs at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:

  • a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • a relevant Master’s qualification or equivalent.

Applicants must:

  • have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their application for KESS funding and their enrolment for the course of study
  • have a legal right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship
  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student.

The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.

Applicants must also be prepared to provide proof of identity and income as part of the stipend assessment process. Further details are available from the Cardiff University KESS 2 Office.

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Sciences with a January 2018 start date.

In the funding section of your application, please select ‘I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from KESS2. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


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