Long-term effects of targeted strength and conditioning on golf swing performance in talented junior golfers (Project SWING)- PhD Scholarship

Long-term effects of targeted strength and conditioning on golf swing performance in talented junior golfers (Project SWING)




Project Team:

Dr Rhodri S. Lloyd (Academic Lead Supervisor)

Dr Jon L. Oliver (Academic Supervisor)

Dr Zach I. Gould (Academic/Industrial Supervisor)

Ms Gillian O’Leary (Lead Company Supervisor)

Project Outline:

This is an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD studentship at Cardiff Metropolitan University, which has been designed to examine the long-term effects of strength and conditioning provision on levels of physical fitness and golf swing performance in young golfers enrolled on the Golf Union of Wales talent development pathway. The Golf Union of Wales are the official industry partner of this KESS2 funded project.

Specifically, the studentship will examine how chronic exposure to strength and conditioning influences strength and power development in junior golfers at varying stages of maturity, and how the interaction of maturation and training influences key measures of golf swing performance.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to research alongside leading academics from the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University, while additionally assisting in the delivery of strength and conditioning for the junior golfers within the Golf Union of Wales talent development pathway.

We are keen to receive applications from enthusiastic candidates with:


  • Relevant undergraduate degree (e.g. strength and conditioning/sport science)


  • Experience of working with young athletes
  • Recognised strength and conditioning qualifications (e.g. UKSCA, NSCA or ASCA)
  • Relevant postgraduate degree (e.g. MSc in strength and conditioning/sport science)

 Application Deadline:   April 12th, 2019

The scholarship offers all eligible participants (student):

  • KESS PhD Scholarship holders do not pay fees;
  • A monthly stipend in line with RCUK rates: 3 years of funding @ £14,483 per year for PhD
  • An additional annual budget to support your research of £3,000 for travel, conference attendance, minor equipment, consumables and training
  • An opportunity to access a suite of higher-level skills training & attendance at a residential KESS Grad School
  • A minimum of 30 days a year working with the company partner on their allocated project
  • Students must complete & submit their thesis within 3.5 years for PhD
  • All participants must complete the KESS Postgraduate Skills Development Award

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants should have UK or EU Citizenship, and be resident in the convergence area of Wales on appointment (or be studying in or working in the convergence area immediately prior to starting the project) and should have the right to work in the region on qualification. Residence confirmed by providing documents such as driver’s licence, tenancy agreement or recent statement from bank or building society.

The map for the eligible can be​ found here​.  NB: The map also illustrates other assisted areas in the UK, however only the East Wales (areas which are not shaded with any colour) is eligible in this project.

To obtain an application form (Participant Application Form) and for further information regarding KESS2 at Cardiff Metropolitan, Please click here

To apply, please submit completed application form to Dr Rhodri S. Lloyd (email: rlloyd@cardiffmet.ac.uk)

Interviews for this post will take place in the week beginning the 29/04/2019, with a proposed commencement date by the end of May 2019.

Supported by Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) which is an All 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) competitive area for East Wales.