The influence of occupational physical activity for employee health, well-being and productivity.

The influence of occupational physical activity for employee health, well-being and productivity. (KESS2 PhD Scholarship)

Project Team:

Dr Rachel Lord (Academic Lead Supervisor)

Dr Mike Stembridge (Academic Supervisor)

Prof Diane Crone (Academic Supervisor)

Mr David Saunders (Lead Company Supervisor)

Project Outline:

Regular moderate-vigorous physical activity is essential for maintaining health and wellbeing. Despite this, only a third of adults meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity. In an attempt to overcome these problems, the aim of this project is to develop a physical activity intervention, which is feasible and practical for adults and their lifestyle, in collaboration with our partner company ‘Agile in Work’.

What are we looking for?

We seek a determined, motivated scientist with a strong interest in physical activity interventions/exercise training and with experience of working with adults across a range of fitness levels. The successful applicant must also have a passion for cardiovascular physiology and the confidence and ability to learn non-invasive ultrasound assessment of the cardiovascular system. An Undergraduate Honours degree in life sciences, sport and exercise sciences or clinical physiology is required with a minimum classification of a 2.1 and ideally an MSc or equivalent in a relevant area. The candidate must also be able to integrate themselves into our partner company ‘Agile in Work’ and contribute to successful knowledge transfer from the academic to professional business environment. Experience of customer service and customer facing interactions and skills would be beneficial.

Structure of the Programme

The successful candidate will register as a full-time postgraduate research student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Under guidance of the supervisory team, the student will initially develop knowledge and practical skills to perform ultrasound assessment of the cardiovascular system and subsequently design the physical activity intervention. Longer term, the student will integrate implementation of assessment techniques and physical activity intervention in the adult population with the dissemination of key findings both academically and within the business environment.

 Application Deadline:  31/05/19

The scholarship offers all eligible participants (student):

  • KESS PhD Scholarship holders do not pay fees
  • A monthly stipend with 3 years of funding @ £14,483 per year for PhD
  • An additional 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 competitive area of Wales on appointment (or be studying in or working in the competitive 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 area can be​ found here​.  NB: The map also illustrates other assisted areas in the UK, however only the East Wales (areas of Wales 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 and select KESS2 – PhD Scholarship vacancies


Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Rachel Lord for more information or an informal conversation prior to submitting an application:

Dr Rachel Lord


Tel: 02920206373

To apply, please submit completed application form to Dr Rachel Lord (Email:

 Interviews for this post will take place in the week beginning the 10/06/19 with a proposed commencement date of 01/07/19.

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 sectors in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) competiveness programme for East Wales.