Community Department offers Research Scholarship

Unique scholarship opportunity with WRU /Ospreys Community team

The Applied Sports Technology Exercise and Medicine Research Centre (A-STEM) in conjunction with the Welsh Rugby Union and Ospreys Community Department have a KESS MSc by Research Scholarship available in the area of psychological considerations in youth sport. KESS Scholarships are part funded from the European Social Fund Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys). KESS MSc by Research scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners.

An exciting opportunity exists for an exceptionally organised and motivated individual to aid in a research project to explore changes in retention rates from junior to senior rugby union in the Ospreys rugby region. The project will develop a holistic model to explain the changes in retention rates from junior to senior rugby, compare perceptions of participation motives across the main stakeholder groups, and recommend a potential strategy to increase retention rates. The successful candidate will be based in the Ospreys Community Rugby Department and have the opportunity to undertake Community Rugby activities as part of the scholarship.

Value of Award: A 1-year stipend of £9,548pa. The scholarship has an additional budget for travel, equipment and consumables and training to support your research. KESS MSc by Research Scholarship holders do not pay fees.

Length: Full-time for 12 months (Thesis must be submitted 6 months after the funded study period ends).

Start date: 1st October 2013

Closing Date for Applications:
July 19th, 2013.

Contact: If you are interested in applying, please email your CV to Dr Stephen Mellalieu or Dr Camilla Knight

Include in your CV a one-page outline of why you wish to conduct postgraduate study and, specifically engage in this opportunity. It is important that applicants have an undergraduate (1.1 or 2.1 honours) or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline, an understanding of qualitative research methods, and a level of community rugby union development/coaching experience.

Further information on ASTEM:

Further information KESS programme: