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A research degree in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work allows you to develop your skills and contribute to internationally recognised health and sports research, supported by skilled staff and a vibrant research student community. Learn more about our research degrees and how to apply or look at the funding opportunities below
Details of funding opportunities will be advertised on this page when they become available, or look at research opportunities across the whole university.
Project Title: Elizabeth Casson PhD Award
Director of Studies: Prof. Helen Dawes (Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair)
Eligibility: UK/EU Applicants who have qualified from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists approved programme
Closing Date: 13 April 2018
Start date: 17 September 2018 (possibility of January 2019 enrolment)
Value pa: Bursary of £14,777 per annum (pro rata for academic year 2018/19) plus fees and reasonable project costs
Entry requirement: an MSc/BSc degree in Occupational Therapy. A masters level is expected however a bachelors level may be considered if the applicant can demonstrate appropriate engagement with research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. All applicants will need to have demonstrated some engagement with post-qualification research-related activity.
The Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS), a member of the Oxford Brookes – led Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) partnership, is currently exploring research themes that range from improving mental health and wellbeing management in people with long-term conditions to the development of therapeutic interventions for the ageing population. Projects are being delivered through close relationships between the Centre and its partners: OxINMAHR, Oxford Health (OH), Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) and Higher Education England Thames Valley (HEETV).
For this studentship, the successful candidate will join the Centre for an exciting opportunity within a new PhD programme. Funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust, the Elizabeth Casson PhD award aims to develop and promote the evidence base of occupational therapy in order to increase the understanding of the efficacy and unique contribution of occupational therapists to those people with occupational needs within the UK. We invite applications for projects which pursue research in line with this aim. Projects that also align with the evolving UK care agenda are encouraged.
The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in research activities at the Centre, present at relevant scientific meetings and to publish their work. Additionally, the candidate will be required to report on progress to the funders. Appropriate training relevant to undertaking a PhD will be provided.
Any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit specified documents.
For further information on the project please e-mail Prof. Helen Dawes
To apply go to: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/shssw/research/degrees/how-to-apply/
For applications inquiries please contact Research Administrator
Project Title: EPIC: Exercise, Physiology, Imaging and Cardiometabolism
Bursary: £14,777 (2018/2019)
Fees: Tuition fees will be paid for by the University
Closing Date: 09 December 2018, 5pm
Start date: 08 April 2019
How to apply:
Completed application forms should be emailed to email@example.com together with a CV.
Applicant must hold a UK/EU passport and a degree in a discipline related to the expectations of the role. For full details of entry requirements please visit the Postgraduate Courses Entry Requirements.
For this studentship, the successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team at the Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS) working on a pioneering new University of Oxford study, “OxSOCRATES”, that addresses the origins of cardiovascular disease in the young and, in particular, how sedentary behaviour and obesity contribute to early disease development.
The study is the first of its kind to be funded by the British Heart Foundation and is under the overall leadership of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Alexander Jones (Paediatric Cardiologist and Senior Clinical Scientist, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford), who brings expertise in the early cardiometabolic abnormalities of childhood that precede established adult cardiovascular disease, and works in close collaboration with Professor Helen Dawes (Director of MOReS, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University), who brings a wealth of expertise from her studies of children’s exercise physiology in the Oxfordshire region.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
Appropriate training relevant to undertaking a PhD will be provided as well as an honorary contract with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Any successful candidate will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit specified documents:
For further information on the project please e-mail Professor Helen Dawes firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Alexander Jones email@example.com.
Bursary: £14,777 for academic year 2018/2019
Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University
Closing date: 28 November 2018, 5.00pm
Interview Date(s): 4 or 10 December 2018
Start date: 21 January 2019
Project Title: The effects of
ready meal consumption on appetite, satiety and subsequent food intake
Director of Studies and main supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillier
2nd supervisor: Dr Helen Lightowler
Eligibility: Applicants require a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in Nutrition
or related subject. Applicants must have or be eligible for AfN registration as
a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ARNutr). Home UK, EU only are eligible to
the last year alone, UK consumers have spent over £1.6 billion on supermarket ready meals. Statistica Consumer Goods
predicts a market value growth in the ready meal industry of 19.5% between the years 2015-2019.
Previous research investigating the composition of supermarket ready meals has
found them to be high in protein, fat,
saturated fat, whilst low in
carbohydrates. As current NHS guidelines on weight management highlight
decreasing fat intake, especially saturated fat, it is important to develop
products that align more with NHS guidelines, whilst keeping consumers satiated
This project aims to explore the scientific principles of satiety and
energy density in a new range of commercially available ready meals and is
sponsored by Slimming World.
The project will be based in
the Centre for Nutrition and Health at Oxford Brookes University. Oxford
Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health undertakes leading edge research
focused on tackling overweight and obesity, improving glycaemic control and
reducing inflammation, thereby helping to improve the health and well-being of
the global population. https://www.brookes.ac.uk/shssw/nutrition/research/oxbcnh/
For further information on
the project please email: Dr Sarah E Hillier firstname.lastname@example.org
Email the Research Administrator email@example.com for
an application pack. Completed application forms should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by