Sports Science: Funded PhD Studentships: Using visualisation techniques to investigate the influence of maturity status on skill proficiency

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 30 June 2017

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and we are also extremely proud to be named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. 
Project start date: 1 October 2017
Interviews will take place in the week commencing 24 July 2017.
This is a fully-funded, three-year PhD studentship which is part of a new collaboration between Swansea University’s College of Engineering and Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand). The successful student will be based within the College of Engineering at Swansea University’s new £450 million Bay Campus under the supervision of Dr Melitta McNarry and Dr Kelly Mackintosh, with the collaborative input of experts from AUT.
Alongside the collaborative PhD advertised under the supervision of Dr Neil Bezodis and Prof. Huw Summers, the purpose of the present project is to investigate the role of maturity in the development of skill proficiency.  It is well established that fundamental movement skills form the foundation for many of the specific motor skills employed in popular sports and leisure activities. However, how these skills are developed, their translation to motor skill proficiency and the interaction of these developmental pathways with the concomitant processes of growth and maturation remain to be elucidated. A key part of the project will be the representation of proficiency progression during childhood and training using novel visualisations, allowing divergences from the anticipated developmental pathway to be identified and their association with increased risk of injury or overtraining investigated.
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation across academia and is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students. If you want to know about our commitment to gender equality or have any questions pertaining to inclusivity in the College of Engineering, please contact our Athena SWAN Lead Dr Camilla Knight;


Candidate must have at least an upper second class honours degree in Sports science (with an aptitude for computing/visualisations). MSc in Sports science (with an aptitude for computing/visualisations) is desirable.
Experience working with children and handling large dataset is desirable.


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The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,553. There is also up to £1,000 available for other expenses.
Applications from overseas candidates are welcome but candidates should be aware that the studentship will only partially cover international tuition fees (value of £4,120).


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