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Funded PhD Opportunity

Parents' support and the development of youth athletes

Subjects: Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism and Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism


Summary

Theory and research agree on the importance structured out of-school-time (OST) activities have on the positive development of youth (Mahoney et al., 2005). Sports participation, the most pervasive OST activity (Larson & Verma 1999), has been associated with improved academic performance in school, improved probability of attending tertiary level education, and greater autonomy and satisfaction in one’s first job (Barber et al., 2001). The parents of youth athletes have been reported to be an important influence on young people’s participation and accomplishment in sport and fulfil different and evolving roles as youth athletes develop (e.g., Bloom, 1985; Hellstedt, 2987, 1995; Sheridan, Coffee, & Lavallee, 2014). Harwood and Knight (2015) highlighted the need for parents to develop a range of interpersonal and organisational skills to support their child athletes. Furthermore, they argued the need for “published, field-based intervention research specifically with sport parents” (Harwood & Knight, 2015, p.33), that addresses parents educational and support role needs.

With the aim of addressing the educational and support role needs of parents of youth athletes, the aims for the current research study are to identify:-

1. Ideal parental support and involvement in youth sport across the sampling, specialisation and investment years;

2. What can be done to help develop/improve parental involvement in the sampling, specialisation and investment years youth sport?

3. Development, implementation, and evaluation of an education program for parents of youth athletes in the sampling, specialisation and investment years?


Essential criteria

  • To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Masters at 65%
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Practice-based research experience and/or dissemination
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Work experience relevant to the proposed project
  • Publications - peer-reviewed
  • Experience of presentation of research findings
  • Use of personal initiative as evidenced by record of work above that normally expected at career stage.

Funding

    The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:

    Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)

    Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)

    Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)

    Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Department for the Economy (DFE)

    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies


Other information


The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Friday 7 February 2020

Interview Date
March 2020


Applying

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Campus

Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses


Contact supervisor

Dr Lee-Ann Sharp


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