Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences PhD Studentship in partnership with English National Ballet

University of East London
December 01, 2022
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Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences PhD Studentship in partnership with

English National Ballet

Location: Other Post Type: Full Time Closing Date: Thursday 01 December 2022 Reference: PHD003R2022

Maintenance Allowance: £18,062 per annum stipend

The University of East London (UEL) invites applications from highly qualified and motivated students for a full-time PhD studentship starting in January 2023.

UEL is offering this premier and unique studentship with full home tuition fees paid for by the English National Ballet and a stipend paid by UEL.

The Department of applied sport and exercise sciences (ASES) resides within the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience and is an innovative academic community, that supports the local community with over 70% of their student population representing those from an African, Asian, Caribbean, or other Global Majority group. We are responsible for delivering high-quality research that is impact-led, intellectually stimulating, and highly socially relevant in order to give back to our community.

UEL's research efforts are shaped by its location in East London - one of the most diverse regions in the UK undergoing rapid social, economic and environmental transformation. Our location presents both challenges and opportunities for thinking and acting on the city's future. In addition, London is at the heart of a rich global landscape and UEL is entwined into this landscape through its research engagement with areas of central and local government, the arts, wellness, science, society, technology, education and health.

The project, in partnership with the English National Ballet, sets out to quantify and understand both the physical and technical aspects of training/rehearsal and performance using both internal and external load to aid in planning subsequent training/rehearsal sessions. Initially, the research will need to understand how to best integrate workload monitoring into future rehearsal and performance cycles and ensure a better understanding of the importance of workload monitoring in the hope for a higher adherence from the dancers and associated staff. This will be followed by gaining insight into any relationship between the scheduling load and the corresponding intrinsic monitoring tools to finally ascertain how manipulating rehearsal impacts loading on the dancers.

This will require multidisciplinary collaboration in order to ascertain suitable protocols to use in applied research settings to develop both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design and data collection. Ideally the applicant will have previous experience in undertaking research in mixed methods approaches or be willing to learn. Applicants should show how their experience and backgrounds can contribute to this as well as their willingness to learn new skill sets and equipment use.


The studentship will cover fees for a period of three years with a maintenance allowance of £18,062 per annum. The candidate will be expected to register in January 2023.


Applicants should have a 1st class, upper second class or international equivalent honours degree in a relevant subject and ideally an appropriate master's level qualification. Evidence of undertaking a practical, primary research project is essential. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and a very high level of written and spoken English. Where English is not the applicant's first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components is required.

UEL is profoundly committed to opening career pathways in research for people from communities who are under-represented in the field, and that includes people from African, Caribbean, Asian, and other global majority groups, as well as people from the geographic communities in which UEL is located. We particularly welcome applicants from these backgrounds.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Engage fully with relevant stakeholders from professional dance companies
  • Complete their doctoral studies and submit their dissertation within 3 years.
  • Prepare papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in and contribute to research activities of the School and activities relevant to their sponsors.
  • Additional Information

    The project requires the successful candidate to engage effectively with staff and performers from the English National Ballet as well as other professional companies.

    The closing date for expression of interests is 1st December 2022. Interviews will take place on 5th December 2022.

    We welcome applications from a diverse range of students; for an informal conversation please contact Dr Andy Galbraith (

    More contact details and background of the specific research groups and coordinators can be located here https: // www. and-bioscience/research

    Application Process:

    Candidates wishing to express their interest should send though to HSB PGR Admin ( the following by 1st December 2022.

    Academic CV and 1000-word research proposal based on the PhD title to include:

  • a summary of the extant literature (no more than 600 words)
  • potential study outlines for the PhD (no more than 4 studies and 100 words per study)
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