PhD Studentship – Safeguarding Children in Sport and Sport for Development


PhD Studentship – Safeguarding Children in Sport and Sport for Development

The Brunel Centre for Sport, Health and Wellbeing is delighted to be able to offer this outstanding opportunity. We invite applicants for a PhD studentship funded by International Inspirations. Deadline 02 August 2013.

About the School of Sport and Education

The School of Sport and Education is comprised of the Sport Sciences and Education subject areas, both of which have been consistently rated highly in national league tables. This reflects a strong tradition in Sport and Education coupled with significant recent investment in state-of-the-art sports and laboratory facilities for research and teaching.

The School offers a vibrant mix of young researchers working alongside more experienced colleagues. Within Sport Sciences we have two research centres: the Brunel Centre for Sport Health and Wellbeing (BC.SHaW) and the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance (CSMHP).

In 2012 a group of organisations working in sport and development came together to look at how sports provision could be made safer (including UNICEF UK, Sport and Development platform, UK Sport, Keeping Children Safe and the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit).

This group developed a set of standards for safeguarding children in sport. These standards are now being piloted by 50 organisations around the world. This PhD studentship is part of a larger funded project to explore the experiences of stakeholders (staff members, community, parents and children, partners etc.) in this pilot in order to help develop a final version of the standards along with illustrative case studies. This project will be supervised by Dr Daniel Rhind and Dr Laura Hills.

For informal discussions about this project, please contact Dr Daniel Rhind by e-mail at .

The successful candidate will have a relevant post-graduate degree or an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 or 1st in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, sociology, social policy, international development) and will have experience of conducting qualitative participatory research.

Experience of working within the sport/sport for development or international development sector and/or in safeguarding children, conducting research in the developing world, and of doing research with children is an asset.

The candidate will be:

  • Well organised
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong in both oral and written communication
  • Culturally sensitive

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to by 12 Noon on Friday 02 August 2013.

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A single-page A4 personal statement outlining why you are a suitable candidate
  • An example of your academic writing of 1000 words (e.g., journal paper or your dissertation).
  • Names and contact details for three referees (two academic and one personal).

A studentship of £15,726 plus Home/EU tuition fees for a maximum of three years is available to support the successful applicant. 

For further information, please contact our Research Administrator on +44 (0)1895 266 492 or


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Matthew Ruuska


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