PhD studentship

  • Employer Edge Hill University and Everton in the Community
  • Town / City Ormskirk
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary £15285 per annum
  • Position Type 3 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 04/12/2020
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Full-time PhD studentship funded by Everton in the Community: Sport, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

All research students are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. The successful candidate in this case will be housed in the Sports and Physical Activity department.

This PhD studentship is offered by the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University in partnership with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), and with funding provided by the Steve Morgan Foundation and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Community Match Challenge fund.

The COVID-19 syndemic has amplified and widened pre-existing social and health inequalities and has disproportionately disadvantaged the most vulnerable groups living in deprived local communities. This project provides you with an exciting opportunity to co-develop a new bespoke programme of sport-based mental health and suicide prevention work with communities and mental health service providers across the Liverpool City Region. You will play a leading role in the development of a mapping exercise and directory of mental health services in the region and identify ways of developing collaborative ways of working between these services to prevent suicide, and safeguard mental health, across the lifecourse in light of the consequences of the COVID-19 syndemic.

Once the mapping exercise is complete, you will assist in the co-development, delivery and evaluation of a programme of community-based activities (including sport and physical activity) – led by Everton in the Community – which address the social determinants of, and inequalities, in mental health. To undertake these activities, it is essential that you have experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research in sport, mental health and suicide prevention (or related fields), and of working with local communities on mental health projects. You must also be passionate about working with academic researchers, colleagues at Everton in the Community, community sport and physical activity providers, mental health specialists and other community-based organisations whose shared vision is to undertake life-saving, and life-changing, work which will provide the foundations for services provided by Everton in the Community’s planned dedicated mental health facility, The People’s Place.

These studentships will only fund tuition fees for UK students.

Studentship information

This successful applicant will receive:

  • £15,285 stipend p/a for 3 years
  • Fee waiver for 3 years covering the UK rate

Application information

Closing date: Friday 04 December at 13:00.

Fixed interview date: Tuesday 15 December 2020 using Microsoft Teams

The successful applicant must be able to start in January 2021.

To submit your application:

  1. Please complete the application form online.
  2. Once you have done this, please attach a download of your application form, along with a fully completed research proposal (not more than 2000 words excluding references) related to the title you are applying for, as well as a full academic CV and copy of your qualification certificates, and return it by email to quoting the studentship reference number 001/EIC/JAN21 and the project title, in the subject of the email.


Contact us

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Andy Smith (, Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University.

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