KESS2 PhD in Heathcare Sciences: Acceptability and feasibility of injury prevention workshops imbedded into community running groups

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Professions and applied sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


This project will explore the acceptability and feasibility of injury prevention workshops embedded into community running groups, and its potential effects on long term physical activity participation.

The main aim of the project is to develop “move-well” injury prevention workshops (MWWs) and assess whether embedding these workshops into existing social community running groups helps people to remain physically active long term and does this have an effect on their health and well-being?

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.

What is funded

The KESS2 scholarship will provide a stipend, plus c. £3K a year available to support project-related expenses. Fees will be met by the University.

Starting stipends of £14,198 per year for PhD studentships and £11,358 a year for MRes/MPhil studentships (exact figures subject to confirmation of start date and an income assessment).


3 years


UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply

Applicants for research PhDs at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:

  • a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • a relevant Master's qualification or equivalent.


Applicants must:

  • have a home or work address in the West

    Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their application for KESS

    funding and their enrolment for the course of study

  • have a legal

    right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support,

    and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of

    the scholarship

  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student.

The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.