UK: PhD Scholarship at University of Kent in School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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“Evaluation of a new pilot scheme providing specialist cancer rehabilitation exercise sessions”

Dr. Sakis Pappous invites applications for a full-time PhD Scholarship award. The basic component of this research project will be an evaluation of the service delivery of a new cancer rehabilitation service in an applied setting and to assess the impact of exercise on the physical health and quality of life measures of cancer patients who use the service.

Medway Public Health Directorate and Medway Council have implemented a successful exercise referral programme which is widely used by primary care to support patients becoming more active. Extending the existing exercise referral service to cancer patients has been achieved through a dedicated Macmillan Physical Activity Instructor. The Macmillan Physical Activity Instructor is delivering specific classes and gym programmes for patients undergoing treatment, or post-cancer treatment.

The overall aim of the proposed service is to introduce cancer patients and cancer survivors to opportunities for physical activity and therefore improve their general health/wellbeing, promote recovery from cancer, slow disease progression and reduce the likelihood of re-occurrence.

The project will be a multi-disciplinary study using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methodology.


Working on their own initiative will be a required skill for the successful candidate. In addition, an interest and / or experience of working with cancer patients, or other chronic diseases / illnesses would be an advantage. A minimum requirement for this post would be an awareness of exercise and quality of life issues for clinical groups, along with a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.  A Masters in a relevant subject, such as Health Psychology, is desirable. The successful candidate should be able to analyse psychometric data as well as have an interest in mixed methods research. More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr. Sakis Pappous (

Funding Details

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA): Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University.

The GTA will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils £13,726 in 2013-14).

The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years.

How to Apply

Applications to the University of Kent should be completed on-line at the button below.

Applicants should also send a CV and covering letter to: Nicola Johnson, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent at Medway, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG. A hard copy  can be sent by mail or a scanned copy can be sent to (

Closing date for applications: 4th February 2014. Interviews to be held week commencing the 11th February 2014.

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