Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £14,800.00 gross per year
  • Bangor


Funding amount: Tax-free stipend of approximately £14,800 per annum plus tuition fees and a research allowance

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Bangor University.

Supervisors: Professor Tim Woodman (Bangor University), Professor Nick Peirce (England & Wales Cricket Board)

Project rationale and description: Mental health symptoms and disorders appear to occur frequently in sporting populations, and the sporting environment is associated with a variety of potential triggers including stress and pressure. The nature of the sporting environment also provides unique challenges when players transition through retirement.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) have been at the forefront of reducing stigma around mental health and providing a support structure for players. Indeed, Cricket has had a number of high-profile incidences of wellbeing issues and appears to have some challenging risk factors for individuals within the game. The aim of this PhD studentship is to explore the mental health make-up of the game in order to consolidate further this support structure; specifically to determine the degree to which one can prevent and predict mental health difficulties and support cricketers who develop or have existing mental health difficulties. It is hoped that this project will then inform strategies across the sport for screening and identifying risk and establishing the most effective supporting environment.

Facilities: The project is part of a longstanding partnership between the ECB and Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP), which is housed within Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences (SHES). The laboratories in SHES offer access to outstanding facilities for the full range of sports science research. SHES is situated on the shores of the Menai Strait next to the stunning Snowdonia National Park.

Requirements: The successful applicant will have an undergraduate and/or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. sport science, psychology, medical sciences), with a strong background in research methods and statistics.

A strong work ethic and a genuine enthusiasm for research are essential, as is the ability to work both independently and cooperatively.

Residency requirements: This studentship is open to UK/EU students only.

General information: PhD students are expected to contribute to teaching in the School of SHES.

Further information: In the first instance, please contact Professor Tim Woodman (

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