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Team GB Competitors, Community, Climate PhD cluster


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

31 May 2021

About our partnership with Team GB

The University’s partnership with Team GB was announced in January 2019 and includes the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The partnership is borne out of a synergy between the University’s ambitions and values, and those of Team GB, and is built on the belief that there is the extraordinary in everyone. The partnership has gone from strength to strength, and we have recently announced double Olympic Champion, Max Whitlock, as our new ambassador as part of our two-year anniversary celebrations.

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Team GB Competitors, Community, Climate PhD cluster

In a further exciting development in this unique partnership, we are delighted to announce the launch of three PhD projects which will be delivered in close collaboration with Team GB. The three studies are about sustaining the future of individuals, society as a collective, and the environment. These exciting and innovative PhD projects all uphold the values of Olympism, are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will be integral to Team GB’s work on and commitment to three important themes of social impact, sustainability, and life beyond sport.


We are now recruiting postgraduate researchers to join us as part of this cluster on 3 distinct but interlinked projects:

Green2Gold: socially-prescribed greenspace exercise as a route to tackling health inequalities in the East Riding of Yorkshire

This project centres around the theme of social impact, and the role of sport in helping us all to become healthier. The aim of this PhD programme is to develop a scalable model for effectively implementing socially-prescribed greenspace activity in economically-disadvantaged communities.

Race to Zero: an Olympic journey

This project centres around the theme of sustainability. Elite sport has many benefits for global society, however, it has its own significant environmental footprint which should be recognised and minimised. This aim of this project is to help Team GB map, understand and reduce its carbon footprint.

Life Beyond Sport: sustaining Team GB athletes post elite sport: Skills, careers, and mental health considerations

This project centres around the theme of an athlete’s life beyond sport. Retirement from sport is an extremely significant ‘hot topic’ in contemporary sports research and is an area of huge importance to Team GB. This research aims to fill the gaps in this area and to provide critical knowledge that can be used to support athletes’ careers and well-being in their life beyond sport.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Research training 

The University of Hull will provide you with high quality doctoral research training, designed to promote open-minded and outward-facing researchers, ready to collaborate across disciplines, and to partner with industry and other non-academic organisations. The successful applicants will be based in either the Energy and Environment Institute  (Race to Zero) or the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, within the Faculty of Health Science (Life Beyond Sport and Green2Gold), and be part of a vibrant and supportive postgraduate research environment.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help. 

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The Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the college is here to help you achieve your potential. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain the slavery.

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