Studentship, MRes Research Project
Application closing date 19/06/2019
Salary Studentship Bursary: Full time (1 year) Fees only (£4870)
MRes Research Project in collaboration with Street Soccer (Scotland)
Edinburgh Napier University is home to forward-thinking people inspired by the world around them. We create and support personalised learning and research opportunities that develop talent and solutions that really work and matter in today's and tomorrow's world. Edinburgh Napier University currently hosts The Scottish Institute for Policing Research, a partnership between 14 Scottish Universities, Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.
The School of Applied Sciences is recognised for the quality of the educational provision we offer, the employability of our graduates and the international reputation and partnerships we have. This is an exciting opportunity for a studentship with us : MRes Research Project in collaboration with Street Soccer (Scotland)
Project title: Positive Change Through Football, Inside and Out
Street Soccer Background/Context: Street Soccer Scotland provide free football sessions for people who may be excluded for any reason: e.g. homeless; alcohol or drug rehab; mental health; ex-offenders etc. We engage with players at our sessions and through the power of football, we build relationships and trust in the hope that we can help them to make life changes through personal development programmes, such as our Street Soccer Coach award SCQF, volunteering, and by using our network to make positive changes in their lives.
Street Soccer Project: Over the past 15 months we have piloted a programme in three prisons. We host a 6 - 10 week programme (half a day per week) with up to 14 players (prisoners) within the prison: `classroom` work engages the group in exercises, challenges and scenarios to encourage team working, while on the pitch, players are taken through model coaching sessions by Street Soccer coaches, asking them to think as coaches not just as players. Players progress to planning drills and sessions for delivery to other groups: planning is discussed on pitch and in the classroom and players will practice delivery and refine details over a number of weeks, building their own development portfolio. Towards the end of the programme, players plan and deliver a coaching event to another group of prisoners. Throughout the programme we highlight teamwork and skills transfer to daily life. Players build and gain relationships, trust and an introduction to Street Soccer programmes available post release. This encourages continued engagement with Street Soccer who will support them to develop and follow a positive pathway on the outside.
MRes project: We have received funding from the Spirit of 2012, Scottish Government, Sport Scotland and Robertson Trust, Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity Fund to deliver the programme in three different prisons, three times per year. This will include supported introduction to Shelter housing and Apex employment charities.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable MRes student to work with Street Soccer and our partners to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of this exciting and unique project. You will be based at Edinburgh Napier University and Street Soccer HQ in Edinburgh, but may be expected to travel to other cities to meet staff and players.
This is a great opportunity for students who wish to experience working with people from the more disadvantaged areas of society. You will gain an understanding of the power of sport for personal development and to address social issues. Sensitivity, care, compassion and understanding is expected at all times with player welfare being paramount.
The project will predominantly utilise a quantitative approach but will also require qualitative analysis so knowledge and experience with these methods will be desirable.
Entry Criteria: UK 1st Class / 2.1 Bachelor's degree in Psychology, or related discipline within the Social/Applied Sciences
To Apply: Please email a cover letter and CV to A.McIntyre@napier.ac.uk by midnight on 19th June
Interview Date: Early July
Start Date: October 2019
Studentship Bursary: Full time (1 year) Fees only (GBP 4870)