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New PhD student competition encourages exploration around Sport, Health and Wellbeing topics: Win up to £200

All PhD students from any research area, either as individuals or in maximum groups of three from the same or different disciplines, are encouraged to participate in a competition to explore specific aspects of sport, health and wellbeing and expand the boundaries of their individual research domains.

Participants must sign up and submit a video (up to five minutes long) in response to one of six significant questions in the field of sport, health, and wellbeing. The video does not need to provide a definitive solution, but should serve as a compelling proposal for future research endeavours.

Participants can select one of the following questions as the basis for their video submission:

  • How can the incorporation of data analytics and AI in the realms of sports, health, and wellbeing encourage individuals to engage in self-tracking and monitoring of their health and physical activity?
  • What are the multifaceted factors influencing the incidence, severity, and long-term consequences of injuries in women's sports, and how can this knowledge be leveraged to develop more effective injury prevention and management strategies?
  • What are the economic and societal advantages of investing in initiatives that promote physical and mental wellbeing through sports and recreational activities, and how can these benefits be maximised?
  • How does the inclusivity of sports impact the overall health and long-term sustainability of sports communities or organisations?
  • How does engineering research contribute to the creation of personalised healthcare solutions, tailored to meet the needs of individual patients?
  • How can innovative approaches in sports management and marketing be leveraged to enhance the sustainability and global reach of sports franchises in the digital age?

Participants are encouraged to use readily available tools such as their smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc, to record their videos. The focus will be on content, not quality of production. Participants may choose their preferred format for the video submission.

The deadline for video submissions is Monday 11 December, 12pm.

Judging criteria

The videos will be evaluated on five criteria:

  1. Content : Video shows informative and useful information, appropriate and relevant on the chosen topic with well-organised ideas.
  2. Originality: Video shows unique elaboration through independent and critical thinking.
  3. Engagement: Content of video is conveyed in a manner that is easily comprehensible to a broad audience.
  4. Creativity and Presentation: Effectively utilise graphics, animations, or other visual aids to enhance comprehension and clarity.
  5. Impact: Proposed research in the video has the potential to make a significant and positive contribution to the theme

The judging panel will be formed of experts in diverse domains related to sport, health, and well-being.


  • First place: £200 Amazon voucher and certificate
  • Second place: £100 Amazon voucher and certificate
  • Third place: £50 Amazon voucher and certificate

Winners will be announced on Friday 26 January 2024, and will be followed by an award event on Friday 2 February 2024.

Videos produced by the award recipients may be distributed, and all awardees will be invited to participate in an award ceremony.

Sign up for the competition.

For more information about the competition please contact Erika Huertas del Pino, Strategic Support Administrative Assistant.