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1 Apr 2015

Loughborough University PhD graduate receives outstanding research award

A Loughborough University PhD graduate has won an award from the British Psychological Society for her research on the stresses of performance sport.

Dr Rachel Arnold, who completed her PhD at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences shared the ‘Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology’ with Dr Lauren Marsh from the University of Nottingham.

The award is made each year by the British Psychological Society’s Research Board to recognise outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge made in the course of completing a doctorate in Psychology.

Dr Arnold’s first paper analysed more than 20 years of psychology research to identify and classify the many different organizational stressors that sport performers encounter.

Her second paper developed and validated a new indicator to measure those demands: the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sports Performers (OSI-SP).

Speaking about her award Dr Rachel Arnold said:

“I am delighted to receive this award from The British Psychological Society for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology.

“I would like to thank my PhD supervisors Dr David Fletcher and Dr Kevin Daniels for their support during my doctorate.”

Dr Arnold, who studied for her BSc, MSc, and PhD at Loughborough between 2005 and 2012 was awarded the University’s Sir Robert Martin prize during her time here is now a lecturer in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Bath.

Dr Arnold won her award for these two papers:

Arnold, R. and Fletcher, D., 2012. A research synthesis and taxonomic classification of the organizational stressors encountered by sport performers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Arnold, R., Fletcher, D. and Daniels, K., 2013. Development and validation of the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP). Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology



Notes for editors

Article reference number: April News

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.