PhD Studentship – An Investigation into Women’s and Girls’ Cricket: Evaluating the Participation and Performance Barriers in British South Asian Communities

Collaborative organisations:

We are delighted to announce a new collaborative research group that have connected to redress some of the inequalities in youth and professional cricket in England and Wales. The South Asian Cricket Academy UK (SACA), the ACE Programme, and Take Her Lead have partnered with Birmingham City University to try and better understand the barriers that women and girls face from British South Asian communities as well as design, implement, and evaluate interventions to help inform future policy making.


This is a 36-month (3-year) fully funded PhD Studentship. The successful candidate will receive a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per year (paid monthly) and tuition fees of £4,712 per year. The stipend will increase annually in line with UKRI recommendations. Students may also apply for additional funding to support conference attendance and continual professional development opportunities.

Project overview:

Ethnic minority representation in the UK women’s professional game is below 5%. This is despite the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stating in their South Asian Action Plan that approximately 30% of recreational cricket in England and Wales is played by British South Asians. Consequently, this project is designed to investigate the reasons for the contrast in representation across the recreational and talent pathways, in order to provide practical recommendations for key stakeholders to rectify the barriers identified. This builds on the work that Dr Tom Brown has developed across the British South Asian male provision in collaboration with Birmingham City University, Warwickshire CCC, Essex CCC, and the ECB, which has been disseminated internationally and helped informed national policy making.

Although the specific studies will be designed by the successful PhD candidate with the guidance of the research team, it is envisioned that the project will capture the following study design, which should be considered in the project proposal as part of this application:

  • Review the current literature to outline the potential barriers to participating in sport and/or talent pathways for underrepresented communities.
  • Examine the sociodemographic profile of women’s and girls’ participation and performance pathways.
  • Assess the experiences of women and girls from British South Asian communities who have engaged in the (pre)existing participation and performance pathways in cricket.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate relevant interventions based on the barriers and experiences presented by women and girls from British South Asian communities, in order to help create wider access to participation and performance pathways as well as inform future policies in cricket.
  • Person specification:

    • An upper second-class (2:1) undergraduate degree or above in a sport-related discipline.
    • Previous experience of working within a sporting organisation.
    • Available to work evenings and weekends due to the demands of events, training, and data collection.
    • Experience of conducting applied research through qualitative research methodologies.


    The successful candidate’s research will be supervised by an interdisciplinary research team, consisting of Dr Adam L. Kelly (Director of Studies) and Dr Laura Hodgson. You will also have industry supervision from a working group including Tom Brown (SACA), Ebony Rainford-Brent (ACE), Chevy Green (ACE), Isa Guha (Take Her Lead), and Jayde Ellis (Take Her Lead). For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Adam L. Kelly at [email protected]

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    Application procedure:

    To apply, please complete the project proposal form, ensuring that you quote the project code (PNF4312), and then complete the online application where you will be required to upload your proposal (in place of a personal statement) as a pdf document. You will also be required to upload two references (one academic reference and one professional reference), and your qualification/s of entry (Bachelor/Masters certificates and transcripts). Supporting documents will include:

    • Curriculum vitae – no more than two pages
    • Research proposal – up to 2,000 words on the experimental research you would complete whilst in this role based on the project overview above
    • Evidence of your qualifications
    • One academic reference and one professional reference
    • International applicants must also provide a valid passport and any current or previous UK visa/s, an English language qualification (valid Academic IELTS certificate with overall score 6.5 with no band below 6.0 or equivalent; equivalent qualifications can be viewed here ), and TB certificate (if applicable; relevant countries can be viewed here )

    Please follow this link to apply:

    Application deadline: 

    Friday 14th July 2023

    Successful candidates start date: 

    1st February 2024

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