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Satellite Hosting: The Impact of the Commonwealth Games on the City of Coventry

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees

Duration: Full time - between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2023

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2023

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Tom Bason.


Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

Project details

In recent years, the city of Coventry has embarked on a sports development strategy. Most notably, the city was awarded UK City of Sport in 2019 and is included in Birmingham's hosting of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with rugby sevens, judo, and wrestling hosted at the Coventry Building Society (CBS) Arena.

Concurrently, amid increased focus on major events' economic, social, and environmental costs, there is pressure on event owners to deliver more sustainable events (Müller et al., 2021). One element of the International Olympic Committees' (IOC) response to this challenge is to spread the host's geographic nature, allowing for additional cities to act as "satellite hosts".

This research project will investigate Coventry as a satellite host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This project will analyse the impact of the Commonwealth Games on the city of Coventry and the strategies employed to lever the event to bring about societal benefits within the city. It will also inform event owners, such as the Commonwealth Games Federation and the IOC, as to the viability of hosting more geographically dispersed events.


Tution fees, bursary and additional allowances. 


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Candidate specification

  • A bachelor's (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), or an equivalent award from an overseas institution.
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
  • An adequate proficiency in English must be demonstrated by applicants whose first language is not English. The general requirement is a minimum overall IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four sections, or the TOEFL iBT test with a minimum overall score of 95 with a minimum of 21 in each of the four sections.

 For further details please visit:  https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/making-an-application/research-entry-criteria/

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Tom Bason.

Details of all available research opportunities at Coventry University can be found via


All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus an up-to 2000-word supporting statement  showing how the applicant's expertise and interests are relevant to the project.


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