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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

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    HR Advisor

    The RYA is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced HR Advisor to provide day-to-day support to managers and employees in relation to all aspects of HR in compliance with statutory obligations and best practice. Reporting to the Finance Director, this will include:

    • Review and development of relevant policies and procedures
    • Provision of advice and training to managers in relation to employee performance
    • Assistance to managers with general HR matters, ensuring consistent interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures
    • Active involvement in managing the recruitment process including preparation of documentation
    • Leading the induction programme for new employees
    • Management of contracts and maintenance of employee information in accordance with the Data Protection Act
    • Supporting the transition to a new online HR system
    • Coordination and administration of training and development programmes and liaison with external training bodies
    • Provision of confidential ad hoc advice and assistance to employees

    About You:

    • CIPD qualified, preferably Level 5/7
    • Up-to-date knowledge of employment law and employer best practice
    • Knowledge and experience to confidently support managers in good HR practice
    • Committed to inclusive working, ensuring equality and valuing diversity
    • Ability to build relationships and gain trust
    • Meticulous attention to detail
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to remain visible to managers and employees in a busy environment
    • Organised and methodical
    • Ability to manage and process sensitive information while maintaining a high level of confidentiality
    • Experience of HR databases and software systems
    • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office

    Salary £27,500 - £30,000 pa, 35 hours per week

    Range of benefits including generous pension scheme, free life insurance, 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.

    Interested, please apply here.

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    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity

    Understanding Decision Making in Elite Sailing

    Fully funded PhD studentship in Sport Psychology

    Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Chichester Institute of Sport

    Applications are invited for a fully-funded, four-year PhD studentship working with the British Sailing Olympic programme to begin on the 1st October 2017. This PhD is registered at the University of Chichester, West Sussex and the successful applicant will be embedded within the English Institute of Sport’s (EIS) Performance Psychology Team. The successful applicant will be mainly based at the British Sailing Team’s Performance Unit, in Portland.


    As the national governing body, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has the responsibility to help Britain’s brightest sailing and windsurfing talents fulfil their potential, from the early stages of their competitive careers to the pinnacle of winning Olympic medals. Success breeds success and the RYA has been able to establish one of the best sport development programmes in the world built on the platform of multiple Olympic triumphs.

    The English Institute of Sport (EIS) whose mission is to pioneer the delivery of science, medicine and technology services to drive medal success at Olympic, Paralympic and international competition work closely with the RYA in a collaborative partnership to help deliver repeatable success on the world stage.

    This PhD is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to be immersed in one of the leading sports within the UK Sport High Performance System and look to deliver performance impacting research which helps deliver Olympic success at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and beyond. The role will involve leading the research aligned to a key strategic performance objective for the Tokyo cycle and working closely with a number of key stakeholders, athletes, coaches and support staff within the British Sailing Team. Being based at the Performance Unit in Portland, the role will link into day-to-day practices on the programme and will quickly become an integral part of the Sport Science and Medicine Team where their research will look to inform applied work on the coal-face of elite performance.


    The purpose of this PhD project is to develop an in-depth understanding of decision making and its influence on elite level sailing performance. Part of the project will require the student to validate a working definition of decision making that can be profiled, monitored and reviewed using available performance data. The development and validation of such profile will then aim to facilitate theoretical understanding of decision-making in sailing and lead to the development of interventions to improve decision-making under pressure, which has applications across classes and throughout the performance pathway.

    Applications from those with a postgraduate qualification in psychology, sport psychology, experimental psychology or a related area are welcomed. A good knowledge and understanding of skill acquisition and decision making would also be desirable.

    The main outcome from this PhD will be to disseminate knowledge to coaches and practitioners to enhance their working practice with sailors throughout the performance pathway of British Sailing.

    Essential criteria: Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS); a distinction (or working towards a distinction) in a BPS accredited MSc Sport Psychology programme or related discipline; evidence of excellent communication and time-management skills; and an in-depth understanding of quantitative research methods.

    Desirable criteria: Registered for the Stage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) to become a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and evidence of an ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

    Supervisory team: The project will be supervised by Dr Jenny Smith (University of Chichester, Chichester), Paul Mullan (Head of Sport Science & Medicine, British Sailing Team) and Dr Kate Hays (Head of Psychology, English Institute of Sport).

    Fees: The studentship will provide full-time PhD student fees waiver of £4,250 p.a. and a bursary of £14,000. For International candidates, the difference between the international fees and UK fees must be paid by the candidate.

    To apply, please go to and complete the online application form.

    Deadline for applications: Monday 21st August, 2017.

    Interviews will be held on the 29th / 30th August 2017. 

    Please direct all enquiries to Professor Iain Greenlees ( or Dr Jenny Smith (

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