A more exciting way of spectating

Why is Volunteering an Experience Worth Paying For (Case Study Golf Events in Scotland)

Project reference number: GSBS-S2018-007-Reid

This project will focus on the experiences of spectators and volunteers at golf events in Scotland. Previous research has found that golf event volunteers value their experiences “behind the ropes” at major competitions so highly that they are willing to pay for the privilege. The price was £75 for Ryder Cup volunteers in 2014. More research into this phenomenon is needed. There is a changing perspective on sport volunteering where rather than focus on what volunteers can do for sport (or events), Government and other agencies are starting to look at the benefits for the individual volunteers. While some research has found benefits of volunteering include increased economic status and increased health and well-being, this has not been considered in relation to golf event volunteers. Volunteering in sport may turn out to be a valuable public health intervention. Is this worth funding?

Application deadline

The application deadline for October 2018 start is 1st of July 2018.

Research supervisors

Candidates are encouraged to contact the following researchers for further details:

Mode of study

This project is available as a

  • PhD: 3 years full-time or 4.5 years part-time
  • 1 + 3 route to PhD: Undertaking MRes 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time + PhD as above


Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.

Specific requirements of the project

The successful applicant will hold the minimum of a first degree (2:1 or above). Previous experience of qualitative research methodology is desirable.