School of Sport Health and Exercise Science
At the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science we study how the world around us affects our bodies and our psychology. Our researchers use multiple methods to conduct experiments. For example, exercise can be used as a tool to help us understand and manage chronic health conditions. We also use advanced facilities to test the limits of human endurance.
Our students and staff research the effects of both internal and external factors on the human body using a variety of specialised equipment. By using an interdisciplinary research approach we capitalise on our outstanding educational, research and innovation facilities.
The School has received funding from many notable organisations, including the Olympic Studies Centre, the UK Fire and Rescue Service, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Premier League – and these collaborations have led to a wide range of new research facilities, including a sub-zero chamber suitable for Arctic and Antarctic testing, laboratories which feature treadmills and various ergometers, and 3D hardware to track and analyse motion.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and research informed courses in the sport, health and Exercise science domain. Both our undergraduate and postgraduate degree pathways reflect the thematic strengths of the school providing an educational platform that bridges the gap between science and application, creating a diverse and comprehensive educational experience for our students.
A degree through our School is more than just a stepping stone – we offer experience in the field of applied science, sports management and collaborative research in the commercial industry and the international community.
In submissions to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) our impact cases studies did very well – notable submissions included our 'Improving understanding and changing protocols for the rescue and resuscitation of immersion victims', and 'Improving sports bra design and breast health through biomechanics' research. We're proud that 100% of our research impacts are rated as either outstanding or very considerable in terms of its reach and significance. Our school environment for research is rated as either internationally excellent or internationally recognised in terms of its quality, significance and rigour.
Our areas of research expertise
Explore the work we're doing across our three areas of expertise in Sport & Exercise Science research.
We investigate the physiological and psychological responses to some of the harshest environments on Earth, and our research informs the selection, preparation and protection of individuals required to perform in these conditions.
We investigate the factors influencing the effective function of organisations, and provide the evidence needed to develop safe and fair policies and standards for people working in arduous or physically-demanding occupations.
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