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School of sport, health & Exercise

Discover the teaching and research activities taking place within our School of Sport, Health and Exercise

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.

Gender equality commitment

At the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science we hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award. This represents our commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research.

Athena SWAN principles are central to the development of our School. They encourage, support and reinforce our evaluation process. This helps us identify areas of equality and inclusivity to work on. We perform annual culture surveys of our staff and research students to monitor how our gender equality aims impact them.

Our aims for gender equality

  • Investigate the factors that influence females’ choice of degree and university to increase our recruitment of female students to our undergraduate courses
  • Give part-time PhD students a better work-life balance through online support
  • Consult our staff on committee membership and career development
  • Implement transparent allocation of committee membership
  • Make sure, where possible, there's an even gender split for invited speakers at events hosted by our School
  • Develop and maintain a school-based Athena SWAN e-learning site to inform our staff of Athena SWAN issues
  • Increase the support we give staff returning from parental leave
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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.

To see all of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, visit our sport science subject area page. We also offer short courses and continuing professional development courses that cover all aspects of sport and exercise science.


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.

Our staff

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Professor Richard Thelwell

  • Job Title Head of School
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  • Department School of Sport Health and Exercise Science
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
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Dr Jo Corbett

  • Job Title Associate Head (Research)
  • Email Address
  • Department School of Sport Health and Exercise Science
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
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Dr Mike Rayner

  • Job Title Associate Head (Education)
  • Email Address
  • Department School of Sport Health and Exercise Science
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health

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