The School conducts world leading research in the sciences of sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation. Our mission is to address one of the key challenges facing contemporary societies: increasing the quantity and quality of lifelong engagement in physical activity to enhance health and wellbeing. We are interested in finding new ways to support the physical activity and sport needs of all individuals and communities ranging from elite athletes to young children, elderly exercisers, inactive groups and those recovering from illness or injury. Our School is one of the longest established in Europe for scientific research in this area. We were ranked first in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with 100% of our staff entered in this exercise; 60% of our research activity was rated as being at an internationally excellent or world-leading level.
The School is able to meet students’ aspirations by offering research degrees across a wide range of areas from exercise science to sport coaching. We have expertise in both physiological and social sciences. Housed in state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities, we are expanding in size and scope both within the School and through our strong collaborations within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, and with the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. The School also works closely with professional sports and practitioner bodies, and we have developed unique partnerships with, among others, the Professional Golfers’ Association and the Football Association. In this multi-disciplinary environment, students can gain valuable academic and employability skills leading to a wide range of career outcomes.
The School is organised into four cognate research/teaching groups within which it nurtures its discipline-specific scientific excellence: Exercise Physiology with Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism; Movement Rehabilitation with Motor Control & Physiotherapy; Sport & Exercise Pedagogy with Sport Policy, and Sport & Exercise Psychology with Behavioural Medicine. Research involves an interdisciplinary approach integrating the expertise and analytical skills of the School’s four research groups. Through our research and teaching, we contribute to five interdisciplinary themes:
• Active Lifestyles
• Effective Learning
• Optimal Performance
• Movement Rehabilitation
• Healthy Ageing
The School has a vibrant postgraduate research community with over 50 full-time PhD students registered. It is not, however, just the size of our postgraduate community that is important, but its quality. High quality is achieved through carefully targeted recruitment, supportive supervision arrangements, and by providing formal training in both generic and discipline-specific skills.