The School is one of the leading research departments in the country, as reflected by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which ranked us in the UK top three for research.
We have a vibrant postgraduate community, with over 50 doctoral researchers currently registered. We provide a supportive environment, with plenty of opportunities for you to meet fellow researchers, both socially and to discuss and present your work.
As part of this, we aim to make ensure that you are as well prepared as possible from the start of your doctoral life. When you join us, you will attend an informal introduction to the School, which gives you the opportunity to meet our Director of Postgraduate Research and to learn your PhD. You will also elect your student representatives for the School consultative committee. Finally, welcome drinks will take place in the atrium; this starts with introductions to all members of the School and leads into the first social event of the year.
Support during your PhD
Training and Skills Development
The School holds a number of introductory and welcome sessions for new doctoral researchers on School procedures, how to approach the PhD and teaching skills. As a doctoral researcher here you will have the opportunity to select from a wide range of skills training offered both within the School and by the University Graduate School. You participate in an annual development needs analysis and, as a result, have a structured training plan identifying which courses and activities will help you to meet these needs.
During your PhD you will have monthly review meetings with your supervisor as well as the opportunity to present you research plans and findings to other members of the school to receive feedback and advice.
Most postgraduate students will be invited to assist with undergraduate modules, by taking laboratory demonstrations, engaging in small group teaching (eg, seminars), and helping with assessment. Very occasionally, senior postgraduates may be invited to give a lecture. In all cases, you will be thoroughly prepared for the task.
Facilities and Equipment
The School in based in the largest custom-built Sport and Exercise facility in the UK, with state of the art research labs dedicated to exercise testing and sample analysis across the spectrum of sport and exercise sciences including: physiology, biochemistry, psychophysiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor skills, immunology, muscle mechanics and the neurophysiology of movement. In addition, the School uses a wide range of practical spaces for professional and vocational related research. View a full list of our laboratories.
The following list shows some of the equipment and techniques that we currently use in our research:
- State-of-the-art advanced statistical analyses suites
- 13-camera Vicon MX body motion analysis system
- Multiple Kistler force platforms to measure ground reaction forces
- Wired and telemetry electromyography systems
- Mobile high speed eye tracker to monitor eye movements
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation n Functional magnetic resonance imaging
- Programmable motorised isokinetic dynamometer
- Oxycon-Pro indirect calorimeters
- Treadmills and large video screens for time trial simulation
- Cybex resistance exercise training
- Environmental chamber to investigate fuel and fluid supply at non-ambient temperatures in relation to performance
- Oscillometric and continuous arterial blood and venous pressure
- Electrocardiography, 128-channel electroencephalography, impedance cardiography and limb blood flow
- Full blood count, whole blood viscosity, colloid osmotic pressure, coagulation
- Cell-separation and blood differential, immunochemical assessment, cell and tissue culturing, and sterilisation
- Cardiac, vascular and transcranial Doppler ultrasound circulation imaging
- Laser Doppler flowmetry for skin perfusion and strain gauge plethysmography for limb blood flow
- Respiratory function using mechanical hyperventilation
- Lode cycle ergometers