Research groups

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is world-leading in multi-disciplinary applied health and sport research recognised internationally for its impact on improving people’s lives. The principles that underpin our work include a commitment to undertaking high quality research that makes a positive and demonstrable impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and society, advancing academic scholarship and upholding the highest ethical practices in research.

Research in the Faculty focuses on three overarching areas:

  • Mechanisms of Change – understanding the ecological, social and biophysical processes underlying health and wellbeing.
  • Lifestyle and Behaviour Change – increasing physical activity, promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles and reducing unhealthy behaviours
  • Service delivery policy and practice – evaluating healthcare and sport interventions, evaluation of health and sport policy and models of practice

Cancer Care Research Group

Male patient with healthcare professional

The group aims to look at cancer solely from the viewpoint of people affected by cancer, putting patients and family members at the centre of its work. Research focuses on management of cancer as a long-term condition and supporting people living with cancer.

Cancer Care

Enhancing Self-Care

WHOP02 Older Person Dementia module

The group aims to support self-care and self-management in a variety of settings.

Group members use person-centred research approaches within health, health care and social care. The research aims to generate understanding about the optimum strategies for self-care and self-management for individuals and for health and social care professionals to support individuals to self-manage.

Enhancing Self-Care

Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition

Antenatal yoga

The group addresses a wide range of integrative research questions ranging from molecular mechanisms through to the whole body level, in both in vivo and ex vivo situations.

Research is undertaken on strategies for increasing muscle anabolism in athletes and exercising individuals, technology and immunology, nutrition and exercise training effects on muscle metabolism in health and disease and physical activity and obesity in adults and children.

Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition

Sport Social Science

Drawing on the disciplines of economics, finance, management, sociology and coaching, the group’s work is concerned with understanding and reflecting critically on the ways in which sport affects and impacts society.

Sport Social Science

Centre for Population Health and Public Health Research

The group has a focus on both methodological and empirical research and includes work on policy, regulatory toxic action research, health impact assessments linked to public engagement with third sector community groups and workers affected by a range of workplace and wider environmental factors.

Centre for Population Health and Public Health Research
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