Dr Oliver Witard

Sport University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

Before coming to work at Stirling, I previously worked as a post-doctoral research fellow (2008-10) and doctoral candidate (2005-08) in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at The University of Birmingham.

My doctoral and postdoctoral work was under the supervision of Professor Kevin Tipton.


  • RATE nomination for Excellence in teaching in the School of Sport
  • RATE nomination for Excellence in teaching in the School of Sport
  • Nominated for Rank Prize Award in Sports Nutrition, Cumbria, UK
    Rank Prize Funds

Community Contribution

  • The Big Bang Science Festival. How does muscle change with age? Interactive visual workshop on age-related changes in muscle mass and quality
  • Scotland Hockey Consultant
  • Scottish Ballet Consultant
  • Scotland Conservatoire Ballet School Consultant
  • Public engagement event with St Mary’s Episcopal Primary School. Coordinated the ‘Food for fitness’ event at the Dunblane Hydro Science Fair and interactive visual class tour of research facilities at the University of Stirling
  • Birmingham City FC consultant
  • Warwickshire Cricket Club
  • Northampton Saints Rugby Club consultant

Divisional/Faculty Contribution

  • Board member of Graduate School Committee
  • Board member of School of Sport Research Ethics Committee
  • Chair of School of Sport Research Ethics Committee
  • Coordinated School of Sport student open days


  • PhD Protein Feeding and Exercise Recovery
    DescriptionProtein Feeding and Exercise Recovery
    Type of educationDoctorate
  • MSc Exercise Physiology
    Type of educationMaster's degree (Postgraduate)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
    Type of educationBachelor's degree


  • The impact of post-exercise protein-leucine ingestion on subsequent performance and the systemic, metabolic and skeletal muscle molecular responses associated with recovery and regeneration (Andre Nelson)
  • MPhil - An increase in copy number of Myosin Light Chain Kinase 1 associates with increased force production in Lithuanian athletes (David Hunter)
  • Nutrition and hydration implications for trained athletes (Sophie Killer)
  • MSc Sport Nutrition. Research project title: Effects of exercise induced hypo-hydration on sport specific skill performance among cricketers playing in hot and humid conditions. (Prasanna Gamage)
  • MSc Sport Nutrition. Research project title: Effects of fish oil supplementation on oxygen economy in trained cyclists (Alina Petre)

Other academic activities

  • Journal review activities (multiple journals)
    MeritJournal editor
  • Active member of steering group for NHS Scotland initiative for nutrition support of elderly black and minority ethnic populations
    MeritBoard member

Professional membership

  • European College of Sports Sciences
    European College of Sports Sciences.
  • American College of Sports Medicine
    American College of Sports Medicine
  • Scottish Crucible
    Type of qualificationOther
  • Physiological Society outreach group for musculoskeletal ageing research
  • Society of Experimental Biology
    Society of Experimental Biology
  • American Physiological Society
    American Physiological Society
  • The Nutrition Society
    The Nutrition Society

Professional qualification

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Learning
    Type of qualificationDiploma
  • ESPEN sponsored Intensive Course in Tracer Methodology in Metabolism
    Type of qualificationCertificate
  • International Society for Anthropometry and Kinanthropometry
    Type of qualificationCertificate

Research personal statement

  • My research interests are focused towards how exercise and nutrition influence muscle metabolism in healthy (i.e., athletes) and vulnerable (i.e., older adults and obese patients) populations.

Teaching personal statement

  • In 2007, I was awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Learning.

University Contribution

  • Board member of University Research Ethics Committee
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