University of Kent – School of Sport & Exercise Sciences

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University of Kent - School of Sport & Exercise Sciences
Arms of the University of Kent.png
Coat of arms of the University of Kent
Motto Excellence Inspiring Success
Type Public
Affiliation Universities UK Universities at Medway
Chancellor Gavin Esler
Vice-Chancellor Dame Julia Goodfellow[1]
Head of School Professor Louis Passfield
Administrative staff
36
Students 459
Location Medway, United Kingdom
Campus Town
Colours Kent Blue and Kent Red
Website kent.ac.uk/sportsciences
Main Exercise Physiology Lab
Graduatuion
Medway Research
University of Kent student-led Sports Therapy rehabilitation gym, based in Medway Park, Gillingham
University of Kent student-led Sports Therapy clinic, based in Medway Park, Gillingham
Environmental Chamber
Faculty
Respiratory Clinic
Drill Hall Library

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences students have access to world class equipment on campus and at Medway Park, a multimillion-pound sport centre (partly funded by the University). Facilities include a swimming pool, athletics track, sports halls, fitness suite and spa. The park was an approved pre-games training camp for 13 Olympic and eight Paralympic sports for the London 2012 games.[2]

The University of Kent is in the top-ten of UK institutions for Sport Science according to the 2014 Guardian and 2015 Sunday Times and Times’ University Guide League Tables. The School are a research-active School of Sport and Exercise Science within a leading UK University (ranked in the top 16 of UK Universities). The department became the School of Sport and Exercise Science in 2012, having previously been known as the Centre for Sport Studies.

The School of Sport and Exercise Science.[3] consistently produce high-quality research that is published in world-leading journals, and as experts in the fields of sport science and sport therapy, the teaching at the school is informed by the latest research evidence. Teaching aims to balance research and theory, whilst also developing the applied skills that employers value. Students are assisted with the development of their professional skills by supporting work placement opportunities and provision of externally accredited qualifications. The school has introduced new lab facilities at Medway Park to provide a contemporary world-class learning environment for undergraduate and postgraduate students, including final year research projects. These facilities include an environmental chamber, anti-gravity treadmill, and neurophysiology testing equipment.

University of Kent[edit]

The University of Kent is a public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom. The University of Kent is popularly known as the UK's European University and has placed among the top 16 universities in the UK in a general upward trend in league table rankings. The institution also places third for overall satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey (2014), positioning it within a select band of institutions that have achieved an overall satisfaction rate of 90% and above.

Medway Campus[edit]

Medway offers accommodation in the newly developed, 'waterside village', Liberty Quays. Study resources are state-of-the-art in the award-winning and historic Drill Hall Library.

The University of Kent is part of a unique partnership with the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University, known collectively as Universities at Medway. The three institutions share the specially developed Medway campus.

The campus is less than an hour from London (St Pancras) by train, with innovative buildings and facilities. Close to the River Medway and partly based at the Chatham Historic Dockyard, Medway campus houses award-winning buildings, and has an exciting social life with a strong sense of community.

Studying[edit]

Undergraduate (UG)[edit]

Undergraduate courses taught at the University of Kent's School of Sport and Exercise Science are:

Postgraduate (PGT)[edit]

Postgraduate courses taught at the University of Kent's School of Sport and Exercise Science are:

Postgraduate (PGR)[edit]

Postgraduate research courses at the University of Kent's School of Sport and Exercise Science are:

Research[edit]

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) announced that 50% of research within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’.

The School's research submitted for the REF has directly impacted on the performance of athletes. Our research has made a positive impression on the training and performance of coaches and athletes from British Cycling, GB Boxing, GB Swimming, Professional Football clubs, NHS, English Institute of Sport (EIS) and the Ministry of Defence. We have research projects fund-ed by grants from UEFA, World Anti-Doping Agency and the Ministry of Defence. Our specialist laboratories and clinics have recently been enhanced by a £850,000 investment to further improve the £11 million project, developing Medway Park as a regional center of sporting excellence.

Research areas[edit]

The University of Kent's School of Sport and Exercise Science has a research community divided into two multidisciplinary research groups:

  • Endurance Research Group

The aim of this research group is to advance knowledge on endurance exercise and performance. For the purpose of this research group, endurance performance includes not only exercise tolerance and traditional endurance sports like road cycling, but any kind of performance in which resistance to fatigue is important. For example, resistance to mental fatigue in soldiers and repeated sprint ability in team sport players. We define endurance exercise as any form of prolonged exercise.

Academics working within the Endurance Research Group include: Prof Sam Marcora, Dr Glen Davison, Prof Louis Passfield, Andy Galbraith, Dr James Hopker, Lucy Hale, Dr Kristina Dietz, Dr Lex Mauger, Dr Carla Meijen, Dr Mark Burnley, Dr John Dickinson, James S. Hogg

  • Sports Therapy, Physical Activity and Health Research Group

The aim of this research group is to apply sport and exercise sciences to research in sports therapy, health behaviour and various patient groups.

Academics working within the Sports Therapy, Physical Activity and Health Research Group include:Prof Sam Marcora, Dr Karen Hambly, Dr Glen Davison, Prof Louis Passfield, Dr James Hopker, Dr Kristina Dietz, Kyra De Coninck Berthoud, Sadie Jones, Dr Lex Mauger, Dr Carla Meijen, Dr John Dickinson, Steve Meadows, Dr Sam Winter

Services[edit]

High Performance Clinic[edit]

At the High Performance Sports Clinic the School support athletes using an athlete centred multi-disciplinary approach. The University of Kent High Performance Sports Clinic can offer a range of specialist help to athletes and teams. The School's staff have extensive experience working with elite sport and know exactly what it takes to support an athlete to very top of their game.

Sports Ready Clinic[edit]

A student-led sports therapy clinic that provides a range of services under the expert supervision of highly experienced practitioners at the forefront of their fields.

Respiratory Clinic[edit]

The University of Kent’s Respiratory Clinic conducts research and consultancy around the prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of exercise induced asthma (EIA) and dysfunctional breathing problems during exercise.

CPET Testing[4][edit]

The University of Kent's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Medway Maritime NHS run a cardiopulmonary exercise testing service at Medway Maritime NHS specifically testing surgical patients. This service was established in 2011 by Dr James Hopker.,[5] Miss Katharine Richardson (The University of Kent) and Dr Graeme Sanders (Consultant Anaesthetist, Medway Maritime NHS).

Conferences[edit]

World Congress of Cycling Science 2014[edit]

Organised by leading sport scientists at the University of Kent and endorsed by the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the World Congress of Cycling Science 2014 coincided with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Leeds 2014. The World Congress of Cycling Science 2014 invited coaches, sports scientists, medical practitioners, students and researchers to share knowledge from the world of cycling science.The conference programme was designed to stimulate and inspire future collaboration and research-informed practice for the benefit of a new generation of cyclists.

Endurance Research Conference 2015[edit]

The University of Kent are offering a unique conference focused solely on endurance. The programme includes invited talks from world-leading scientists and practitioners, free poster and oral communications, and lots of opportunities for stimulating debates, questions and answers, and networking.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vice-Chancellor – About Kent". Kent.ac.uk. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Approved London 2012 pre-games training camp at Medway Park - A centre of sporting excellence based in Kent". medwaypark.org.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "School of Sport & Exercise Sciences". kent.ac.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "PCPET : Perioperative Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Testing". pcpet.co.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "James Hopker - Google Scholar Citations". google.co.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2015.