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Sport Science BSc(Hons): Who teaches this course

Staff teaching on this course

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible. 

Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

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Dr Judith Allgrove (senior lecturer)

Judith's principal teaching areas include human/exercise physiology, extreme environments and ergogenic aids. Dr Allgrove's research focuses on exercise-induced stress, the immune response and the role nutritional interventions have on these responses. She is also interested in the study of markers of cardiovascular/type 2 diabetes risk in relation to exercise and diet. Dr Allgrove is course director for BSc Sport Science.

Dr Pedro Barra (associate professor)

Pedro is the course director for the BSc(Hons) Nutrition (Human Nutrition) degree.

Mr James Brouner (senior lecturer)

James delivers performance analysis across the Sport and Exercise Science course, engaging students with whole performance analysis to examine trends and patterns of play within team and individual sport. James' research interests range from performance analysis in Rugby, Football and other sports to biomechanical analysis of modern and contemporary dance. James is the course director for both the Sport Science (Coaching) BSc (hons) and the Sport Coaching FdSc.

Dr Alison Kelly (associate professor)

Alison is the course director for the BSc(Hons) Biological Sciences degree.

Mr Simon Loftus (lecturer)

Simon leads the delivery of Sport Coaching at Kingston. A current international coach, Simon delivers across all three levels on the Sport Science (Coaching) pathway. Simon's research interests are examining the influence of psychological interventions on both coach and athlete performance in elite sport.

Dr Laura Martinelli (lecturer)

Laura teaches across research methods and sport and exercise psychology which covers a range of traditional and contemporary topics as well as several injury-focused sessions. Laura's primary research interest is vicarious trauma in sport, with a particular focus on the impact that witnessing injury can have upon coaches. More recently, Laura has provided qualitative expertise for research projects concerning topics such as Orthorexia Nervosa and doping education.

Dr Hannah Moir (senior lecturer)

Hannah's teaching area is in health and exercise physiology with interest in exercise prescription and sports injuries. Her research interests include cellular signalling, muscle damage and inflammation with application to conditions such as Type 2 diabetes. Hannah is senior admissions tutor for Sport Science and recruitment and outreach tutor for the faculty. Hannah is also the co-chair of the Sport Exercise Nutrition & Public Health Research Group (SENPHRG).

Dr Elizabeth Opara (head of department)

Elizabeth is Head of the Department of Applied and Human Sciences.

Dr Andrea Petroczi (professor)

Andrea is professor of public health crossing the disciplines of life sciences and social sciences. Her research interests lie in social cognitive processes of using performance enhancing supplements and drugs as well as behavioural choices and food safety.

Dr Beth Pummell (senior lecturer)

Beth's teaching area is in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Beth's research interests centre on the transitions within an athlete's career - and the psychology behind the development of sportsmen and women. She is also interested in the psychological wellbeing of athletes and exercisers. Beth is a BASES-accredited (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) sport scientist for psychology support as well as a British Psychological Society chartered sport psychologist, and she is HCPC registered.

Dr Michelle Richards (lecturer)

Michelle's principal teaching area is sport and exercise biomechanics and also delivers across the coaching and research methods modules. Her current research interests include the biomechanics of technique selection and developing the biomechanics-coaching interface. Michelle is also admissions tutor for Sport Science.

Dr B.Steve Robinson (senior lecturer)

Dr Owen Spendiff (associate professor)

Owen's teaching area is exercise physiology and research methods. He is the Field Leader of Sport and Exercise at Kingston. Owen's research interests lie in keto-adapted diets on exercise performance, fatigue and force velocity relations, upper-body exercises as well as nutritional ergogenic aids.

Dr Nicola Swann (senior lecturer)

Nicola's teaching area is sport and exercise biomechanics. Her current research interests include the effects of growth and development on biomechanics and injury mechanisms during athletic activities. Nicola is also the course director for the joint honours courses.

Dr Samuel Thrower (lecturer)

Sam's teaching area is sport and exercise psychology. His main research interests lie within the field of youth sport and specifically the role parents play in young athletes' psychosocial and talent development. Sam also acts as a consultant for the Youth Sport Trust and Lawn Tennis Association.

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