Dr Owen Spendiff


Owen has been the Field Leader of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Kingston University for ten years. Under his tenure the Sport Science Degree Courses at Kingston are now ranked first in England in the Guardian league tables (2nd in the UK) and the students consistently provide the highest satisfaction rates in the National Student Survey for teaching and learning.

Owen's research is very much focussed on Sport Nutrition with recent PhD student projects focused on High Flavanol Dark Chocolate and also different algae such as Spirulina and Chlorella analysing their effects on oxygen consumption and performance. Owen is also very active in researching diets for health and exercise with recent PhD projects analysing the effects that Ketogenic diets (High Fat-Low Carbohydrate) have on exercise and performance.  

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • PhD Sport Nutrition
  • MSc Sport and Exercise
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Leisure
  • Cert Ed Higher and Further Education
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

As the Field Leader for SES at KU,  I have demonstrated leadership to the team of academics I managed through a long-term commitment to the delivery of contemporary, student inclusive, vocationally relevant and research-informed courses and modules across all levels, and at Kingston developed our postgraduate portfolio.  I was responsible for the design, vision and validation of degree programmes listed below.


I have been fully responsible for writing and leading on the validation and revalidation(s) of the following degree programmes:

MSc Sport & Exercise (Performance) (Kingston University, 2017)

MSc Sport and Exercise (Health) (Kingston University, 2017)

FdSc Sport Coaching (Kingston University in collaboration with Nescot, 2016)

BSc (hons) Sport Science (Coaching) (Kingston University, 2016)

BSc (hons) Sport Science with Business (Kingston University, 2012

BSc (hons) Sport Science (BASES ENDORSED) (Kingston University, 2012)

BSc (hons) Exercise, Nutrition & Health (Kingston University, 2012)

BSc (hons) Sport Analysis & Coaching (Kingston University, 2012)

FdA in Early Years (SECTOR ENDORSED) (UniS, 2008).

BA (hons) Childhood Studies (UniS, 2007). 

FdA in Early Years (Unis,2007). 

FdSc Personal Training and Sport Performance (REPS Accredited) (UniS, 2005 & 2008). 

FdA in Health and Social Care (UniS, 2006) 

FdSc in Holistic Therapies (UniS, 2004/2006/2008), 

BSc (hons) in Sport Science and Management (UniS, 2004 & 2008). 

Undergraduate courses taught


My research interests are very much focussed on diet and supplements for exercise and health.   Recent Phd projects include the effects of Nitrate, High Flavanol Dark Chocolate and also different algae such as Spirulina and Chlorella and analysing their effects on oxygen consumption and performance. I am also leading projects on Ketogenic diets (High Fat-Low Carbohydrate) while supplementing with glucose and how this might benefit exercise and performance.  The whole high fat or low fat diet argument is fascinating to me and I am dedicated to unravelling some of the mysteries and myths related to our dietary understanding of what it is to be a healthy eater.   

Areas of specialism

  • Sport Nutrition
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Statistics

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 15.


Ronca, Flaminia, Spendiff, Owen and Swann, Nicola (2020) An electromyographic analysis of combining weights and elastic tubes as a method of resistance for exercise. Translational Sports Medicine, 3(2), pp. 164-170. ISSN (online) 2573-8488

Moir, Hannah J., Kemp, Rachael, Folkerts, Dirk, Spendiff, Owen, Pavlidis, Cristina and Opara, Elizabeth (2019) Genes and elite marathon running performance : a systematic review. Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 18, pp. 559-568. ISSN (print) 1303-2968

Pooley, Sam, Spendiff, Owen, Allen, Matt and Moir, Hannah Jayne (2019) Comparative efficacy of active recovery and cold water immersion as post-match recovery interventions in elite youth soccer. Journal of Sports Sciences, ISSN (print) 0264-0414 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Howe, Christopher C.F., Pummell, Elizabeth, Pang, Susan, Spendiff, Owen and Moir, Hannah (2019) Emotional intelligence and mood states impact on the stress response to a treadmill ultramarathon. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(7), pp. 763-768. ISSN (print) 1440-2440

Benedetti, Simone, Al-Tannak, Naser F., Alzharani, Mansour, Moir, Hannah J., Stensel, David J., Thackray, Alice E., Naughton, Declan, Dorak, Mehmet T., Spendiff, Owen, Hill, Natasha, Watson, David G. and Allgrove, Judith (2019) Plasma free fatty acids metabolic profile with LC-MS and appetite-related hormones in South Asian and White European men in relation to adiposity, physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness : a cross-sectional study. Metabolites, 9(4), p. 71. ISSN (online) 2218-1989

Howe, Christopher, Alshehri, Ahmed, Muggeridge, David, Mullen, Alexander, Boyd, Marie, Spendiff, Owen, Moir, Hannah and Watson, David (2018) Untargeted metabolomics profiling of an 80.5 km simulated treadmill ultramarathon. Metabolites, 8(1), p. 14. ISSN (online) 2218-1989

Pooley, Sam, Spendiff, Owen, Allen, Matt and Moir, Hannah J. (2017) Static stretching does not enhance recovery time in elite youth soccer players. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 3(1), e000202. ISSN (online) 2055-7647

Patel, Rishikesh Kankesh, Brouner, James and Spendiff, Owen (2015) Dark chocolate supplementation reduces the oxygen cost of moderate intensity cycling. Journal Of The International Society Of Sports Nutrition, 12(47), ISSN (online) 1550-2783

Muggeridge, David J, Howe, Christopher C F, Spendiff, Owen, Pedlar, Charles, James, Philip E. and Easton, Chris (2014) A single dose of beetroot juice enhances cycling performance in simulated altitude. Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise, 46(1), pp. 143-150. ISSN (print) 0195-9131

Muggeridge, David J., Howe, Christopher C. F., Spendiff, Owen, Pedlar, Charles, James, Philip E. and Easton, Chris (2013) The effects of a single dose of concentrated beetroot juice on performance in trained flatwater kayakers. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 23(5), pp. 498-506. ISSN (print) 1543-2742

Book Section

Ali, B., Spendiff, O. and Brouner, J. (2016) Comparison of locomotive classifications between central and external defenders in elite youth soccer players. In: Favero, Terence , Drust, Barry and Dawson, Brian, (eds.) International research in science and soccer II. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 294-301. ISBN 9781138920897

Conference or Workshop Item

Howe, C.C.F, Pummell, E., Pang, S., Spendiff, O. and Moir, H.J. (2018) Trait emotional intelligence, mood states & cortisol response to a treadmill ultramarathon. In: 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science; 04 - 07 Jul 2018, Dublin Ireland. (Unpublished)

Moir, H.J., Howe, C.C.F., Alsheheri, A., Muggeridge, D., Mullen, A.B., Boyd, M., Spendiff, O. and Watson, D.G. (2018) Novel use of untargetted metabolomic profiling of treadmill ultramarathon running. In: 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science; 04 - 07 Jul 2018, Dublin Ireland. (Unpublished)

Alshehri, Ahmed, Howe, Christopher, Muggeridge, David, Mullen, Alexander B., Boyd, Marie, Spendiff, Owen, Pummell, Elizabeth, Moir, Hannah J. and Watson, David G. (2017) Untargeted metabolomics profiling of ultramarathon exercise simulated on a treadmill in healthy adults. In: MetaboMeeting 2017; 11-13 Dec 2017, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pooley, Sam, Allen, Matt, Spendiff, Owen and Moir, Hannah (2016) The effect of static stretching on muscle recovery following competitive soccer matches. In: European College of Sport Science (ECSS) 21st Annual Congress; 6 - 9 Jul 2016, Vienna, Austria.

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