These are the staff based in the Community of Sport and Exercise Sciences who will support you with your studies in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sports Therapy, Strength and Conditioning or Exercise, Fitness and Health.

Our staff have expertise and experience in a diverse range of areas in Sport and Exercise Sciences. On each of the staff profiles, you can find a brief description of their main research and teaching interests. If you have any questions, you will also find staff contact details available here, as well as useful links on the home page of the blog.

Yvonne Hopkinson

Yvonne is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Senior Tutor for the Community of Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences. She teaches on physiology modules throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Her research interests are in the area of physical activity, pregnancy, and antenatal education.

Rodrigo Aspe

Rod is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Leader for Strength and Conditioning. He delivers a range of strength and conditioning modules across each year of the undergraduate programme. He has particular interests in weightlifting movements for non-weightlifting athletes and training intensity, volume and frequency and endurance performance.

Dr. Meghan Brown

Meghan is a Lecturer is Sport and Exercise Nutrition. She has always been interested in how health and wellbeing is influenced by diet. She actively engages in the national and international research community of sport and exercise nutrition and consider herself lucky to share her knowledge, experiences and passion with both undergradute and postgraduate students.

Richard Clarke

Rich is a Senior Lecturer is Strength and Conditioning. He is a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. As an experienced practitioner, he also contributes to the Sports Coaching programme.

Daniel Cowen

Dan is a Senior Lecturer in Sport, Fitness and Physical Activity. Dan is interested in sport and exercise and enjoy linking contemporary research on health and fitness to a practical environment. He is always trying to gain a better understand the human body with respect to health, exercise and performance.

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Mark is a Professor of Paediatric Sport and Exercise. His interests lie in paediatric sport and exercise with an emphasis on injury prevention. He works predominantly with football clubs to identify injury risk in academy players and providing advice on recovery strategies and screening techniques.

Dr. Martine Deighan

Martine is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology. She has taught and led a range of biomechanics modules across courses. She also enjoy revisiting her physiology background in other modules. Having recently trained in Strength and Conditioning as well as Corrective Exercise she puts those skills to use in a new Advanced Programme Design module as well as in core biomechanics modules.

Dr. Simon Fryer

Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and is the Director of Laboratories. As an exercise physiologist that has research interests in health, disease and sport performance, he delivers a range of Sport and Exercise Science modules. He has particular interests in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, new non-invasive assessments of vascular function, and gaining a better understanding of blood flow and oxygen changes in high level rock climbers.

Kirsty Hopgood

Kirsty is a Lecturer in Sports Therapy. Kirsty is a passionate and dedicated sports therapist and thrives in an environment where she can educate and develop future sports therapists. She continues to maintain her practical skills, working in ice hockey at club and national level as well as in a private practice delivering a sports therapy service to a variety of athletes.

Dr. Stephen How

Steve is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology. He joined the university in 2007 after undertaking PhD research at Brunel University. He teaches sport and exercise physiology on a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Steve’s research interests centre on respiratory muscle function and how respiratory muscle fatigue might limit exercise performance. He is also interested in the assessment of lung function particularly in relation to exercise-induced asthma.

Danielle Parker

Dani is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy and the Academic Course Leader for the MSc Sports Therapy programme. Dani thoroughly enjoys treating a range of clients and athletes and is now able to share these experiences through her teaching and hopes to get future sports therapists excited about the opportunities in this growing profession.

Eve Scarle

Eve is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise. She has a keen interest in how exercise and physical activity can be used to improve health and prevent, or treat chronic diseases. She coordinates a range of rehabilitation programmes that are run at Oxstalls Campus. She believes students learn best when they have the opportunity to gain practical experience alongside their classroom-based learning.

Sarah Shaw

Sarah is a Lecturer in Sports Therapy. She is an energetic hardworking multidisciplinary team player. She is passionate about teaching and learning and sharing her knowledge with students to inspire them to achieve and progress into a well-rounded clinician.

Mark Tabrett

Mark is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology. He has a life long passion for sport and exercise, particularly in football, badminton, rugby and training. This has lead to an interest in how the body works and adapts to the stresses and strains placed on it.

Dr. Nicola Theis

Nicola is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. She joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2017 after lecturing for three years at St Mary’s University. Her research areas of interest centre around musculoskeletal biomechanics in paediatric and clinical populations.

Dr. John K. Parker

John is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and his research interests are in the area of imagery and performance. He is also a keen endurance runner at club and county level and has represented England at master’s level cross country.

Dr. Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning. He joined the University in 2012 after undertaking PhD research at Massey University in New Zealand. He a member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC).

Katie Davies

Katie Davies is the Academic Course Leader for the BSc (hons) in Sports Therapy.
Katie believes that helping athletes return from injury is an extremely rewarding role and hopes that sharing her knowledge with undergraduate students will inspire them to achieve a successful career.

Kate Cady

Kate Cady is a Senior Lecturer is Sports Therapy.
Kate wanted to work in sport after going to my first football game at the age of 11. She feels privileged to have worked with some fantastic athletes and that her job has taken her all over the world.

Samantha Barry-Wilson

Samantha is the Academic Subject Leader for the Community of Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences. She has a background in Sports Therapy and has a passion for athlete wellness.