During the days when Ian was an undergraduate student, he and some of his fellow students were asked to take part in the film “Chariots of Fire’, as extras. Ian remembers it fondly, saying “We were quite well-paid for it and it was great fun. What’s more, we were fed for 10 days and got a free hair cut – American GI-style ! We were in quite a few scenes, including this one, at the ‘pre-Olympics training ground’. We did this scene several times and we all had muscle soreness the next day, because we must have repeated the same exercises countless times”. It was all part of the Sports Science experience for Ian.
“I am overjoyed to be given this award and so grateful to the students who voted for me” said Ian, upon receiving his Faculty student-led award for personal tutoring. Ian went on to say, “Teaching is at the heart of my raison d’etre and it’s what attracted me to a University career. I really enjoy interacting with students”. The awards are made for excellence in teaching-related work, during the academic year and arise from students themselves, who can vote to highlight the academic work of particular tutors.
Thursday the 28th July was the Graduation Day for the Department of Life and Sports Sciences at Rochester Cathedral. It was a great day for celebration of the wonderful achievements of Sports Science students, most of whom joined the University of Greenwich at Medway in 2013, which is before Ian started his post at Medway.
“It was great to see the outstanding achievements of Sports Science students, the majority of whom achieved First Class or Upper Second Class honours awards. It was also really great to see Sports Science students being not only awarded their honours degrees, but also being awarded other prizes (such as those for Sports representation at national and international level)”.
Ian was involved in the academic procession, in his University of Leeds PhD hat and gown (pictured).
Prof Swaine has recently finished a very rewarding and interesting 4-year period as External Examiner at Bucks New University. He has been one of the External Examiners for the emerging Sports Science degree programme there.
“I have really enjoyed working with my fellow Sports Science professionals at Bucks New University over the last 4 years. Not only have I had an opportunity to act in a formal examiner role but I have also been involved (in a very rewarding way) in more informal activities, such as emerging research work at PhD level within the Sports Science area at Bucks New. They are certainly a force to be reckoned with, in the national Sports Science field !”.
Current Greenwich student, Avril Loynes, has begun her six-week work placement with Ian based on his recent research work on ‘Exercise Rehabilitation Programmes in Patients Who Have Undergone Surgery for Cancer’, at both the University of Greenwich and Maidstone Hospital.
Avril is currently preparing to begin her final year Sports Science (BSc Hons) degree program with the view to progressing to a Physiotherapy Master’s program. Avril is excited to work with the research and development department at Maidstone, to gain an insight into research as a career and a feel for the working life of an allied health professional.
Mr Dan Baddeley-White has begun his PhD studies with Ian, broadly within the topic area of “Clinical Application of Isometric Exercise and Reduced Resting Blood Pressure”.
Dan is a first class honours student in Sport and Exercise Science and completed his MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Greenwich – which is housed within Sports Science at Medway.
Dan is the most recent in a long list of PhD students that Ian has supervised (Ian has supervised numerous PhD students through to successful completion of their studies over the last 25 years within Sport and Exercise Science). The University of Greenwich Sports Science team at Medway has formed a strong supervisory team for Dan’s PhD, drawing on the wealth of expertise within the unit.
The Health Education England/National Institute for Health internship programme for Kent, Surrey and Sussex (2016-17) has been launched. Applications are invited for up to 8 internships, to be based with Prof Swaine at the University of Greenwich at Medway.
The programme is aimed at allied health professionals across the region and is intended to introduce these professionals to clinical research theory and practice. http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/news/articles/2016/a3688-ian-swaine,-science-hee-internship-scheme
Filming work has begun on the exercise programme needed as part of the National Institute for Health (NIHR) grant-funded project ‘Basic Exercise Training to Enhance Recovery – BETTER (otherwise known as ‘EPOP’). Prof Swaine has had a key role in developing this study and is project manager for it.
The exercise programme is being developed for patients before having abdominal surgery for cancer and after that surgery. It is being developed through a collaboration between Maidstone Hospital and University of Greenwich at Medway. There are additional research team partners from the Universities of Kent, Middlesex, and City University.
The photographs and video footage will be used to help patients to perform the exercises. Patients Malcom and Nobby volunteered to offer their advice in putting the exercise routine together and to feature in the photographs.
Dr Maria Konstantaki (pictured) from Bucks New University, who is a former PhD student of Ian’s, is to present her most recent research work at the European College of Sports Science conference in Vienna. http://ecss-congress.eu/2016/16/
Maria’s work is titled “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Pilates-based exercise programme for the reduction of perceived functional disability and pain associated with non-specific, chronic low back pain and is co-authored with Helen Llewellyn from Leeds Beckett University.