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About Ian

Ian has been a Sport and Exercise Scientist for over 30 years, having completed his undergraduate studies at Liverpool John Moores University in 1981 and having his final year undergraduate dissertation, on swimming, published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Swaine and Reilly, 1983). He went on to work for Leeds Sports Development Unit as a Sport Scientist, with responsibilities for promoting adult health-related fitness in the city. At the same time he completed a PhD in the Cardiovascular Studies Unit within the Faculty of Clinical Medicine at Leeds University. He has worked at Sunderland, De Montfort and Canterbury Christ Church Universities and currently he is Professor and Head of Sports Science at the University of Greenwich. Ian is a former keen competitive swimmer having reached top 3 in the country at 100m Breast-stroke. Subsequently he has completed numerous marathons, triathlons and mountain biking events.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) – Cardiovascular studies

University of Leeds, 1986-1994

Thesis title: The Assessment of Indices of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Non-invasively Derived from Submaximal Exercise Testing.

Bachelor of Science with Honours (B.Sc Hons) Sports Science

Liverpool John Moores University, 1978-1981

Dissertation title: The Freely-chosen Swim Stroke Rate in a Maximal Swim and on a Bio-kinetic Swim Bench.

Work Experience

Current – Professor and Head of Sports Science

University of Greenwich. Department of Life and Sports Sciences. 2015-

Reader in Sport Science.

Canterbury Christ Church University College. Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure. 2002-2015

  • Department research leader 2002-2006.
  • Leader of Research strategy in relation to Hefce research capability funding and Hefce Srif funding (totalling approximately £1 million 2002-2007).
  • Leader of strategy for buildings extension in Sport Science.
  • Leader of ‘Physiology of Exercise’ research team.
  • Member of Faculty Research Committee.
  • oFounder member of University Research Governance and Ethics Committee (2002-2005).
  • Leader Faculty Research Ethics Committee.
  • Founding member of the Centre for PE research
  • Patenting of a ‘simulated swimming machine’ (2005).
  • Patenting of a ‘simple isometric exercise device’ for reducing resting blood pressure.

Senior Lecturer and Principal Lecturer.

De Montfort University Bedford. School of PE, Sport and Leisure. 1993-2002.

  • Teaching exercise physiology to ‘Sports Studies’ and ‘PE’ students.
  • Research in sport and exercise science.
  • BASES accredited physiologist (Research and support).
  • Director of the Sport and Exercise Clinic (consultancy).
  • BASES education and training committee chair (1998-2000).
  • External examiner – Leeds metropolitan University certificate in health-related exercise and fitness (1999-).
  • Member of QAA ‘panel of experts’ for benchmarking of UK undergraduate degrees in Hospitality, Sport, Tourism and Leisure (Unit 25), 1999.
  • External examiner – University of Hull, Sport and Exercise Science (2001-2004)
  • PhD students supervised to completion – 4

Lecturer – Physiology/Health Studies.

University of Sunderland – School of Health Sciences, 1991-1993.

  • Teaching ‘Health Studies’ and ‘Applied Physiology’ to undergraduates.
  • Validation of Sport Science Degree.
  • Programme leader for ‘Health Studies’
  • Admissions tutor for Sport Science.
  • Leader of Sport Science research team.
  • Consultant physiologist to GB swim squad and to athletics squad for altitude training camp (Font-Romeu, France) 1992.
  • Director of accredited exercise physiology laboratory (BASES).

Sport Scientist.

Leeds City Council – Sports Development Unit (1984-1991).

  • Promotion of health-related fitness programmes to the local community and to local industry.
  • Formation of the Leeds Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Programme.
  • Director of BASES Accredited exercise physiology laboratory.

Journal editorial boards

  • Journal of Sports Medicine, Hindawi Publishers.

Academic Society Membership

  • Phys Soc


  • Swimming Training Apparatus GB patent no. GB2425489B Granted 2009.
  • Isometric Exercise Device – International Patent – filed July 2011A Swimming Training Machine.