About us

About us

Welcome to PASES

The Centre for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Sciences (PASES) undertakes interdisciplinary scientific research through the application of physical activity, sport and exercise to improve health and performance across the life course. We work in partnership with industrial, public sector and community partners to provide advances in technology and practice related to the use of physical activity, sport and exercise to help people move and feel better.

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The centre has considerable expertise, spanning physical activity and sport performance, physiology, biomechanics, exercise psychology, strength and conditioning, occupational and thermal physiology, and clinical exercise science.

The applied nature of the research undertaken by researchers in the centre involves engagement with partners in the field of sport, exercise, and health, to identify ‘real life’ problems to provide a solution-based approach.

The cutting-edge research undertaken by staff in the centre influences both practice and policy to improve lives, health and wellbeing within academia, industry, and society today. We collaborate with a range of partners, on a portfolio of research projects, funded from a variety of sources including Research Councils, European Commission, Innovate UK, NHS trusts, industry, and charities. Our research partners range from local and international global companies, research institutes and universities in the UK and overseas.

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The Centre for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Science has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for its doctoral training. Accredited programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

The doctoral training accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Find out more about the studentships which are currently available at PASES.

Our team

We have a large and growing team of interdisciplinary researchers who are internationally recognised as leaders in the fields of physical activity, sport and exercise sciences.

Find out more about the staff and PhD researchers working at the centre and the work they are carrying out by visiting the PURE portal.

Our leadership

Professor Michael Duncan

Executive Director

Theme lead: Movement and Sport Science

Professor David Broom

Theme lead: Physical Activity & Health

Associate Professor Doug Thake

Theme lead: Occupational and Environmental Exercise Physiology

Associate Professor Jason Tallis

Theme Lead: Tissue Mechanics and Sport Nutrition

Karen Edwards

Operations Manager

Research at PASES

Find out more about our research

View our research themes
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