investing in sport and exercise sciences

investing in inspiration in sport and exercise sciences

Welcome to the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University which has been built on a foundation of excellence in scholarship and research. Since its inception in 1975, we have led the sector with the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula that are bold and innovative and whose currency is maintained by the world-class research performed by our academics. We provide a flourishing, exciting and friendly environment in which to work and have built a dynamic and vibrant research culture that is enriched and facilitated by state of the art infrastructure and supportive management structures (see videos on our homepage). Our team of 38 academics, 7 post-doctoral research fellows and 5 research officers deliver a world-class agenda. We aim to enhance our reputation to the highest level by appointing world-leading scholars and internationally recognised lecturers that will deliver paradigm-shifting research (see vacancies using links on the left).

The School was the first institution in the UK to offer a single honours degree in Sports Science (1975). This innovation has continued with the development of sector-leading programmes in Science and Football and Applied Sports Psychology, and 5 MSc programmes (see our Courses page). The curricula are enquiry-based and research-led, and also “world of work” informed. The undergraduate programmes have core research and work-related learning “spines” that are cohesive and progressively structured across all levels. These spines are enriched by the research environment and culture of the School and also by the knowledge transfer and applied work performed with our many industrial and community stakeholders. We currently have 800 undergraduate students 70 MSc taught postgraduates, and recruitment remains buoyant.

The School is housed in the Tom Reilly Building, a purpose-built £32m complex that was opened in January 2010 (see videos). This building houses an impressive infrastructure that allows us to interrogate the exercise response from the molecular/cellular level to community settings. The School is part of the Faculty of Science, which is also constituted by the Schools of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Natural Science and Psychology and the Astrophysics Research Institute.

Research in the School is orchestrated by the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences. The quality of research emanating from RISES is evidenced by outstanding ratings in Research Assessment Exercises (1996 – 5*; 2001 – 5*; and 2008 – 25% 4*, 25% 3* and 35% 2*). The research strategy is facilitated by the research groups that constitute RISES. Each group has a critical mass and is supported by postgraduate researchers and a targeted staff development fund to attend key congresses around the globe. RISES promotes an ethos of research excellence through the strategic mentoring and development of postgraduate and early career researchers. We currently have 80 PhD students that are all externally funded. Research income to RISES consistently exceeds £1m per annum with a further £0.5m generated from commercial contracts. RISES has a highly developed research training process and hosts flagship events, such as the 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in 2011. A key strength of RISES and the School is our work in and around football, which is housed within our newly formed Football Exchange. This organisation allows the football industry to directly access the expertise of the world-leading staff working in this area.

Our ambition is to be a global player in Exercise Science and to be internationally renown for our work across the lifespan. We already conduct multidisciplinary research in the young and elderly (in the sedentary and elite), in order to identify the benefits of exercise interventions from a physiological, psychological, biomechanical and social perspective. Our ambition is to attract the very best academics from around the world, such that we can further align research effort with strategic directions of major research councils and the EU (i.e. “healthy ageing”, “improved health outcomes” and “research that changes lives in all sections of society”). The scale of this ambition is reflected by the volume and quality of the positions that we are advertising. We wish to inspire and train academics of the future by attracting the very best scholars, and their teams, to lead and deliver a research agenda of critical acclaim and impact.

We look forward to receiving your application and promise the successful candidates an environment and culture in which to prosper and excel.

Best wishes

Professor Tim Cable
Director of School, Professor of Exercise Physiology

Page last modified 30 March 2012.

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