Celebrating the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England



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The University’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) has been named as the Research Team of the Year at the inaugural Educate North Awards.

Educate North aims to celebrate the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England and many of the North’s leading institutions have chosen to engage in this first year of this uniquely Northern initiative.

The School of Sport and Exercise Science is the top sport and exercise science department in the country according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It was the first institution in the world to host a single honours programme in sport science and now celebrates 40 years of success enhancing the lives of others, from elite athletes through to public health. RISES covers a range of research areas from childhood obesity, performance analysis and injury prevention, through to learning via imitation in autism.

Judges felt that LJMU displayed world-leading facilities and is a real centre of excellence, which has put the University on the global map. This was with particular reference to their cardiovascular work, which is having an impact and focus on the local community, as well as having a global reach, proving the remarkable reputation of this team.

Professor Dave Richardson, Director of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences said:

"The North Educate Awards is a high profile event that aims to recognise and enhance the role of the education sector in the growth of the Northern Economy. To be awarded for the ‘Research Team of the Year’ is a fantastic achievement for the School’s Research Institute. This is further testament and recognition of the high calibre staff that we have here and also to the exceptional leadership of Professor Keith George, Head of the Research Institute."

Educate North is staged in association with The Daily Telegraph and its partners Barclays and the University of Manchester Intellectual Property UMIP. The winners were announced on 3 June 2015 at an event that showcased the world-class status of many of the North’s leading academic institutions, with a special one-day conference preceding the awards.

Further information about RISES is available here 

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