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Research priority area

Health, Life Sciences, Sport & Wellbeing

The Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing Research Priority Area brings together staff across three schools including Health and Social Care, Sport and Exercise, and Natural and Social Sciences.

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It aims to develop high quality and impactful research that addresses questions related to human movement, health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The RPA houses research submitted to the REF Unit of Assessments (UoAs):


Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience

This unit researches all that it means to be a person, all across the lifespan. Our researchers work across various domains including health and wellbeing, forensic psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Our broad area of research spans from how we perceive our environment, to how our mental and physical health are interconnected, to making sense of how we connect with each other.

Research projects cover all fields from applied practice in forensic interviewing and counselling, through to experimental work to advise and refine practice for those working in critical contexts, to exploring the lived experience of chronic health conditions.

Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

This area is characterised by an open-minded and diverse research agenda and depth of expertise across the whole spectrum of natural and social sciences. The unit’s strategic portfolio comprises the themes of “human movement dynamics”, “sport coaching and practice”, and “sport and wellbeing in society”.

Through our research, we strive to answer research problems of societal importance and provide solutions of long-term value. We are continuously extending our partnership network with world-leading research-intensive institutions and at the same time we work closely with local communities and industries to achieve sustainable progress in sport, health and wellbeing settings.

Student working in sports lab
Student working in sports lab

Health unit of Assessment

Research studies are underway which relate to the disciplines of allied health professions and nursing. We deliver research in underpinning science, laboratory-based work, applied clinical research, healthcare technologies, and research into public health, social care and health promotion.

Research into psychosocial, philosophical and ethical aspects of healthcare, as well as education, policy and methodology relevant to these disciplines, is also commissioned in collaboration with industry partners. Our research uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, as well as theoretical approaches.



Contact Dr. Emily Ryall, research priority area convenor for Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing

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