Staff Profiles: Dr. Simon Fryer

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Staff Profile: Dr. Simon Fryer
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Laboratories Director

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Dr. Simon Fryer

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Laboratories Director

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Simon is interested assessments of haemodynamic kinetics in both athletic populations, particularly that of rock climbers. Simon also researches extensively into the area of macro and micro vascular function in healthy and diseased populations.


Simon predominantly works with post graduate research students who are undertaking research based MSc's, MPhil's and PhD's.

Simon’s work has predominantly been focused on the areas of physiology and psychophysiology of rock climbers, as well as vascular health in diseased and healthy populations.

Recently Simon has been working extensively in the area of macro and micro vascular function. He is highly skilled in using near infrared spectroscopy to assess a range of measures including skeletal muscle oxidative capacity, blood flow and muscle oxygen consumption.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD Exercise Physiology University of Canterbury, New Zealand 2013
PGCE Post Graduate Certificate of Education Further Education Portsmouth University 2008
MSc MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology University of Chichester 2007
BA (Hons) Adventure Education University of Chichester 2006


Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow

£2,000 University of Canterbury Travel Award, 2013

£15,000 - University of Canterbury International Doctoral Scholarship 2010

Membership of professional bodies

British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

American College of Sport Medicine

International Rock Climbing Research Association- Founding Member

Teaching and research


As a Senior Fellow of the HEA I am involved in research informed teaching across a range of Sport and Exercise Science modules. Mainly exercise physiology and research methods.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Simon’s research interests lie in helping to better understand the human body with respect to health, disease and exercise.

Macro and micro vascular function: Please see ResearchGate for current list of publications:

External responsibilities

Academic Link Tutor for FdA in Outdoor Development and Leadership - Gloucester College

Subjects for media interviews

Vascular function

Rock climbing performance

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Professional positions

Laboratories Director

External examining

FdA Sport and Exercise Science at Leicester College (De Montford University) BSc Exercise, Physical Activity and Health at Salford University