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Dr Claire Mills

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

I joined the university in 2004, having previously worked in secondary schools, further and higher education institutions. As a Senior Lecturer and fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes


I have always been interested in teaching and how the body works and my desire for linking theory to practice is especially prevalent when delivering applied sciences within a physical education and coaching setting. In particular my expertise in body composition has enabled me to embed cutting edge research into lectures whilst working with elite level and professional athletes across varying individual and team sports. Recently, I have been able to transfer these skills and energies into another area of teaching and research interest, which is in relation to obesity.


  • BA (Hons): Sport and Human Movement Studies, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 1994
  • PGCert: Secondary Physical Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 1995
  • MSc: Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 1996
  • PhD: Philosophy, University of Gloucestershire, 2014


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

University Teaching Fellow

Shortlisted in the University of Gloucestershire Staff Awards for:

2016/17 Best Academic Feedback

Nominated in the University of Gloucestershire Staff Awards for:

2016/17 Most Engaging Module

2016/17 Inspiring Colleague

2015/16 Most Inspiring Lecturer


International Society for the Advancement of Kinathropometry (ISAK) Kinanthropometrist

Membership of professional bodies

International Society for the Advancement of Kinathropometry (ISAK)

Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


My teaching involves module leadership and contribution to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including: Human Structure & Function, Growth & Development, Health Promotion for Wellness & Wellbeing and Independent Project.


My research interests primarily include body composition tracking and measurement of elite athletes, obesity, overweightness, weight stigma, body image, menstrual cycle and perimenopausal impact on performance.


More publications from Dr Claire Mills can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Body composition consultancy work with professional athletes in a range of individual and team based sports; obesity and overweightness consultancy work with schools/school children and parents

Subject for media interview

Body composition; obesity and overweightness; body image; lifelong physical activity; growth and maturation; physical activity levels in schools

Professional positions

Editorial Board Member for the Obesity Research Open Journal

Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for the Sports and Exercise Medicine Open Journal