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Dr Simon Fryer

Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology

I am interested in sport and exercise physiology with a specialist interest in blood flow and vascular function for performance, health and disease.


As an exercise physiologist that has research interests in health, disease and sport performance, I deliver a range of Sport and Exercise Science modules. I have particular interests in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, new non-invasive assessments of vascular function, and gaining a better understanding of blood flow and oxygen changes in high level rock climbers.


  • 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 & 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.


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:


More publications from Dr Simon Fryer can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

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

Subject for media interview

Vascular function

Rock climbing performance

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