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Dr Stephen How

Sport and Exercise Laboratories Director

I joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2007 after undertaking PhD research at Brunel University. I teach sport and exercise physiology on a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


After undertaking my undergraduate studies I knew that I was still only scratching the surface in my knowledge of human physiology. Consequently, I decided to pursue postgraduate study that ended with the completion of my PhD in 2010. As a physiologist I have a particular interest in lung and respiratory muscle function and have published scientific papers in this area. I am also interested in applying my physiology to ‘real world’ problems, particularly in the area of exercise-induced asthma diagnosis.


  • BSc (Hons): Sports and Fitness Science, University of Luton, 1998
  • MSc: Sport and Exercise, De Montfort University, 2002
  • PhD: Physiology, Brunel University, 2010
  • PGCert: Higher Education, University of Gloucestershire, 2008

Membership of professional bodies

British Association of Sport and Exercise Science

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


Steve’s research interests centre on respiratory muscle function and how respiratory muscle fatigue might limit exercise performance. He is also interested in the assessment of lung function particularly in relation to exercise-induced asthma.


More publications from Dr Stephen How can be found in the Research Repository.