School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Our research

At the cutting edge

Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. The majority of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF 2014).

Our research reflects a diverse range of interests with staff working across three research groups conducting world leading research in sport, rehabilitation, exercise sciences and health. Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has impact encompassing individuals, groups, communities and the wider society. 

The SRES research community, academic staff and research students, are members of one or more research groups.

Our research groups

Our three research groups cover key areas of our work. The groups support all members to produce rigorous and important research, promote knowledge exchange between group members (sharing of research ideas, skills and funding opportunities), and enhance research collaborations within and beyond SRES and the wider University.

Research that makes a difference

Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

The Centre ran the East of England Healthy Hearts Study, the largest health fitness survey of 10-16 year old children with over 10,000 subjects. The impact of our research in Green Exercise – a term coined and developed at the University of Essex – was described as Outstanding by HEFCE in their REF2014 assessment.

We can undertake evaluation of projects and provide consultancy in project design and evaluation.  We have a range of skills including quantitative and qualitative and mixed method analysis, exploring behaviour change and the narrative journey to move more throughout their day.

Our impact