Archive news - 2009

Exeter starts New Year with focus on healthy living

100 of the UK’s leading health experts are meeting at the University of Exeter to start the New Year with a focus on healthy living.

Floella rewards career driven students

Five ambitious students are each celebrating a £1,000 payout to further their careers.

£62,500 Kellogg's grant success

Associate Professor Craig Williams, of the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, has been awarded a grant from Kellogg’s Ltd to investigate ‘Energy Balance in Young People’ in collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Social Work at the University of Plymouth.

£20,000 RFU grant

The RFU has awarded a grant of £20,000 to Dr Mark Wilson, Dr Chris Byrne and Professor Roger Eston to conduct research on the efficacy of current coaching methods in youth rugby.

£82,000 ESRC Grant for research with University of Hong Kong

Dr Mark Wilson has been awarded funding through the ESRC and the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong to conduct a two-year project with Professor Richard Masters at the University of Hong Kong.

£225,000 EPSRC grant

Dr Sharon Dixon as (as sole PI) has been awarded funding of £225,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to undertake a project entitled "Understanding traction for sports shoe and surface combinations".

£40,000 Unilever research grant

Professor Roger Eston and Dr Ann Rowlands have been awarded funding of £40,000 to support an ongoing collaborative project with Unilever on the use of accelerometry to measure physical activity.

£125,000 Sports Council for Wales Funding

Dr Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson of the Qualitative Research Unit has been awarded £125,000 from the Sports Council for Wales to conduct a research project to evaluate the Mentro Allan (Venture Out) Programme.

PhD Student wins two researcher awards

PhD student George Jennings was awarded on Friday 12th June 2009 for the 'best presentation' at the 3rd International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise held at the Roehampton University in London, in association with Routledge.

£0.5 Million Wellcome Trust Grant

Dr Melvyn Hillson has been awarded a £508,000 research grant from the Wellcome Trust to investigate how the neighbourhood that people live in influences their physical activity.

First brain study reveals benefits of exercise on quitting smoking

Research from the University of Exeter reveals for the first time, that changes in brain activity, triggered by physical exercise, may help reduce cigarette cravings.

Study shows why sporting heroes should thank their friends

Encouraging words from friends and family can pave the way to sporting victory, according to research by the University of Exeter, released today.

Emotional support leads to sporting success

Sportsmen and women could get the edge on their opponents by accepting more emotional support in their personal and professional lives.

Exeter student set to complete marathon challenge

University of Exeter PhD student Jenny Timms was the 5th female student to finish the 2009 Flora London Marathon on Sunday 26 April and has so far raised £300 for her charity, The Brain Research Trust.

Sporadic play activity as beneficial to child health as continuous bouts of exercise, study suggests

New research suggests for the first time that frequent bouts of sporadic activity could be just as beneficial to children’s health as longer exercise sessions.

Times and Guardian Glory for Sport and Health Sciences

The Times Good University Guide has confirmed our place as one of the very best sports science departments in the UK, with a ranking of 2nd place out of 72 institutions.

University strengthens links with China through sports science

The University of Exeter has further strengthened its links with China by forming a partnership with one of the country’s top sports science universities.

Women's rugby champions of Europe

University of Exeter women's rugby team were crowned champions of Europe after they beat French team Lille in the final of the European Students Rugby Sevens Championships held at Bristol University in June.

Emma aims high

A talented handball player is graduating from the University of Exeter with a First in Sports and Exercise Sciences.

Student satisfaction: 1st in England, 3rd in the UK

Sport Science at Exeter maintains its place in the UK’s top three for three years running.

Dr Vanhatalo's research recognised by the Physiological Society

Dr Anni Vanhatalo has been awarded the 3rd place prize in the Physiological Society Blue Riband competition for the best conference communication by an Affiliate Member.

£50,000 surgical research funding awarded

The University of Exeter and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust secure funding of £50,000 for a surgical research fellow.

Professors speak at conference in Hong Kong

Professors Eston and Parfitt were invited to present at the 8th Annual Conference of the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness, held in Hong Kong, on 13-15 August 2009.

£447,000 research grant awarded to Dr Hillsdon

Dr Melvyn Hillsdon has been awarded a grant of £447,401 by the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) for a study titled 'The feasibility of a simple, low-cost, general practitioner delivered intervention to promote physical activity'.

Beetroot juice boosts stamina, new study shows

Drinking beetroot juice boosts your stamina and could help you exercise for up to 16% longer.

UK/China Fellowships for Excellence Award for Dr Mark Wilson

Dr Wilson has been awarded a UK/China Fellowship for Excellence grant from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (£19,760).

Bases 2009 success

Exeter wins awards for the best presentation by a senior investigator and the best student oral presentation at the BASES 2009 Conference in Leeds.

University of Exeter Teaching Fellowship Awards

Professor Roger Eston and Associate Professor Craig Williams have received ‘University of Exeter Teaching Fellowship Awards’ of £1000 and £500, respectively.

ISMRM Award for PhD student

PhD student Rebecca Willcocks has been awarded a New Entrant Stipend from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine to fund her attendance at the annual meeting in Stockholm in May 2010.

Why England keeps losing on penalties

A new study may explain why England keeps losing in penalty shootouts – and could help the team address the problem in time for the World Cup 2010.