School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Aron Sherry

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PhD student


Aron is a PhD Student within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science. He completed a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Nottingham Trent in 2007 and a Masters in Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough in 2010. Since then, Aron has worked for the British Heart Foundation, promoted health and physical activity for Nottingham City Council and Sustrans, and worked as a Research Assistant for the Human Nutrition Research Unit, MRC. Aron also has teaching experience in health awareness in adults and currently teaches across several undergraduate course modules within the SSEHS, including Human Biology.    


Project title: Stand out In class: the effectiveness of sit-to-stand desks within the school classroom

Aron’s research evaluates how effective sit-to-stand desks are in reducing primary school children’s sitting time and any subsequent effect this change may have on physical activity, health, cognitive function or academic achievement during an academic year. Aron will also conduct a laboratory study examining acute differences between sitting and standing in cardio-metabolic outcomes in children. Overall his PhD will provide insights into the feasibility of replacing sitting with standing to reduce sedentary behavior and improve health at an early stage of life. Aron’s research interests extend to physical activity, adults and ethnic differences in lifestyles and disease risk.    

External Activities:

Key note speech - Central College Nottingham Graduation 2016.  Motivational speech to graduating students. Albert Hall, Nottingham.

Reviewer for Preventive Medicine Reports Journal and Occupational Health Southern Africa – papers related to sedentary behavior in school children.


A.P. Sherry, N. Pearson, S.A. Clemes. The effects of standing desks within the school classroom: a systematic review. Prev. Med. Rep. 3 (2016), pp. 338–347

Keywords for Discipline and Research Area: 

Sedentary behaviour, children, standing desk, health, physical activity