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Anna West BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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PhD Student


Anna graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science in 2013. She was awarded two prizes for academic achievement. One of these was awarded for best academic performance in her Programme of around 90 graduating students and the second for achieving the highest academic performance in the School of 600 graduates. Anna also took on additional roles of responsibility. Firstly as the course representative for her Programme and later as a student ambassador for all students within the School.

Following graduation, Anna spent some time in the area of cardiac health at the Bristol Heart Institute and later gained a position with England Athletics (the governing body for Athletics in England). Anna was tasked with managing a new city-based project focused on growing participation in running and partnership engagement. Anna continues to work for England Athletics as a Coach Education Tutor.

In October 2015 Anna started her PhD in the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre, co-funded by Loughborough University and the adidas Future and Innovation Team looking at footwear comfort in relation to thermal factors. Her current research interests are exercise physiology, thermal physiology, environmental ergonomics, footwear and thermal comfort.

Away from the lab…

Anna continues to encourage people into running, leading beginner running courses taking people from 0 to 5K. She also actively participates in running and is a keen road cyclist. Anna also has a passion for travel and experiencing new cultures. 

Research group: Environmental Ergonomics

Anna’s PhD investigates aspects of footwear comfort in relation to thermal factors. This work will provide insight into foot thermoregulatory responses and an understanding of how these responses interact with shoes during rest and exercise. Insight into this area of footwear comfort has arisen from requests from the sport and leisure industry, seeking to develop garments which better support heat dissipation and moisture removal in addition to the need to develop realistic objective and subjective testing methods. This work will ultimately lead to design guidance for thermally comfortable footwear. 

Footwear Comfort

The interaction of foot physiology with footwear in relation to thermal comfort and performance.