Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Internationally recognised for its contribution to the study of sport, exercise and health, the School has wide-ranging expertise, encompassing such diverse areas as biomechanics, medicine, molecular and cellular biology, nutrition, pedagogy, psychology, physiology, sociology, economics and sport management.

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A broad range of social and natural sciences contribute to the School’s research and innovation activity which is organised within three overlapping themes:

  • Sport performance, understanding and supporting the enhancement of athletes’ performance in competitive sport;
  • Lifestyle for health and well-being, encompassing research across several disciplines with the common goal of facilitating healthy living and ageing across the lifespan; and
  • Sport, Business and Society, exploring how individuals, communities and organisations engage with and facilitate sport and exercise opportunities.

We are looking for excellent academic staff at all levels whose research and innovation applies to sport, exercise and health sciences. We are particularly interested in people whose research aligns with the following strategic areas:

Sport Sustainability

Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Sport Sustainability

Loughborough University embraces its responsibility to create a more sustainable planet for the future and the University Strategy “Creating Better Futures. Together” puts Sustainability at the heart of the University’s agenda to 2030.

It is essential that our academic activity helps to address the challenges that face us as a society. Specifically, we are looking for academics who can provide thought leadership in understanding the cultural, social and economic impact of physical activity and sport as well as its impact on ecology.

We are looking for world leading academics from a range of disciplines that focus on or can apply their research to the bi-directional association between physical activity, sport and our environment in its broadest sense.


Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Rehabilitation

Loughborough University recognises the opportunities presented by our academic activity in sport, exercise and health to deliver benefits to the world of sport and to make improvements in public health. The University Strategy “Creating Better Futures. Together” puts sport, health and wellbeing at the heart of the University’s agenda to 2030.

The School leads on two major initiatives in this area on behalf of the University, the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (one hub of which is located on our Loughborough Campus) and the National Rehabilitation Centre, which will be opening nearby at the Stanford Hall site in 2024. The NRC will provide us with the opportunity to further develop our research, innovation and educational offering in sport and exercise rehabilitation.

The National Rehabilitation Centre (and the links the School already enjoys with the Defence Rehabilitation Centre) provides an exciting opportunity to transform the outcomes for people who have suffered potentially life changing injury, trauma or illness though integrating research, innovation, education and training with clinical practice.

We are looking for world leading academics from a range of disciplines that focus on or can apply their research to rehabilitation.

Gender Identity

Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Gender Identity

The importance of vibrant and inclusive communities forms a core part of Loughborough University’s Strategy “Creating Better Futures. Together” bringing a commitment to spotlight and address concerns and inequalities faced by a diverse range of people and furthering knowledge about these issues.

The issue of gender identity in sport is topical and with mixed consensus from the research community. We are looking for thought leaders in this area to lead the development of evidence base on this topic and to translate this work into informing policy and practise.

As a School, we hold a Silver Athena Swan award, and we welcome applications from people who wish to work full or part time. There are opportunities to work dynamically, with office space in both London and Loughborough.

We are keen to hear from practitioners who have an excellent active research profile and would consider a part time appointment alongside a practice-based role.

Apply now

Apply now for Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer positions within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

The closing date for applications is 27 November 2022.

Professor Reader Senior Lecturer Lecturer

The University is dedicated to supporting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment – to create better futures, together. The diverse backgrounds, characteristics and opinions within our community are our great strength and are key to our pursuit of delivering educational excellence, enterprise, research and professional services. We welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds and minoritized groups as they are currently under-represented within our community.

We recognise the value of a fulfilling and balanced work and personal life which promotes wellbeing. We seek to support colleagues in achieving this balance and have family-friendly policies, flexible working arrangements and many roles can be suitable for dynamic working arrangement. This includes considering applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Informal enquiries

Professor Mark Lewis Dean of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

For more information, please visit the School website.