School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University is internationally renowned for excellence in teaching and research.

Highly rated in national university league tables and number one in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 for sports-related subjects, the School’s wide-ranging expertise encompasses diverse disciplines from both social sciences and natural sciences.

The School is home to over 160 members of academic and senior research staff, 220 research students and 50 members of administrative, technical and management/specialist staff.  The School has been recognised for the quality of its research (commended in the most recent Research Excellence Framework) and enjoys a high profile in the media.

With access to state-of-the-art laboratories, teaching resources, equipment, sport, and exercise facilities including the establishment of a £10m pioneering sport and exercise medicine centre at Loughborough (one of three regional hubs that, together, form the country's first ever National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine), Loughborough University and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences offer both a truly unique student experience and a dynamic centre of research excellence.

Globally renowned staff work in collaboration with academic institutions, centres, and industry partners around the world. In addition to the NCSEM, the School is proud to be part of a the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, the Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour, the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, and is a key academic partner in the National Rehabilitation Centre. The School also hosts a UNESCO Chair on Sport, Physical Activity and Education for Development.

Research within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences continues to have a far-reaching impact and reflects the global interests of staff and their extensive international collaboration.   Research is multi-disciplinary, drawing on the full spectrum of natural and social sciences, and is focused on issues of contemporary concern at international, national, and local levels.

As an equal opportunities’ employer, we particularly welcome applications from candidates from ethnic minority groups which are currently underrepresented within the School. All appointments will be made on merit of skill and experience relative to the roles in question.

Join us

The School is renowned for fundamental and applied research which supports knowledge advancement and informs the practice of organisations worldwide. A broad range of social and natural sciences including medicine, biological sciences including human, cellular and molecular, nutrition, physiology, biomechanics; psychology, sociology (as cognate disciplines in their own right as well as specifically applied to coaching and pedagogy), economics, marketing, policy, governance (as cognate disciplines as specifically applied to sport management) contribute to the School’s research activity which is organised within three research themes:

  • Sport Performance
  • Lifestyle for Health and Wellbeing
  • Participation in Sport and Exercise.

Applications are welcomed from applicants at all levels whose excellent research aligns with these themes, particularly in the following focus areas:


The school has a critical mass of psychologists with a wide range of applied specialisms which relate well to the School's research themes including sport and exercise psychologists, health psychologists and experimental psychologists.  In particular, applications would be welcomed from candidates whose research interests focus on behavioural change applied to lifestyle interventions and its impact on health outcomes or sport and exercise.

Coaching and Pedagogy

The School has an established history of research and teaching in the core fields of sport pedagogy, physical education and sport coaching, shaping policy, practice and professional development across national and international contexts. Applications would be welcomed from candidates whose research interests in particular focus on sport coaching and sport pedagogy.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries in relation to the focus areas or the School, please contact Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of School. All other enquiries, especially about the application process, or online submission should be directed to

Apply now

Apply now for Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer roles in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. The closing date for applications is 31 October, 2021.

Professor Reader Senior Lecturer Lecturer