Tom graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019 with a First Class Honours degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He then went on to study a Master of Research (MRes) in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham, specialising in environmental and vascular physiology.
Tom is conducting a part-time PhD, assessing the impact of hydration and nutrition interventions to optimise endurance performance in the heat, whilst also working towards gaining Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy through his role as PGTA.
Exercise performance in the heat is a common problem modern athletes face during competition due to the negative impact of heating on human thermoregulation. Hydration and nutrition interventions, alongside sustained periods of heat acclimation, are known to limit the decrease in thermotolerance during exercise in the heat. Tom's PhD research aims to generate new understanding of interventions to limit exercise reductions in such environments.