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21 November 2007 PR 07/146

New Professor of Exercise Physiology appointed at Loughborough University

Myra Nimmo has been appointed as Professor of Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Professor Nimmo, who joins Loughborough from Strathclyde University, has also been appointed the new Head of School for an initial period of three years. As Head she is responsible for managing the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and determining its strategic direction, as well as undertaking research and some teaching responsibilities.

In addition to this, she will take on the new role of co-Director of the School of Sport and Human Sciences, alongside Professor Roger Haslam from the Department of Human Sciences. The remit of the new School, within which the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Department of Human Sciences will continue to exist, will be to promote collaborations, creating new opportunities to advance the departments’ considerable existing strengths in exercise, health and well-being.

Professor Nimmo said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Loughborough. The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences already has a world-renowned reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. The new Health Exercise and Biosciences building that is being constructed will also allow the University to further attract staff, researchers and visiting academics and enhance the already high quality of students that study at Loughborough.”

Professor Nimmo obtained her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Glasgow’s Veterinary School after conducting research on the effects of anabolic steroids on thoroughbred racehorses. She began to concentrate on human physiology after gaining a lectureship at Queens College, Glasgow.

After a series of appointments in educational management, including periods as an Assistant Director at the Scottish Vocational Educational Council (SCOVTEC), and Assistant Principal at Jordanhill College, Professor Nimmo was awarded a Personal Chair in Exercise Physiology at the University of Strathclyde in 1993.

Professor Nimmo is also a former Olympian, competing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the long jump. She still holds the Scottish record of 6.43 metres, which she set in 1973, for the event and has served on the Scottish Sports Council, UK Sports Council and Scottish Sport World Class Advisory Groups.

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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