An interdisciplinary centre focussed on developing and disseminating research in sport and exercise

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About us

This interdisciplinary research centre is a dynamic hub of academics and researchers working together to identify and address pertinent issues in sport and exercise at a local, national, and international level.

Members collaborate with public and private stakeholders, industry groups, policy makers and funding agencies when undertaking research and disseminating findings, to maximise evidence-based impact from our sport and exercise research.

SERC aims to:

  • To increase the number of high-quality research outputs by members of the research centre
  • To engage with a variety of academic, professional and general audiences when disseminating research
  • To increase the number of postgraduate/research students within the ambit of the research centre
  • To engage with a variety of stakeholders to maximise evidence-based changes to policy and practice
  • To increase the number of applications for external income by members of the research centre
  • To bring together researchers from across the Faculty, University and beyond in undertaking research of international significance.

For full details of our research, knowledge exchange and impact, see the research strands below.

SERC events

Sport and Exercise Research Centre Launch Event

Thursday 19 October, 17.30 – 19.00, West Downs Centre Room 405, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5HT

Following a review of the University's research centres, SERC will be relaunched and you are invited. Bookings are now open for this event via the University's online store.  Please book your free place via the link below to help us with catering numbers. Everyone is welcome!

This session will involve a presentation to review the four strands within the Centre, some of the research clusters within each strand, how these aim to generate impact, as well as some key projects in each strand. This will conclude with a discussion about how the Centre might develop in the future. The session will close with staff and student poster presentations, alongside refreshments and an opportunity for informal discussion.

This will be the first of five events SERC aims to run this year, showcasing work being undertaken by our members.

Book your free place for the SERC relaunch event

Postgraduate research

The centre offers MPhil/PhD programmes to qualified individuals with an interest in the research areas above, which can be self-funded or supported via fully and match-funded scholarships. Students can study part-time or full-time and are supported by expert academic staff. Everything you need to know to study for a research degree at Winchester

For current postgraduate research in SERC, including current PhD opportunities, explore the research strands below.

Contact SERC

For any enquiries about SERC, please contact the Convenor, Dr John Batten.

SERC research strands

Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

We undertake research that aims to identify and solve pertinent health challenges by improving our understanding and knowledge of the relationships between physical activity and health across the lifespan.

Current research

  • Examining associations between physical activity, mental health, and wellbeing during COVID-19
  • The effect of early exercise engagement on quality-of-life post-stroke
  • The effect of interrupting sitting time on vascular and cognitive health in various clinical populations

Strand leader: Professor James Faulkner

For further information and to meet the team, visit the Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing strand webpage.

Sport Performance

Through an interdisciplinary research approach, we aim to examine and provide interventions to enhance the sporting performance of athletes and teams.

Using a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, ongoing research avenues include:

  • Psychological climate of team sport practice
  • Representative learning designs within sport coaching environments
  • Developmental experiences of elite youth athletes

Strand leader: Dr Steve Smith

For further information and to meet the team, visit the Sport Performance research strand webpage.

Brain Injury in Sport

We undertake interdisciplinary research that examines the short- and long-term outcomes of brain injury for individuals, athletes, military veterans, families, caregivers, and more.

Using a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, ongoing research avenues include:

  • caregiver experiences of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) from sport participation
  • concussion knowledge and attitudes and athlete reporting intentions
  • efficacy of concussion education programmes
  • media narratives around sport-related concussion

Strand leader: Dr Matt Smith

For further information and to meet the team, visit the Brain Injury in Sport research strand webpage.

Inclusivity in Sport

We examine national and international relationships between students, athletes and various levels of organised, competitive sports and physical education.

Using a range of qualitative and quantitative measures, ongoing research activities include:

• The experiences of North American LGBT athletes in high school and collegiate sports
• The experiences of British athletes in school-based and recreational based sports
• Examination of social media campaigns related to LGBT athletes in professional sport
• Evaluating school-based physical activity initiatives, physical education, and teacher training

Strand leader: Professor Eric Anderson

For further information and to meet the team, visit the Inclusivity in Sport research strand webpage.