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About the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute

The Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute (SESRI) aims to facilitate, co-ordinate and to carry out high quality research and to promote a vibrant culture of research and scholarship within Ulster University and in partnership with health providers, sports governing bodies and other centres of excellence.

Focused research excellence and impact

SESRI endeavours to:

  • Advance knowledge in our chosen areas of research through the achievement of high quality research outputs and by developing further both interdisciplinary and collaborative research.
  • Facilitate the translation of sport and exercise knowledge into intellectual assets that impact positively on the economy, society and culture.
  • Contribute to enriched teaching and the learning experience of our students.

Our objectives are to:

  • Produce high-quality outputs from our chosen areas of research when assessed against international standards of excellence.
  • Provide an optimum environment within which high-quality research will be fostered, sustainable and vibrant.
  • Develop further a culture where research, discovery, creativity and innovation are encouraged and appropriately supported.
  • Foster high-quality development of PhD and early career researchers.
  • Facilitate the translation of knowledge into intellectual assets that impact positively upon the economy, society and culture.
  • Develop further interdisciplinary research capacity and outputs.
  • Foster, establish and maintain productive research collaborations and partnerships with other institutions and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Disseminate effectively, the high-quality outputs and impacts of our research and innovation, and communicate effectively these outcomes.
  • Disseminate effectively, the high-quality outputs and impacts of our research and innovation, and communicate effectively these outcomes.
  • Integrate research further within curriculum design and delivery to enhance the learning experience of our students.

Our main centres for research are:

Facilities

There are four main laboratory areas in the SESRI, a biochemistry lab, physiology lab, biomechanics lab, and an innovative biomechanics-field lab in the university's indoor running track.

Biochemistry lab equipment includes, a range of spectrophotometers; a Bruker EMX electron paramagnetic resonance spectrophotometer; a DNA microarray scanner; an Agilent 2100 analyser; HPLC; a microplate reader; and Electrophoresis.

Physiology equipment includes a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), which measures bone composition; metabolic analysis and nutritional assessment systems; and a number of gold standard physiology activity monitors.

Biomechanics equipment for analysing sports movement includes a series of force platforms; a 12-camera passive motion capture system; and a quadruple movement analysis CODA motion analysis system.

The £1.275 million funding for the project came from the Department for Employment and Learning's research capital investment fund, and has brought some of the most up-to-date exercise and sport analysis equipment to the University.

SESRI labs are run by Dr.John Brown, our Chief Technician.