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Visiting Professors

Professor Phil Glasgow

Professor Phil Glasgow’s doctoral studies investigated factors influencing exercise induced muscle damage and its management.  He has managed high performance athletes at major international competitions including Olympic, World and European Championships from across a wide range of sporting disciplines including rugby union, hockey, athletics, boxing, sailing, cycling, swimming, squash and football.  His particular interests are in the field of functional rehabilitation and in the development of robust clinical assessments for sports specific skills.  He also sits on the Physios in Sport Education and Research Committee.

Professor Tom Trinick

Prof Trinick’s current post is as Consultant in Chemical Pathology and General Medicine, with specialist recognition in Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, Chemical Pathology and General Medicine at the South Eastern Trust, Belfast. The Ulster Hospital is a teaching hospital of 650 beds with many Medical Specialties represented in the Hospital. The laboratory serves two other hospitals, Ards and Bangor Hospitals, supporting 120 General Practitioners and 90 Hospital Consultants. Prof Trinick is responsible for the delivery of Biochemical laboratory services at the Ulster, Ards and Bangor Hospitals and the job involves laboratory, clinical, advisory and teaching duties. His clinical responsibilities include both general medicine and diabetes outpatient and inpatient care and taking part in the General Medical Consultant on-call rota.

Research summary: Research interests include glucose metabolism, hyperlipidaemia, exercise biochemistry, service development and equipment assessment. Eighty five papers and letters published, three book chapters, appeared in a video on lipids. A number of presentations within and outside N. Ireland.

Professor Nanette Mutrie MBE

Nanette Mutrie has been Chair of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh since July 2012. She directs the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences. She is also a visiting Professor at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow and at Ulster University. In January 2015 Nanette was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to physical activity for health in Scotland.

Nanette is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. She has extensive experience of conducting interventions aimed at increasing physical activity. With her students and colleagues she has more than 200 peer reviewed publications in this area. The third edition of a text book, first co-authored with Stuart Biddle in 1991, was published by Routledge in Janaury 2015 (Biddle, Mutrie, Gorely ‘Psychology of physical activity: determinants, well-being, and interventions’).

Her inaugural lecture entitled, ‘Encouraging people to sit less and walk more’, was given at the University in December 2013. A Beltane Fellowship during 2013 allowed her to work in the Scottish Parliament Building encouraging people there to ‘sit less and walk more’.

She has also contributed to policy, for example, ‘let’s make Scotland more active’ and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) programmes on physical activity and the environment and the promotion of walking and cycling. She is currently a member of

Current collaborative projects include ‘EuroFIT’, ‘RuFIT’,‘Secure FIT, FFIT follow-up (all delivering a successful lifestyle and weight management programme to sports fans in different locations) ‘walkwell’ (walking programmes for people with learning disabilities), ‘actwell’ (lifestyle counselling for women attending breast cancer screening), ‘USP’ (examining sedentary behaviour patterns in older adults), M74 (an investigation of the impact of a new motorway on travel patterns) and eCoacher (web enhanced delivery of exercise referral schemes). She gets her own exercise by commuter cycling, dog walking and playing golf (badly so a lot more walking involved!).

Professor Damian Bailey

Prof Bailey is an international authority in the area of exercise biochemistry and physiology.  He has published over 150 articles in high impact factor journals and has attracted significant grant funding  to support his work within the area of neurovascular function and exercise. He is the Exercise and Health Research Institute Director within the University of South Wales and was recently credited with an excellent performance in REF2014.  Prof Bailey has many unique laboratory skills and his expertise and knowledge within the area of free radical metabolism is internationally recognised.  His research is closely aligned to the research work of 2 core members of SESRI (Prof Gareth Davison and Dr Conor McClean).

Professor Mark O'Donnell

Prof Mark O’Donnell is a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.  He is skilled in Interventions, Trauma Surgery, Research, Vascular Surgery, and Endovascular. Prof O’Donnell is a strong consulting professional with a Master of Medical Science in Education for the Health Care Professions (MMedSc) focused in Medicine from Queen's University Belfast.

Professor James Skinner

Prof James Skinner has conducted key research for national and international governing bodies, as well as professional sporting organisations and the Australian Sports Commission. James is also a visiting Professor at the Russian Olympic University and is a former board member and Director of Football Queensland, Australia.

James has held academic appointments at three Australian universities prior to his role of Institute Director for Sport Business at Loughborough University London. His teaching interests are Leadership, Sport Business and Research Methods and he has a passion for PhD supervision and research training. His research interests are in four distinct areas:

  1. Organisational Change, Culture and Leadership in Sport,
  2. Doping in Sport,
  3. Sport and Social Capital and,
  4. Research Design and Methods for Sport Business.