Ben graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2000 with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and then worked for a series of community and sport development programmes in his native Wales. A change of career beckoned shortly after moving to Northern Ireland and Ben graduated from Ulster in 2010 as a registered Nurse and has now ten years’ experience working in acute and emergency medicine departments – still practicing in the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Combining his multi-professional background, Ben completed his PhD in Physical Activity and Health in 2016. While undertaking his PhD he took on several roles across the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, as a part-time lecturer in the School of Nursing, the Research Associate on the Sport for Life: All Island project within the School of Sport and managed the Exercise Physiology lab on the Magee campus. Ben became a permanent lecturer within the School of Sport in September 2016 and was immediately installed as the Course Director for the BSc Sport, Physical Activity and Health programme on the Magee campus. Through the efforts of the course team this programme achieved 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2018 and, in the same year Ben was presented with the UUSU Excellence in Teaching Award for the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Ben’s research interests predominantly lie in the area of physical activity and health, specifically in the fields of disability sport and high intensity interval training (HIIT) in clinical populations. Ben has disseminated this collaborative work at national and international conferences and as a guest speaker at national conventions.
Ben became Head of School in February 2019.