The Exercise and Sports Science program (ESS) at the University of New England has recently been recognised for the outstanding quality of its research program, achieving a top rating of “well above world standard”, or five stars, according to the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results.
Having accepted its first students just five years ago, the Head of Science & Technology, Professor Aron Murphy, sees this as an outstanding achievement for the discipline.
“The latest ERA results demonstrate a commitment to innovative and high quality research, underpinned by the world class education and facilities that are available in ESS,” according to Prof Murphy.
The university has invested significantly into developing the ESS program, giving students the choice to study exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and exercise testing and prescription, informed by current and relevant research.
According to Dr Adrian Gray, Convenor of ESS, these significant investments into infrastructure, including laboratories and equipment, have been vindicated by the last week’s ERA results.
“These facilities have stimulated a productive research and teaching environment, ensuring that our students get a comprehensive and practical education,” Dr Gray said. “We also have a growing number of honours and PhD students that are utilising our world class infrastructure to support their research.”
Recent additions to the staffing profile have also ensured that outstanding research and teaching will continue in to the future. Josh Denham, a clinical exercise physiologist, arrived at UNE in October this year and leads a research program investigating telomere biology, epigenetics and gene expression measured in context with exercise, physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness.
“Ultimately, I am trying to understand the detailed molecular mechanisms underpinning how exercise improves health and longevity and whether the benefits of exercise can be passed on to future generations. This is especially important given the impact that exercise has on preventative health, rehabilitation from injury, athletic performance and quality of life”.
For further information, Professor Aron Murphy can be contacted on +61 2 6773 3118