Wales Virtual Institute of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences

North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI):

NEWI lies on the outskirts of Wrexham, bordering on some of Wales most spectacular scenery including the Dee Valley and Horseshoe Pass. As a full member of the University of Wales, NEWI is a major provider of University education in North Wales, reflected in its recent success in gaining £5.3 million by HEFCW to strengthen its position as Wales’s premier higher education institution in northeast Wales .

Members of 'The Virtual Institute' are based in the Sport & Exercise Sciences Department, and have attracted research collaborations with colleagues at many universities nationally and internationally such as Edinburgh, Loughborough, Otago (New Zealand), Liverpool John Moores, Paris and Manchester Metropolitan University. Our sport science team have a range of consultancy experiences with clients spanning the globe - from the NZRFU & Netball NZ in New Zealand to Major League Soccer in the United States.

The student experience at NEWI is enriched by such consultations and links with our ‘next-door neighbours’ Wrexham AFC and the North Wales Regional Tennis Centre, and the recent development of our international hockey pitch. Furthermore, our vision for research excellence was boosted in 2006 with the refurbishing of our human performance laboratory, now boasting state-of-the-art technology, including a range of high performance analysis systems and software, a glass-fronted heat chamber for acclimatisation testing and a 3-D motion analysis camera system.

All our staff are research active with expertise in exercise physiology, sport & performance psychology, the sociology of sport & migration, biomechanics and coaching pedagogy. Our commitment to research excellence has recently received international recognition for our work in areas such as sports referee and umpire training, exercise and obesity, rowing, swimming, football and physical education. Workshops exhibiting some of our cutting edge football research will be on display at the ‘Wrexham Science Festival’ ( and an interactive family science day ‘Scientriffic’ ( in March 2007.

For more information, contact:

Local Representative:

Dr Duncan Mascarenhas


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