University of Wales Bangor (UWB):
UWB was established in 1884 and the current main University buildings are on a hillside overlooking Bangor town.
Many members of 'The Virtual Institute' are based in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. The School is one of the leading centres for sports-related research in the United Kingdom. It was rated ‘5A’ in the Research Assessment Exercise (2001), based on an assessment of all their staff, placing them as the highest rated department of its kind in Wales and among the top three in the UK. The School has some of the world’s leading researchers who have national and international reputations in sport and exercise psychology, motor control and learning, and clinical exercise physiology. In addition the School has Psychology, Physiology and Kinesiology research groups together with an Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance and an Institute for Rehabilitation.
Our excellence in research feeds directly into our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Our graduates are equipped with the latest knowledge in their selected field, a wide range of transferable skills, and an autonomous approach to learning that keeps them at the cutting edge of their chosen career. The research skills of our postgraduate students are widely recognised as exemplary and they are in great demand once they qualify. PhD students from the School have gone on to lecture at universities in the UK such as Loughborough, Exeter, Leeds and Strathclyde, and overseas, in Denver, Otago (New Zealand) and Rome.
The School is housed in a Grade II listed building on the banks of the Menai Straits. The building provides excellent teaching and research facilities with extensive laboratories, including: a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry laboratory; exercise physiology research laboratories; an underwater weighing laboratory; a suite of psychomotor experimental rooms and an environmental chamber.
Professor Lew Hardy