Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Andy Scott

  • Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc, SFHEA, ACSM EP-C, BACPR Phase IV, BASES CEP
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer, Placement Employment Lead and Course Leader (MSc Clinical Exercise Science)
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5298
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  • Department: Department of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Dr Andy Scott joined the department from Canterbury Christ Church University, where he gained his PhD entitled ‘The influence of walking on risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome’ after graduating from the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University. Andy is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, BACPR Phase IV Instructor Postural Stability Instructor for falls prevention and Exercise for Chronic Respiratory Disease Instructor. He is registered as a Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor on the Register of Exercise Professionals, a BASES Certified Exercise Practitioner and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Due to his interests in combining Higher Education and vocational awards in physical activity and health, he is the BASES lead for Fitness and Health. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Hampshire B NHS Research Ethics Committee.

His teaching responsibilities and research interests predominantly relate to the health benefits of physical activity and exercise in the healthcare setting. Most recently Andy has been responsible for starting to bring together groups of researchers and clinicians from the Faculty of Science and local NHS Trusts to work on collaborative research programmes and harness the variety of expertise in the South Coast area. By bringing together local specialists it is envisaged that physical activity and chronic disease or disability research will rapidly grow in this area. He has also co-edited a textbook on Clinical Exercise Science, published by Routledge, which covers the use of exercise in the management of a range of chronic diseases or disorders and authored by expert academic-practitioners from the UK to support learners in the growing field of clinical exercise.

Teaching Responsibilities

Andy is the Level 7 Tutor and co-ordinates the following units: Physical Activity Prescription & Promotion (Level 6), and Exercise Rehabilitation and Clinical Placement (both Level 7). He also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects predominantly in the broad area of health-related exercise. Andy is the course leader for the MSc in Clinical Exercise Science, which utilises staff expertise from the School of Health Sciences and Social Work and applied practitioners in exercise, nutrition and health. Due to coordinating placements within the NHS he is the Department’s Placement & Employment Lead, who is responsible for the BSc Professional Development unit, the MSc Professional Development unit and the Sandwich year for all BSc programmes as well as coordinating the Department’s REPs-endorsed exercise and fitness provision for Level Fitness Instructing, Personal Training and Exercise Referral.

He has previously been an external examiner at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, and at the University of East London. In addition to University activities Andy also reviews for a number of agencies, committees and journals, these include:

  • National Institute for Health Research – Research for Patient Benefit Programme
  • Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
  • International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
  • Nutrients
  • BMJ Open


Areas in which Andy has researched include investigating the ergogenic effect of caffeine on high-intensity aerobic cycling performance and the influence of hypotonic carbohydrate-electrolyte solutions on metabolism and performance during intermittent high intensity running. Current research interests include investigating the minimal physical activity levels to improve health and decrease risk factors associated with chronic diseases, the interaction of nutritional products and exercise on physiological function, physical activity promotion strategies, the evaluation of exercise referral services and the application of exercise in the clinical setting. Examples of recently completed MSc projects include:

  • The influence of beetroot juice ingestion on cardiorespiratory responses to incremental intensity exercise during hypoxic exposure, 2011.
  • The effect of low-moderate intensity and high-moderate intensity walking on post-exercise hypotension in post-menopausal females, 2011.
  • The effect of 12 weeks of supervised aerobic or resistance training on health outcomes in obesity management: a randomised controlled trial, 2012.
  • The effect of beetroot juice ingestion on cardiorespiratory responses to low and moderate intensity exercise in post-myocardial infarction patients
  • The effect of a thermogenic agent compared to marine peptides on exercise metabolism during walking
  • The influence of respiratory muscle training on ventilatory threshold in healthy adults and on respiratory health outcomes in patients with COPD.

Future research in the Physical Activity and Health Research group intends to investigate the integration and optimisation of exercise applications into routine health care, such as refining the prescription of pulmonary muscle training in chronic respiratory diseases, investigating the efficacy and effectiveness of providing exercise services for a wider range of cardiac diseases, facilitating exercise and education for type II diabetes through defined physical activity pathways, the implementation of exercise services for dialysis patients and the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing and exercise training in preparing patients for major surgery.


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