star Research Students

The following Postgraduate Research Students have completed their doctorate during the REF census period. For a list of current students please view departmental pages. Where possible, we have linked to the full-text electronic version of the PhD theses. The other PhD theses are available on request by contacting

Name Project Title
BROWN, Nicola Comparison of Change in Obesity Parameters and the Relationship Between Changes in Body Composition and Physiological and Psychological Health Status
DAVEY, Sarah Lee The effect of varying torso skin temperatures on thermal perceptions during moderate exercise in the heat
LUNT, Heather Claire Cross-adaptation: the effect cold habituation has on the physiological responses to acute hypoxia in humans
NEWTON, Mark The initial perception of humidity
GILLIS, Daren Jason Influence of menthol on human temperature regulation and perception
GUERITEE Julien Thermal Comfort During and Following Water Immersion in Humans
MILLIGAN Gemma Shiel Fitness standards for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Oil and Gas Industry
POWER Jonathan Thomas Human temperature regulation in wind and waves
RISIUS Deborah An investigation of breast support for older women
WHITE Jennifer Breast support implications for female recreational athletes

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star Research Collaborations

The EEMSRG is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with strong collaborative links with other academic institutions internationally. Research staff have undertaken and published collaborative research with groups from the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and London. The EEMSRG is one of five laboratories forming the EPERE grouping, the others being in Australia, France, Japan and Slovenia. This group is supported by Memoranda of Understanding between the laboratories designed to facilitate collaboration. Researchers from EEMSRG have contributed to the multinational (12 countries) task force on drowning prevention, and work with companies in the USA, Germany and France. The output from the EEMSRG has been used to inform treatment and policy, increase public engagement in science and influence equipment design. Collaborators with the group include: Decathlon (France), EI, UK, US and NZ Maritime and Coastguard Agencies, MoD, RNLI, WL Gore. The EEMSRG’s Extreme Environments Laboratory (EEL) is the designated thermal physiology laboratory of The Fuchs Foundation and was, until recently, a UKSport (Partner for Innovation – now discontinued with UKSport re-organisation). The Research Group in Breast Health engage in multidisciplinary collaborative research spanning for example, health and engineering via long term collaboration with the Sports Engineering Group at Sheffield Hallam University. Additionally, the Group collaborate with many industry partners including Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Speedo, Playtex, Gossard, Berlei, Sweatshop, Moving Comfort, Lululemon, Shock Absorber, Courtaulds, Lanka Equities, QP Sport. The Human Performance and Health Research Group have supported the Services expedition to Makalu, the ‘Spirit of Scott’ British Services Antarctic Expedition, and specialist support to 15 UK Olympic sports teams. In addition this group has forged strong collaborative links with industry partners (MCA, MoD, EI, WLGore), sporting groups (Hampshire CCC, Rugby Football Union, Middlesex CCC, ASA, Portsmouth FC, Southampton FC, UKSport, GB Pistol Shooting), and charitable foundations, (Fuchs Foundation, RNLI).

Research collaboration is encouraged where it improves the quality or breadth of the work undertaken, or is likely to facilitate funding. There is regular liaison and collaboration with groups within the University (e.g. Psychology Dept., Ageing Network, Environment Network, Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science). External to the university, researchers are supported to visit potential collaborators and produce joint applications. A recent Erasmus grant with the University of Ghent has led to an exchange programme that has already produced a research publication (Sports Medicine) and a new programme of work in muscle function. In recent years the research work of the EEMSRG has increasingly combined whole body integrative human physiology with both in vitro and in vivo animal work. Examples include recent fundamental work on the pathophysiology of Non-freezing cold injury (human work plus rat tail model - collaboration with Portsmouth Pharmacology) and our “Autonomic Conflict” theory of sudden death (human work plus isolated heart preparation - studies with a group in London). We have had sabbatical visitors from Australia, Canada, France and Slovenia and we have honorary visiting lecturers from the MoD Institute of Naval Medicine (Dr Roiz de Sa), British Cycling (Nigel Mitchell) and Industry (Dr Mark Newton, WL Gore; Amanda Brasher, Sweatshop). These appointments provide additional expertise and perspective, as well as links with key external group that use and fund our research.

Staff in our research groups have a wide variety of leadership roles including: Patron of SARbot charity. Trustee & Director of Surf Lifesaving GB External committee memberships including: UKSport Research Advisory Group (Chairmanship) to 2013; English Institute of Sport, Technical Advisory Group; Medical committee for the Society for Ectodermal Dysplasia; Medical & Survival Committee, Royal National Lifeboat Institution; Medical Advisory Board, Surf Lifesaving Association, UK; Maritime Coastguard Agency, Lifejacket Expert Panel Member; Energy Institute (Oil Industry) Health Technical Committee; Non-Freezing Cold Injury Review Group Advisory Committee (Deputy Chairman) and BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Training Committee (Chair). SkillsActive Panel members; Member of the Hampshire B NRES Research Ethics Committee. Chair of the BASES Awards Committee; BASES Accreditation Committee Representative for Biomechanics and Psychology. Editors: International Journal of Swimming Kinetics; Extreme Physiology and Medicine; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; European Journal of Sport Science. Memberships of Physiological Society; BPS, HCPC, BASES; ISBS, ECSS, HEA, ACSM. Conference organising committee for the: International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics; Energy Institute International Meeting Scientific symposium; BASES student conference 2014.

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