Research in the School of Sport and Education
The School of Sport and Education is a research-friendly environment with research activity focused within two fields of enquiry – Sport Sciences and Education.
It has a lively mix of new researchers working alongside more experienced colleagues, many of whom are from relevant professional backgrounds within the domains of sport sciences and education.
The School has students registered on PhD, MPhil and EdD research degree programmes. Students are attached to, and undertake research closely allied to research themes within the School’s two subject areas.
Sport Sciences provides a home to two dynamic research centres that are internationally recognised: The Brunel Centre for Sport, Health and Wellbeing (BC•SHaW) and the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance (CSMHP). Staff who work in social sciences, sports management and the social psychology of sport are affiliated to BC•SHaW while staff who work in biomechanics, physiology and sport psychology/motor control are affiliated to CSMHP. Both centres engage in interdisciplinary research and there are several active collaborations between members of the centres. Sport Sciences has staff with national and international reputations for their research and consultancy, some of whom are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) which enables them to work with high performance athletes. Also, several of the psychologists in Sport Sciences are chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Brunel University's Sport Sciences submission was ranked 8th in the UK and 1st in the Greater London area.
Education is a centre for interdisciplinary research in a diverse range of education related disciplines. It is home to staff with national and international reputations for their research and publications. Research is organised under three research groups: Curriculum Adaptation and Educational Interventions (CAEI); Education, Identities and Social Inclusion (EISI) and Pedagogy and Professional Practice (PPP).