Department for Health


Chronic pain and how it affects countries in Europe

Mon Nov 20 14:13:00 GMT 2017

Pain remains the major source of disability worldwide, and is the main reason people present to health care, from general practice to emergency care. So what are we doing about it? read more »

Your Space, Your Say: Young people have their say about leisure provision in Swindon

Mon Oct 02 16:37:00 BST 2017

On the 21 September 2017, the Your Space Your Say exhibition revealed what young people really think about leisure provision in Swindon. 13 young people (aged 10-17) from diverse backgrounds in Swindon came together to voice leisure and broader health related matters that were important to them. read more »

2018 Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference to be hosted by The University of Bath

Wed Aug 02 09:00:00 BST 2017

The University of Bath has been confirmed as the host venue for the 2018 Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference. read more »

Researcher pitches concerns over hyper surveillance at Six Nations conference in Italy

Wed Jun 21 14:04:00 BST 2017

Shaun Williams has been speaking about the implications of endless monitoring and evaluation on learning environments, decision making and well-being and how these factors ultimately corresponded to detreating performance levels in elite rugby union. read more »

Doctoral student receives Royal Anthropological Institute award

Wed Jan 18 15:56:00 GMT 2017

Carys Banks has won the 2016 Sutasoma Award in recognition of the potential outstanding quality of her research and its expected contribution to social anthropology. read more »

Sports students display research ideas in exhibition

Mon Dec 19 17:52:00 GMT 2016

Final year students from our BA (Hons) Sports and Social Sciences course shared their dissertation ideas and research methods at an exciting showcase event with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell. read more »

Innovative teaching project flips classroom to make students policy makers

Mon Dec 12 15:19:00 GMT 2016

An innovative teaching idea, led by Dr Jess Francombe-Webb in the Department for Health, has developed a deeper understanding about the complexities surrounding tackling childhood obesity by putting students in the shoes of policy-makers. read more »

The life of an athlete: Is university for me?

Mon Sep 26 14:41:00 BST 2016

Sport and Social Sciences student Jenny Nesbitt shares her experience and offers advice to young athletes considering university in the future or getting ready to start their first year. read more »

Pain stories: Young people with pain and their families needed to talk about how they make sense of pain

Mon Sep 26 11:10:00 BST 2016

Researchers from the University of Bath are interested in talking to young people who experience pain and their families to help us understand what it is like for individuals and their families to live with pain and to learn more about how pain is understood. read more »

Participants wanted for study into developing information resources to support healthy lifestyle change

Thu Jun 23 10:47:00 BST 2016

Knowing why the body works in certain ways, and how different things in our lives affect our bodies, could help people to understand not just what changes they need to make to be healthier but also why these changes work. read more »

Research student supports 2016 Invictus Games

Thu Jun 16 12:48:00 BST 2016

PhD student Gareth Roberts recently accompanied the UK Invictus Games team out to Orlando for the 2016 Invictus Games. read more »

Men and Women wanted for survey to help find out how masculinity and femininity influence how we cope with pain

Thu Jun 02 16:08:00 BST 2016

Researchers are looking for men and women aged 18 and over to complete a short, online survey. This asks questions about your experiences of pain, including what you do when you are in pain, as well as about your personality and attitudes related to coping with pain. read more »

Inaugural lecture: Obliged to be well? Healthy minds and active bodies in context of inequality

Fri May 13 11:22:00 BST 2016

Professor Simone Fullagar delivered her inaugural lecture on 27 April 2016. The lecture was entitled: Obliged to be well? Healthy minds and active bodies in context of inequality. read more »

Inaugural lecture: Why do we need physical activity and how much is enough?

Wed Mar 09 16:58:00 GMT 2016

Professor Dylan Thompson delivered his inaugural lecture on 2 March 2016. The lecture was entitled, Physical Activity: Why do we need it and how much is enough? read more »

Sports Performance Conference raises the bar

Tue Feb 02 09:37:00 GMT 2016

On Friday 22 January a Sports Performance Conference was held on campus that attracted over 200 athletes and sports specialists from across the UK and Europe. read more »

Funding awarded to develop assistive robotics for care in the home

Wed Dec 23 14:31:00 GMT 2015

A consortium of leading researchers, care providers and robotics experts have received a major award of over £2m from Innovate UK to develop a modular robotic solution for the home to revolutionise long-term care by giving people the choice to stay independent in their own homes as they age. read more »

Simone Fullagar receives international recognition for gender research

Mon Nov 30 11:09:00 GMT 2015

Professor Simone Fullagar has received a prestigious award from the University of Waterloo for research that she has undertaken on gender in relation to issues of equity and participation in sport, leisure and health. read more »

Alumni students share careers advice

Fri Nov 13 16:29:00 GMT 2015

On Friday 6 November 2016, three alumni from the Department for Health returned to the campus for the day to speak to current undergraduates about their careers since finishing their studies. read more »

Graduate highlights new training models for endurance sport

Fri Aug 28 17:02:00 BST 2015

A recent graduate from our BSc Sports Performance programme has been presenting their research in training models for endurance sport at a national conference. read more »

Professional Doctorate in Health graduate talks with Viva Survivors

Mon Aug 03 17:02:00 BST 2015

Denise Proudfoot, who completed her Professional Doctorate in Health while working as a Nurse Lecturer, speaks about her research and experience of the programme. read more »

Health Research Showcase Report and Invite for Follow on Meeting

Thu Jul 30 09:24:00 BST 2015

The Health Research Showcase was attended by over 200 people and provided an opportunity to learn about how important health research is for improving people’s health and wellbeing, as well as improving patient experience and care. read more »

Dr Cassie Wilson appointed Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)

Tue Jun 30 09:06:00 BST 2015

Dr Cassie Wilson has been appointed as the new Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. read more »

Sport student Dylan Gallanders to help shape the future of sport in Wales

Wed May 20 17:10:00 BST 2015

Current BA (hons) Sport & Social Sciences student Dylan Gallanders has been selected to join the Sport Wales Advisory Group - the first of its kind to be established to develop new strategic thinking to help broaden sport's appeal amongst the less active. read more »

Steffi Colyer wins BASES student conference prize

Mon May 18 16:28:00 BST 2015

Research student Steffi Colyer has been awarded the Postgraduate Free Communication Presentation Award at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) conference. read more »

British Psychological Society award for Health researcher

Fri Mar 27 09:52:00 GMT 2015

Dr Rachel Arnold from our Department for Health has been recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for her research on psychological stress experienced by those competing in sport. read more »

REF2014 results confirm department’s world-leading status

Fri Mar 13 09:20:00 GMT 2015

The National Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) results reveal that ~90% of research conducted in the Department for Health is world leading or internationally excellent. read more »

Inactive volunteers wanted for research into very time-efficient exercise for improving fitness

Mon Feb 02 15:20:00 GMT 2015

We are investigating the benefits of very time-efficient exercise programmes and are looking for healthy volunteers (18-30 years old) who are not currently involved in regular exercise training. read more »

Could walking to work help fix the nation’s health woes?

Fri Nov 14 15:50:00 GMT 2014

Businesses will be encouraging staff to walk to work as part of a new £1 million trial which gets underway this month. read more »

Volunteers wanted to test state-of-the-art personal monitoring device

Thu Oct 16 12:56:00 BST 2014

Researchers from our Department for Health are looking for local volunteers to try out a brand new personal monitoring device, developed at the University, to help individuals meet fitness and weight loss targets. read more »

Collaboration to strengthen research into legacy issues

Mon Oct 13 09:15:00 BST 2014

As Brazil gears up for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games after a summer in which the world’s attention was focused on the country for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, a new research collaboration between our University and international partners in São Paulo will explore the impact of major sporting events, such as these, on society, politics and the economy. read more »

Research from UK Centre for Alcohol and Tobacco Studies featured in PLOS Blog

Wed Oct 01 15:17:00 BST 2014

Research by Selda Ulucanlar and the UK Centre for Alcohol and Tobacco Studies was featured in a blog article for the Public Library of Science (PLOS). read more »

The sky is not the limit for Bath graduate working at European Space Agency

Wed Sep 24 10:45:00 BST 2014

University of Bath graduate, Dr Jon Scott, has landed his ‘ dream job’ in space medicine at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Germany. read more »

Welcome to new Sports students starting in 2014

Fri Sep 19 18:20:00 BST 2014

We are pleased to welcome our new students commencing their studies for the 2014/15 academic year in the Department for Health. read more »

Men with Type 2 diabetes wanted for new 'HIT' exercise study

Tue Sep 09 15:49:00 BST 2014

Scientists from the department are looking for men with Type 2 diabetes aged 40-60 to take part in a new study to find out more about the health benefits of short bursts of exercise. read more »

Volunteers needed for new study to help disabled people get more active

Tue Aug 05 09:02:00 BST 2014

Following the success of para-athletes taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, researchers in our Department for Health are embarking on a new study to understand more about the benefits of moderate-intensity exercise for wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries. read more »

Dr Aki Salo becomes Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport

Mon Jul 28 12:06:00 BST 2014

Dr Aki Salo from the Department for Health was recently made a Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS). He was one of only two persons who received this accolade at the annual conference of the ISBS in Johnson City, Tennessee on 12-16 July 2014. read more »

New collaboration will encourage older people to get more active

Wed Jul 23 14:34:00 BST 2014

A new Health Integration Team (HIT), involving researchers from our University, has been given the go ahead to improve activity and health in later life for local people. read more »

Volunteers needed for research to control blood sugar levels

Wed Jul 16 13:57:00 BST 2014

Our Department for Health is seeking local people who have problems controlling their blood sugar levels to take part in a research study to examine the benefits of making small lifestyle changes. read more »

New study suggests CBT in primary schools would significantly reduce anxiety levels among 9-10 year olds

Tue Jul 15 14:36:00 BST 2014

Introducing lessons in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in primary schools would significantly reduce anxiety levels among 9 - 10 year olds, according to new research published today in The Lancet Psychiatry read more »

Volunteers needed for new study into the danger of prolonged sitting on health

Mon Jul 07 09:14:00 BST 2014

A number of recent reports have highlighted the health challenges of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, in particular the negative impacts of sitting over long periods of each day in front of computer screens or TVs. read more »

Keeping active pays off even in your 70s and 80s

Wed Jul 02 10:22:00 BST 2014

Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research has revealed. read more »

What you get is what you expect - public lecture podcast from Dr Katja Wiech

Mon Jun 30 16:18:00 BST 2014

In this lecture, Dr Katja Wiech from the Centre for Pain Research, talks about research into how expectations can influence the outcome of pain treatment. read more »

Emma Rich receives Innovation in Learning & Teaching Award

Fri Jun 20 10:52:00 BST 2014

Dr Emma Rich from the Department for Health has received the Innovation in Learning & Teaching Award 2014 in recognition of her significant contribution to innovation in curriculum design, content and delivery. read more »

Researcher to investigate mechanisms of how physical activity protects against cancer

Sat Jun 14 10:11:00 BST 2014

Dr James Turner from the Department for Health has been awarded a 12-month research grant to investigate whether physical activity can protect against cancer. read more »

Mariana and Alex to play for Jersey at Glasgow 2014

Fri May 16 10:48:00 BST 2014

University of Bath graduates Mariana Agathangelou and Alex Hutchings will play badminton for Jersey at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. read more »

Expert verdict on tobacco industry evidence against standardised packaging

Wed Mar 26 09:50:00 GMT 2014

The arguments put forward by tobacco companies against the public health benefits of standardised packaging are ‘largely without foundation’, according to experts in our Tobacco Control Research Group and UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Control Studies (UKCTAS). read more »

The Conversation: Choosing sport is not easy for women in a society obsessed with body image

Thu Mar 20 11:53:00 GMT 2014

Professor Simone Fullagar and Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb examine participation for women and girls in sport and physical culture and how national campaigns alone cannot bring about more engagement and opportunities for participation. read more »

Department featured in British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine Today

Wed Mar 19 17:10:00 GMT 2014

The Department for Health has guest edited the latest issue of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine Today (BASEM) magazine: the membership magazine for the UK Sport and Exercise Medicine community. read more »

Sport and Social Sciences student elected as Students' Union President

Tue Mar 18 12:52:00 GMT 2014

The Department of Education is pleased to announce that final year Sport and Social Sciences student Jordan Kenny has been elected as Students' Union President for 2014/15. read more »

Alumni careers seminar a success

Thu Mar 13 11:45:00 GMT 2014

On Friday 28th February, students from our sport and exercise degrees attended a seminar focussing on career development following graduation. read more »

Illicit tobacco 'scare stories' used to fuel doubts over standardised packaging

Wed Mar 12 09:06:00 GMT 2014

Cigarette companies are casting doubt about standardised packaging by planting misleading stories, misquoting government data and commissioning ‘dodgy’ surveys about levels of illicit tobacco, according to the authors of a new paper. read more »

Understanding the role of clinical evidence within healthcare

Thu Mar 06 11:51:00 GMT 2014

A new book written by Dr Gordon Taylor, Medical Statistician from the Department for Health, hopes to help healthcare professionals better understand and use clinical evidence and data sources. read more »

Research to evaluate the promotion of sport and physical activity to older disabled adults

Tue Mar 04 10:16:00 GMT 2014

Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb and Dr Rachel Arnold from the Department for Health have secured funding from Age UK to conduct a longitudinal study that aims to evaluate the promotion of sport and physical activity to older disabled adults. read more »

Sports and social science research boosted by arrival of Professor Fullagar

Wed Feb 26 16:33:00 GMT 2014

Professor Simone Fullagar, expert in sport and physical cultural studies, has joined our Department for Health having moved from Australia. read more »

Innovative 'flipped' classroom experience at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Tue Feb 25 16:36:00 GMT 2014

Some of our final year BSc Sport and Social Science students have been given a rare opportunity to engage with a new innovative classroom experience taking place at the Sochi Winter Olympics. read more »

Tobacco industry ‘evidence’ on standardised packaging weak or off-topic say researchers

Thu Feb 13 11:21:00 GMT 2014

The deluge of evidence cited by global tobacco companies in response to a recent government consultation on standardised packaging for cigarettes was either ‘low quality’ or ‘off-topic’, according to new analysis published today in BMJ Open from researchers in our Department for Health. read more »

Bath students visit Palace of Westminster

Wed Feb 12 12:08:00 GMT 2014

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) sent eight of our students to the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 29 January for a visit hosted by Lord Patel, Shadow Minister for Communities. read more »

Extent of tobacco industry's lobbying tactics unveiled by new paper

Tue Feb 11 15:14:00 GMT 2014

Policy-makers need to ‘wise-up’ to the methods used by the tobacco industry in attempts to influence marketing regulations, according to the authors of a new study published today. read more »

Over 65s wanted for health study into impact of ageing on muscles

Mon Feb 03 17:12:00 GMT 2014

Scientists from the University are hoping to recruit men and women aged 65 – 80 to take part in a new study to investigate the effects of ageing on muscle strength, power and co-ordination. read more »

Student shortlisted for National Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2014

Mon Feb 03 14:36:00 GMT 2014

Jordan Kenny, a final year Sport and Social Science student, has been shortlisted (alongside 4 other students from across the UK) for the National Student Volunteer of the Year Award. read more »

Researchers explore the effect of headaches on everyday life

Fri Jan 24 11:14:00 GMT 2014

Researchers in the University of Bath's Department for Health are looking for volunteers who suffer from tension headaches to help them understand how pain affects their attention, memory, and ability to think clearly. read more »

Researchers want overweight men to take part in new 'HIT' exercise study

Fri Jan 17 11:30:00 GMT 2014

Scientists from the Department for Health are looking for overweight men aged 18 – 55 to take part in a new study to find out more about the health impacts of short bursts of exercise read more »

Volunteers wanted to change diet and activity for just 10 days

Mon Jan 13 12:24:00 GMT 2014

Hoping to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2014? Researchers from the University of Bath are looking for volunteers to take part in a study to examine the health benefits of making small changes to diet and activity over a period of just ten days. read more »

New book offers an inspirational teaching guide

Mon Dec 16 13:41:00 GMT 2013

For the Love of Learning brings together 36 essays from National Teaching Fellows selected to inspire university staff to explore and experiment with new opportunities in their teaching. read more »

Daily exercise can help ensure guilt-free Christmas

Sun Dec 15 12:37:00 GMT 2013

Even if you consume significantly more calories than you burn off this Christmas, a short, daily bout of exercise will stave off most of the negative effects of over-eating and inactivity, according to scientists at the University of Bath. read more »

Introducing Blue Ice: a self-harm prevention app

Fri Dec 06 14:31:00 GMT 2013

Researchers from the Department for Health in the University of Bath have developed a self-harm prevention app called ‘Blue Ice’ which has been designed specifically for use in a clinical setting by young self-harmers. read more »

Student entrepreneurs win funding from Dragons

Wed Dec 04 12:53:00 GMT 2013

Student entrepreneurs have secured over £2000 of seed funding in this year’s Dragons’ Den competition, held by Enterprise Bath on 6th November. read more »

Researchers call for tougher restrictions on tobacco industry philanthropy

Fri Nov 29 17:03:00 GMT 2013

Researchers at the University of Bath have called for tougher restrictions on the way tobacco companies use philanthropy for political influence. read more »

Dr Arnold receives dissertation award from AASP

Thu Nov 28 14:27:00 GMT 2013

Dr Rachel Arnold, a Lecturer in Sport & Performance Psychology from our Department for Health, recently received the Dissertation Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). read more »

Classroom therapy may not be answer to treating depression in teenagers

Tue Nov 06 12:21:00 GMT 2012

Researchers in the Department for Health have found that introducing mood therapy into the classroom may not be the answer to treating depression in teenagers. read more »

Volunteers required for online survey - making sense of media messages about weight and health issues

Thu Oct 11 12:15:00 BST 2012

Department for Health research student Dorota Juszczyk, is launching one of the first studies to ask people what they think about weight and health press coverage, and what messages these articles are really getting across. read more »

University researchers helping to improve wellbeing of isolated older people

Mon Oct 08 14:26:00 BST 2012

Researchers from the Department for Health are working with a local charity on new initiatives to help older people improve their health and wellbeing. read more »

Climate change makes metabolism test invalid scientists find

Tue Oct 02 12:09:00 BST 2012

Scientists from the Department for Health have shown for the first time how climate change is having a major impact on tests to measure metabolism. read more »

Rugby teams asked to be part of new research into cause of injury

Wed Sep 19 09:35:00 BST 2012

Researchers from the Department for Health are looking for community rugby teams to take part in a study to improve understanding about the risk of injury in the game. read more »

Be a part of University research that aims to reduce risk of diabetes

Tue Sep 11 11:23:00 BST 2012

Scientists from the University of Bath are looking for volunteers to help them continue research into how short exercise sprints can help to reduce the risk of diabetes. read more »

University launches life-changing research centre into disability sport

Fri Sep 07 15:31:00 BST 2012

The University is today launching a new Centre of Excellence that will host research into disability sport and exercise for disabled athletes and military amputees. read more »

MPhil graduate wins award for anti-doping research

Thu Aug 30 10:38:00 BST 2012

A former MPhil student from the Department for Health’s Sports & Exercise Science programme has received a Young Investigator Award from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for his research into doping in football. read more »

Tobacco Research embraces social media

Thu Aug 23 12:11:00 BST 2012

The University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group has opened up its research to new audiences using social media. read more »

Researchers to evaluate a new concussion protocol for rugby

Tue Aug 21 14:39:00 BST 2012

Researchers from the University of Bath have been chosen by the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby to evaluate the trial of a Pitch Side Concussion Assessment, designed to give medical teams more time and a better environment to assess head injuries during play. read more »

Dr James Betts and Dr Keith Stokes disputes BBC Panorama and BMJ claims about sports products

Fri Aug 17 14:39:00 BST 2012

Dr James Betts, Senior Lecturer in the University’s Department for Health has disputed BBC Panorama and the associated British Medical Journal (BMJ) series regarding sports products research. read more »