Projects and Consultancy

Business and Consultancy

We can undertake a wide range of bespoke business and consultancy projects and would be willing to discuss any individual needs with you. We are well connected through our business and consultancy work. 

Regional bodies

We have links with regional bodies including Fitness First, Walsall Football Club and Black Country Sports Partnership.

National networks

At a national level, strong links exist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), European Sport Development Network and IADMS.


This facility draws on the expertise held within the University which has combined to create a set of diagnostic services for organisations supporting the general population but especially sports people and those with potential health risks.

HealthScan uses state of the art dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) bone density scanning technology with a wide range of applications including:

  • Measurement of bone mineral density inlcuding diagnosis of osteoperosis and osteopenia.
  • Overall body fat composition including viseral (internal fat).
  • Detailed muscle composition. 

Body composition scanning can be suitable for individuals from all walks of life and includes:

  • Elite athletes
  • Medical referrals
  • Individuals taking part in a structured weight management or exercise plan.

HealthScan provides a quick and efficient means of scanning undertaken by friendly, qualified and experienced staff. Find out more about HealthScan.

Research partnerships and collaborations

RCSEP has developed and nurtured an extensive network of research and enterprise partnerships and collaborations. Our objective is to build upon these successes by continuing strategic collaborations that have resulted from funding opportunities and support in-kind.

Organisational collaboration

RCSEP have undertaken collaborations with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), and Dudley Group of Hospitals. Grant collaborations resulting from such partnerships include the recent MRC strategic grant involving Birmingham University and Action Heart working on a National Prevention Research Initiative, the Marie Curie IRSES, which is supporting the development of a network of excellence for research on genetic predisposition to cardio-metabolic disorders and a Marie Curie ITN application involving 9 institutions across Europe.

RCSEP have received a great deal of funding in-kind to support research initiatives. This includes the BBC Lab UK project “can you compete under pressure” fronted by Michael Johnson. Professor Lane was the lead academic in this online experiment designed to examine the influence of brief interventions on performance whilst under pressure.

Dr Metsios undertakes collaborative research with the Dudley and Derby Groups of Hospitals, Sheffield Hospital, and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (London University).

Working with official bodies

Staff are actively involved with a number of professional, statutory and regulatory organisations associated with sport and exercise science. For example:

  • Dr Sellars is currently Chair of the task group appointed by BASES to nominate end-users for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Panel. He is also a member of a task group identifying masters equivalency for the Chartered Scientist Grandparenting Process.
  • Dr Devonport, Professor Lane, and Dr Sellars are Health Professional Council Registered Psychologists, Chartered Psychologists by the British Psychological Society, and Accredited by BASES for scientific support.
  • Professor Lane is a BPS Qualified Level 2 Assessor in the Sport and Exercise Psychology Division.
  • Dr Griggs is a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Special Interest Group for Physical Education. Professor Nevill is an established fellow of The Royal Statistical Society.

Dance science collaborations

Our staff have made a significant contribution to the dance science research field. Professors Koutedakis and Wyon are on the editorial board for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and have been on the Board of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) from 2004 until now. Presently Professor Wyon is the Vice President/President-Elect of the Associations and Chair of its Research Committee. They also sit on the Medical Advisory Committee for Dance UK which provides direction and information to the dance profession on injury management, prevention and intervention strategies. This has led to the University of Wolverhampton being a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS), in collaboration with the Universities of London and Birmingham.

Partnerships in applied sports

RCSEP research has informed the work of applied sports scientists including the English Institute of Sport, GB Rowing, Department of Sports Medicine, ASPETAR; Qatar, National Sports Institute of Malaysia; Malaysia. We have provided scientific support to individuals and teams in a range of different sports and activities.

Examples of organisations we have worked with include the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Centre for Health and Human Performance, 76 Harley Street, British Judo Association, England Netball, England Volleyball, English National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dance and Royal Academy of Dance.

RCSEP members have also worked in coach-education (England Basketball Coaches Association) and with sports officials (Sports Officials UK). RCSEP has comprehensive links with a number of health and fitness organisations including the Wolverhampton Healthy Lifestyle Team.

We have research and consultancy links with a range of soccer clubs which Ross Cloak, Lab Director, co-ordinates data collection opportunities. The range of clubs includes; Aston Villa, Birmingham City Ladies, Chelsea, Lincoln Ladies, Malmo, Shrewsbury Town, Swindon Town, Walsall, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderer. We have also worked with soccer referees at the FA centre, Burton. We are currently working on a project campaigning against racism and homophobia in football.

Funded Research Projects

Research projects take place within our focused research groups. Below is an overview of some of our key projects. You can find out more about them by visiting the relevant research group page. You can also view projects on individual staff profiles in our staff directory.

Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS)
Prof Andy Lane, Andrew Friesen, and Dr Chris Beedie
Group: Applied Psychology and Coaching (APAC)

The influence of emotions on running performance
Professor Andy Lane and Dr Tracey Devonport
Group: Applied Psychology and Coaching (APAC)

Can exercise become a habitual aspect of leisure pursuit?
Group: Leisure industries Research (LIRG)

Great Sporting Moments
Dr Gerald Griggs, Kath Leflay and Dr Mark Groves
Group: Sport Culture And Physical Education (SCAPE)

Gender and Sport
Dr Kay Biscomb
Group: Sport Culture And Physical Education (SCAPE)

Movement Culture
Gavin Ward
Group: Sport Culture And Physical Education (SCAPE)

Special Educational Needs and Physical Education 
Richard Medcalf
Group: Sport Culture And Physical Education (SCAPE)

Occupational Socialisation and Instructional Models
Dr Nick O’Leary
Group: Sport Culture And Physical Education (SCAPE)

Various projects involving Olympic research
Pat McCarthy, Dr Gerald Griggs and Gavin Ward
Group: Sport Culture And Physical Education (SCAPE)

Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Survivors: randomised controlled trial
Group: Research in Health and Exercise

Exercise and Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis: randomised controlled trial
Funder: MRC
Group: Research in Health and Exercise

Genetic Polymorphsims and Cardiometabolic Disease: The effects of Physical Activity
Funder: European Commission
Group: Research in Health and Exercise

Vascular Function and Exercise in Patients with Chronic Inflammatory Conditions
Group: Research in Health and Exercise

Bone Mineral Density and dance
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Injury Rates and mechanical properties of dance floors
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Vitamin D, muscle function and injury incidence in professional dancers
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Developing active and passive ranges of movement (flexibility)
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Functionality of dance shoe design
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Cardiac Screening for dancers
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Daily demands of professional dancers
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Training tomorrow's dancers
In collaboration with ArtEZ, Netherlands
Group: Dance Science and Medicine

Home Advantage
Prof Alan Nevill
Group: Sport Performance

The acute effects of vibration on time to stabilisation in elite footballers
Group: Sport Performance

Can vibration improve balance and dynamic stability for those with functional ankle instability
Group: Sport Performance

The effect of fatigue on balance
Group: Sport Performance