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Ever wondered what some of our past students are doing today? Have a look at our alumni profiles to find out.

If you are a graduate from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, and interested in having your profile on the website, why not contact us and let us know what you're up to these days by contacting

Emma Tye - Cardiac Rehabilitation, University Hospital of North Midlands

Emma graduated with a BSc Sport, Health and Physical Education and a MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology in 2012. She has come back to talk to students about how her journey and career path has led to a position in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at University Hospital of North Midlands.

Lewis Fox - Lead Academy Sport Scientist at Blackburn Rovers Academy

It Began at Bangor... Lewis Fox studied at Bangor University's Sport Science for both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Lewis currently works as a Lead Academy Sport Scientist at Blackburn Rovers Academy.

Stewart Laing - Performance Director for Short Track Speed Skating

SHES alumnus, Stewart Laing was appointed as Performance Director for Short Track Speed Skating in January 2016.  His role involves helping Team GB achieve success heading into the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.

Stewart took up his new prestigious role having previously served as Head Performance Pathway Scientist at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and UK Sport, where he was a key figure in overseeing the support systems that identify and develop talented athletes.  He has vast experience in high performance sport and prior to his career at the EIS, he held senior sport science roles at the Sport Wales Institute, Bangor University and the British Olympic Association (BOA). During his career, Stewart has worked extensively with the Short Track Speed Skating programme and supported numerous athletes and coaches, including Olympic bronze medalist Nicky Gooch.


Ben Price

"Race at an international, elite level, in Mountain Bike Gravity Enduro for the Whyte Bikes Enduro Team.  Previously raced at a National, Elite Level in Cross Country on the TORQ Performance Mountain Bike Team, one of the UK top XC Race Teams, which I also manage as part of my job. Passion for Mountain Biking started whilst studying at Bangor.  Currently studying for an International Olympic Committee, Diploma in Sports Nutrition."


Matthew Wharton

Graduated with a Second Class (upper division) BSc degree in Sport Science with Psychology last year (i.e., 2013-14)

Qualified (PGA) golf professional (teaching out of Treborth driving range) whilst studying. He’s now based out of St Deiniol (Bangor) Golf Club.

Interested in applying psychology to playing golf and teaching golf to others. He has also picked up some additional PGA specific sports psychology training during his time at Bangor – so clearly motivated.


Ed Barney

PhD Doctor of Philosophy (not graduated yet – hopefully 2015)

Having conducted an applied Ph.D. with Bangor University and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), I was able to develop a strong understanding of talent identification and development practices. The combined academic and applied experience gave me an exceptionably strong grounding (in conjunction with previous experience as an athlete and coach) to progress from my PhD, to work with the ECB and then Great Britain Hockey.


Chris Earing

During my time in Bangor I have worked in many specialised teams providing applied physiological support to elite athletes including the GB Telemark ski team, GB Biathlon team and Ironman Triathletes. These experiences set me in good stand for the NHS working within their multidisciplinary teams.



Dr Niamh-Elizabeth Reilly

Since my PhD I have gone on to become an inclusion and SEND specialist working for various national and international organisations on various innovative inclusion projects. I currently am an associate lecturer (Sport and Exercise) and an online tutor (Psychology) at the University of Derby.



Francesco Sartor

At the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences of Bangor University, I have done a PhD on the influence of glucose availability on metabolism in skeletal muscle tissue and its role in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. During the 4 years of my PhD I have learned to organize small clinical trials, and at the same time manage in vitro lab work.



Phil Nelson

  • Graduated from SHES 1994 BA Hons 2:1
  • Graduated for Bangor Business School with Executive MBA in 2012

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James Bell

Since graduating from my PhD, I have held three different jobs in elite sport. Initially I was offered a position as a performance psychologist with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), principally working in their development programs along the England Cricket pathway.



Zoe Saynor - Paediatric Physiology Research Scholar

I am currently a Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health within the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth.  I also have honorary research contracts to conduct clinical exercise physiology research at the Southampton General Hospital (Respiratory) and Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth (endocrinology).


Cherrie Daley - Performance Psychologist

Following my MSc I took a research assistant position at St Martin’s college, Lancaster (now University of Cumbria).  During my time in Lancaster I conducted research projects and developed a teaching role while conducting my PhD studies (part time) at Northumbria University.  Thanks to the support of my employer, and supervisors Dr Sandy Wolfson and Professor Pam Briggs, I successfully defended my thesis in 2009.  During the same period I developed my applied skills under the supervision of  Dr Dave Houlston, gaining Chartered Psychologist status from the British Psychological Society in 2008.


Ioan Llewelyn - New York Red Bulls

Ioan Llewelyn, Bangor City assistant manager and the club's head of youth development, has recently joined Thierry Henry's New York Red Bulls new Academy structure on an initial eight-month contract. Read more...

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Kylie Wilson - WRU elite

Kylie, originally from New Zealand, came to Bangor University to study for a PhD in Sports Psychology. The Welsh Women's Rugby No 8 has made over 50 consecutive appearances in the Welsh ranks. She has figured in every Welsh match since making her debut in the victory over the Netherlands at Bridgend in 2000. 

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Image of Sally AkehurstSally Akehurst - Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology

After completing an MSc and PhD at Bangor, Sally is now a lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her duties include Lecturing, Research, Consultancy and Administraction. Sally says she'll always have fond memories of Bangor.

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Shuge Zhange- MSc students go international

Recently completed SSHES international MSc student, Shuge Zhange, has used the subject specific and wider employability knowledge he gained from his MSc experience to secure a prestigious PhD studentship at Hong Kong to study the Physical Activity characteristics of children. Shuge completed our one year MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology earlier this month and had the following to say about his experience. Read more...

Jacob Meaton - Secondary School Development Officer

Jacob Meaton graduated in 2012 with a BSc Sport Science and in 2014 with a MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology degree. He's now working effectively alongside secondary schools and counties in England on a daily basis to ensure the promotion and delivery of Basketball reaches its fullest potential. Read more...

Kate Stych - Associate Research Fellow

Kate Stych graduated in 2002 at Bangor and is currently working as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Kate made some great friends at Bangor and met people who inspired her to follow this career path. Read more...

Tim Baghurst
Tim Baghurst - Assistant Professor

SSHES was instrumental in providing me with those fundamental skills that are necessary to be a successful researcher. Faculty had high expectations of all of us, and they pushed us to become better learners. I chose SSHES above many other programmes because it was recognised as one of the best in the UK. That it remains one of the best is no surprise.

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Laura Healy - Research Associate

Laura Healy an MSc at Bangor, and is now a second year PhD student at The University of Birmingham. Her main duties include completing research projects, teaching undergraduate students, presenting work at conferences and preparing papers for publication.

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