University College Dublin (UCD)
Situated in south Dublin’s pleasant environs, UCD is Irelands largest University, with over 30,000 students studying an extensive range of disciplines.
Since its foundation in 1854, the University has flourished and made a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity. UCD is Ireland's most globally engaged university with students drawn from more than 120 countries.
UCD is a leading research intensive university and is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. Its research is conducted in multidisciplinary research programmes addressing challenges of a global scale.
UCD's commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship also recognises the importance of actively collaborating to exploit leading-edge research and development outputs. In 2014, UCD was ranked 5th among European universities for its track record in educating successful entrepreneurs. UCD is also a leading light in Irish sport, with many of its teams competing successfully within national leagues, and a regular stream of international sportsmen and women (including nine Olympians at the Rio Games) coming from its student ranks.
Sport Science at the UCD
Sports Science provision at UCD is located within the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Teaching on the various sports science and management programmes is delivered by the Centre for the Study of Sport (CSS) while research and sports science service provision is coordinated by the UCD Institute for Sport and Health (ISH), set up in 2006 with the aim of “optimising sporting performance and health for UCD and its wider community through the generation, application and sharing of scientific knowledge.”. It also works to promote sport and health among students and staff, as well as the wider community through its research initiatives and the provision of sports medicine services.
ISH supports research in sports and exercise sciences by maintaining a BASES- accredited Human Performance Laboratory and providing scholarships and travel bursaries for staff, students and visiting speakers. Research fields include the role of exercise in ameliorating the effects of aging and diabetes, neuromuscular adaptations to training, movement analysis, strategies to improve joint instability, sensor technology for health and sports management. Our published work is highly regarded with an average of 14 citations per paper. Other related activities include the provision of high quality sports science testing to local professional sports teams and Olympic athletes, and the running of the Ad Astra Academy for 60 talented scholar athletes attending UCD, the majority of whom represent their country in their chosen sport.
Ulster University is a multi-campus public university located in Northern Ireland. It is the second largest university in Ireland and it has one of the highest further study and employment rates in the UK, with over 90% of graduates being in work or further study six months after graduation.
Established in 1968 as the New University of Ulster, it merged with Ulster Polytechnic in 1984, incorporating its four Northern Irish campuses under the University of Ulster banner. The university incorporated its four campuses in 1984; located in Belfast, Coleraine, Magee College in Derry, and Jordanstown. The university became known as Ulster University from October 2014 and this included a revised visual identity.
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 exercise identified the institution as one of the top five universities in the UK for world-leading research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing and art and design. Under some metrics, it ranked the university top in Northern Ireland for research into biomedical sciences, law, business and management, architecture and built environment, art and design, social policy, sport, media studies and nursing.
Sport Research Groups at the Ulster University
Centre for Physical Activity and Health – uses epidemiological and empirical methods to investigate the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and the promotion of psychological well-being. A major strength of the group’s work is the multi-disciplinary approach to research. Our research includes lifestyle intervention studies, investigations of the underlying systemic and cellular mechanisms and epidemiological cohort studies. This work has contributed to the evidence base for recent public health physical activity recommendations and is cited in recent national and international guidelines.
Centre for Sport in Society - brings together colleagues from across the Ulster University and beyond who conduct research on sport from a range of disciplinary perspectives including sociology, political science, history, management, psychology and law. The work currently being undertaken within the group explores a range of themes associated with the cultural, political, social, economic and historical import of sport in a variety of local, national and international contexts.
Centre for Sports Science & Sports Medicine - Sports Sciences research aims to further our understanding of the learning processes, mental imagery processes and biomechanical principles governing sport and exercise performances across the spectrum ranging from beginner to elite performer levels. Key disciplines include cognitive and behavioural psychology and biomechanics. Research in the field of observational learning has contributed to scholarly understanding of what information is used for constraining the acquisition of intra- and inter-limb coordination. Through a series of experiments it has been shown that end effector information is used to constrain action replication. Work currently underway is exploring the visual search process during learning and what information is used to facilitate learning. Research into motor cognition has led to the development of innovative methods for measuring imagery in action. Work on the biomechanics of golf has been developed, building upon previous research for the World Professional Bodies and providing research evidence for rule decision-making.