Staff and Student Win International Research Award

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A postgraduate research student and his supervisors have received an international award for their research from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD).

Steve Munson studied for an MSc by Research, and his research was recently published in the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Journal.

Professor David James and Dr Mark de Ste Croix supervised the research exploring the cardiovascular responses acutely following exercise of differing intensity. In a letter from the Research Consortium of AARPERD confirming the award, Steve’s paper, Heart Rate Variability: Effect of Exercise Intensity on Postexercise Response, organisers describe the study as well designed and state: “The finding from this study contributes to the essential body of knowledge in cardiac exercise and provides the useful information of exercise intensity in health promotion.”

The research team have been invited to the AAHPERD National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, to be presented the award on April 25.

Professor James explained that: ‘It is always a proud moment when student research is published, but then receiving further external awards for the work is especially pleasing. This research is exploring an important area with applications for sports training science and exercise and health, and builds on over a decade of applied cardiovascular and respiratory experimental research at the University of Gloucestershire.’

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses. For more information visit

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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