A brief history
Following 20 years of research cooperation between the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University and the Cardiff School of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise marks a new phase of formal collaboration.
Launched in 2012 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Vice Chancellors of both Universities, it is also a strategic synergistic alliance intended to meet HEFCW’s collaborative research imperative.
The origins of IRESE are anchored in over 50 international peer reviewed journal articles or other research outputs that had already been co-authored between the two institutions. Bangor University and Cardiff Metropolitan University are also the only Institutions in Wales to receive quality-related research funding for sport and exercise sciences, leisure, and tourism.
The main strategic emphases for IRESE are to:
- consolidate and extend the well-established research links between the two universities;
- establish a structure that assures recognition for high-quality research in sport and exercise sciences, leisure and tourism;
- develop robust and sustainable mechanisms to encourage and support this research;
- increase grant capture for research initiatives that produce high-quality research outputs; and
- continue to exploit the impact of IRESE research beyond academia
The first priority is to build on the current research strengths of: mental resilience; human performance and health in extreme environments; exercise and cardiovascular health; ethics, equity and identity; psychology of injury; sustainable destination development, social inclusion, and poverty alleviation in leisure and tourism. It is also intended to further develop our research on the development of sports coaches.
The second priority is to consolidate and grow the collaborative inter- and multi-disciplinary research that already exists within and across the two institutions. This includes developing further collaborative links (e.g., in psychophysiology and cognitive neuroscience) within and across institutions.
The third priority is to further consolidate its research links with the NHS via the local health boards. Negotiations are advanced with the aim of facilitating multidisciplinary clinical and translational research, and establishing a Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation Centre that will focus on out-patient related research with a specific focus on IRESE strengths (e.g., exercise prescription for chronic disease).