The School of Sport Tourism and The Outdoors has long enjoyed an international reputation for its research; in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the School’s overall research activity was recognised as world class. Since then, the scope of research within the School has continued to expand and some specialist areas are now amongst the highest rated in the UK.
The School has placed a high priority on enhancing its research reputation and is preparing an excellent submission for Unit 26 (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism) in the Government-led Research Excellence Framework 2014. Professor John Horne, Director of the School’s International Institute for Sports Studies has been selected as a Panel Member for Unit 26, and has also been inducted into the highly prestigious Academy of Social Sciences.
Research in SSTO is organised around four broad thematic groups, each with professorial leads: sport and rehabilitation sciences; sport studies; sport development and coaching; and tourism. Within these thematic groups a number of research institutes reflect the development of specialist areas of expertise, whilst each group also provides the focus and support for research / researchers in other subject areas relevant to that group.
There are currently nine research institutes within the School: