Mark is course leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning programme, and leads modules in applied strength and conditioning throughout all three years of the undergraduate programme. Mark's scholarly activities include delivering strength and conditioning coaching to Premier League and Championship football referees, Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athletes and UCLan Sport Scholars through the Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Consultancy. Mark's research interests focus on long term youth athlete development in academy football players.
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2002, Mark went on to complete an MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Liverpool in 2006, and later a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northumbria in 2013. Mark's PhD was joint funded by the English Institute of Sport and investigated mechanisms of fatigue during high-intensity, short duration cycling exercise. Since completing his PhD, Mark's research and applied attention has turned to strength and conditioning, and he has complimented his work at the University of Central Lancashire with a role as Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach at Wigan Athletic since 2017. Mark is currently conducting research in growth and maturation, and long term athlete development in Academy football players.