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Derby welcomes new Head of Science

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The University of Derby has appointed a new Head of Science who will join its academic team next month. Dr Chris Bussell joins Derby on March 4 (2013) from Nottingham Trent University, where he was Head of Sport Science.

Chris was born and raised in Derby where his family ran AJ Bussell & Sons wholesale newsagents. He left the city to study a degree at Northumbria University then completed a PhD in human temperature regulation during exercise at Liverpool John Moores University. He joined Nottingham Trent University in 2000, rising from a lecturing post to Head of Sport Science by 2007.

Dr Bussell’s personal research area is within human physiology – specifically the control of the microcirculation, cardiovascular system and its applications to health. He has presented his work at international conferences and published widely in peer reviewed journals. His recent research projects have focused on the impact of dynamic interactive gaming systems (such as the Nintendo Wii) on physical activity and health.

As well as having a comprehensive academic knowledge of sport and exercise science, Chris is also a talented sportsman and has represented Great Britain around the world in canoe polo, including a win at the World Championships in Brazil in 2000.

Dr Bussell said: “I’m excited to return to my home city to take up this position. I believe that the University of Derby is in a very strong position as a one university city with excellent links to key industries to face the current challenges within the sector and succeed.

“I’ve been impressed so far with the University’s attitude towards the future – it faces challenges in a bold manner and puts students at the heart of its business.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Liz Barnes, said: We are delighted to welcome Dr Chris Bussell to our team at Derby.

“Our School of Science is going from strength to strength with a marked increase in applications and many opportunities for further development. Building on his excellent track record we are sure that Chris will provide excellent leadership, maximising our success and ensuring a top class experience for our students.”

Dr Bussell is currently leading on a collaborative research project with Organisational Development teams at the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University. This project builds on his experiences consulting within professional sports clubs focusing on performance profiling of athletes.

He will continue to work on the ‘Learn From Sport’ project, which aims to establish an effective management tool to support and develop talent within higher education, when in post at the University of Derby.

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