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NTU is all about enhancing performance.

Prof. Mary Nevill

Head of Department of Sports Science

You get the opportunity to collaborate with talented colleagues from across the other science disciplines.

My research has evolved...

...from examining how to enhance performance in elite sport to the benefits of exercise for health for all young people.

I used to play hockey for Great Britain, so I know how my own performance improved by having the right support and the chance to work with talented people.

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That’s one of the great strengths here.

You get the opportunity to collaborate with talented colleagues from across the other science disciplines. Accessing their diverse skills, expertise and methods together with the use of cutting-edge equipment adds a unique dimension to your work.

It helps you to take your research to a higher level and enables you to address even greater challenges for society.

Just like in sport, if you get the chance to work with talented people, access the best equipment and receive the time and backing to invest in your passion, then your work, your own performance, can only improve. 

To me, NTU is all about enhancing performance.


My name is Professor Mary Nevill.

I’m Head of Department for Sport Science.

My name is Professor Mary Nevill.

Professor Nevill began her career with a one year temporary lectureship at Birmingham University (1987-1988), which was quickly followed by a permanent lecturing post at Manchester Metropolitan University (1988-1989). However, when the opportunity arose to return to Loughborough University, where she trained, she could not resist and she took a lectureship there in 1989 followed by a senior lectureship in 1996. A key substantive role at Loughborough, from 2001-2013, was the Director of the Institute of Youth Sport, responsible for up to 20 full-time and part-time research fellows and associates and for liaising with senior staff from the wider School who joined the IYS for particular projects. She managed over 40 multi-disciplinary research projects for the Institute, all of which were delivered to a high quality and on time. Until March 2009, she led the research of the New Opportunities for PE and Sport Initiative (£1.2 million over 6 years) which examined the impact of new facilities and associated sporting activities on the physical activity, health and wider social outcomes for children, their families and the wider community. In addition Professor Nevill led on the evaluation and research of physical activity and sport interventions for large numbers of primary and secondary age pupils including the School Sport Coaching programme for the Youth Sport Trust and the Great Activity programme which used sport and physical activity as a vehicle to improve the health of school age pupils in England.

Professor Nevill has had extensive involvement in national sport and exercise organisations and has been a member of the United Kingdom Sports Council (1998-2000), Chairman of the United Kingdom Sports Science Advisory Group (1998-2000), Chairman of the International Teams Committee for the English Hockey Association (1997-2001) and member of the East Midlands Sports Board (2003-5) responsible for writing the East Midlands Regional Plan for Sport and Section Editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences (2000-2005). Currently she is Chair of the Sport and Performance Division and a Board Member for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Outside of academia Professor Nevill is a keen sportswoman. She has participated in two Olympic Games and was captain of the British Women's Hockey Squad in Barcelona in 1992 when the team took the bronze medal. She has also coached the England U21 Women's Squad and was Director of Hockey at Loughborough University for 15 years. Currently she takes tennis seriously and competes in the British Veterans' Championships.

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