Welcome Back to All PESS Students & Staff – Dr. Giles Warrington

As we commence the New Year and new semester I would like to welcome back our undergraduates on the Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Sciences degree programmes and also take the opportunity of welcoming the new postgraduate students on the Masters in Sports Performance and Masters in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. We hope you enjoy your time studying with us in PESS and UL.

Over the past couple of month’s there have been some notable activities and achievements in PESS:

Recent PhD Graduates – At the recent UL conferring ceremony we had three PhD students graduating from PESS: Dr Cormac Powell who has now taken up a Research Managers post in PESS for the follow up evaluation of Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity CSPPA17-18; Dr Ian Sherwin who has recently been appointed a lecturer in Coaching at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Dr Niamh Whelan who is a lecturer in Sport And Exercise Science at Athlone Institute of Technology. Congratulations to Cormac, Ian and Niamh.

In a significant sporting achievement, PESS PhD Student Fiona McHale received the Irish Times/Sports Ireland Sportswoman Award for December.

EHS Faculty Teaching Award – Dr Tom Comyns was the recipient of this year’s EHS Excellence in Teaching Award. This is a wonderful achievement and reflects Tom’s commitment to teaching and his passion for his subject area. Tom will now go forward for the overall institutional award.

The IRIS (Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance) research project team hosted a community of practice launch event at the Aviva stadium Dublin, for medics and injury recorders from Ulster Bank and All-Ireland League Rugby clubs.

In terms of research awards and funding success there were two notable achievements recently: Prof Phil Jakeman, Dr Brian Carson, Dr Catherine Norton and colleagues (FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition group) won an award for best cross-institutional initiative within the FHI national technology centre in December. Also, Prof Catherine Woods, along with Co-applicants from PESS (Prof Alan Donnelly, Dr Matthew Herring, Prof Ann MacPhail, Dr. Ciaran MacDonncha) as well as collaborators from DCU and UCC have been awarded a Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland Research Tender for €288, 613. Project: Follow up evaluation of Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA17-18).

On behalf of PESS, I would also like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Dr Norelee Kennedy and her colleagues following the successful launch of  the newly formed School of Allied Health. Over the years PESS has developed strong collaborative links with Clinical Therapies and we look forward to working closely with the School of Allied Health into the future.

Upcoming Events

Here are a few dates for your diary:

The 2018 Pat Duffy Lecture in Coaching and Leadership in Sport will take place on 28th of February, 7.30PM University of Limerick. To register for free visit HERE 

Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Spring Study Day  – Friday 23rd March 2018 in UL “Optimising Health for Sport and Exercise Participation”.  For more information visit HERE

Movement Acquisition Ireland Inaugural Conference – April 6th-7th 2018. For more information visit HERE


Giles Warrington CircularDr Giles Warrington is Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology  in the Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick.  You can contact Giles  on email giles.warrington@ul.ie follow him on Twitter  or view his profile on LinkedIn



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