Michelle Swainson

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Leeds Beckett University

Michelle is an exercise physiologist, teaching across clinical and health-based modules, and active researcher into the role of physical activity in disease prevention and treatment. Michelle is also Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and Health programme.

Michelle completed a BSc Sport and Exercise Science in 2004 and continued her studies at postgraduate level. Following her Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, Michelle gained five years occupational experience within the preventative health screening industry, working for Nuffield Health as a Senior Health and Wellbeing Physiologist.

Alongside this, Michelle began her PhD in 2008 researching the associations between fitness markers and 10-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which was awarded in March 2013. She maintains a strong professional relationship with Nuffield Health by contributing to CPD activities and research collaboration.

Michelle works to provide an interactive learning environment by utilising her first-hand experience to ensure students have a greater awareness of the role of physical activity in minimising disease risk. Michelle actively uses social media in her module delivery to help engage students as well as ensuring the inclusion of current "hot topics" and authentic teaching to boost student employability.