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Richard Metcalfe

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, Swansea University

I am a Lecturer in Human and Exercise Physiology within the Applied Sport Technology, Exercise and Medicine (ASTEM) Research Group. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 2010, and subsequently completed my PhD at The University of Bath (2010-2015) under the supervision of Dr Niels Vollaard and Prof Dylan Thompson. I joined Swansea University in October 2017, after 3-years working as a Lecturer in Exercise and Health at Ulster University in Northern Ireland (2014-2017).

My research examines the integrative physiology of exercise and nutrition, but with a primary focus on interval training, cardiorespiratory fitness, carbohydrate metabolism and diabetes. I conduct both basic and applied studies, which aim to develop and optimise exercise interventions for sedentary or clinical populations, both from the perspective of improving key health markers, but also for removing important barriers to exercise adherence.

Areas of Expertise:
Exercise Metabolism
Interval Training
Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin Resistance
Training Adapations


  • –present
    Lecturer in exercise and health, University of Ulster