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Matthew Debney

Matthew J Debney BSc (Hons), MSc

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Sport


Matthew is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Sport within the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. He is also a doctoral candidate, researching thermal physiology.

  • About

    Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Matthew obtained both undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Brighton. It was during these where his interest in environmental physiology came about completing various modules and assisting on projects within the University. He was then employed within the same department as a laboratory technician, during which he assessed on the Expedition physiology and survival medicine, level 6 module and assisted on various other modules. This further developed a prior interest in teaching, established through a number of years as a tennis coach.

    Alongside teaching commitments at Hallam, he is a doctoral candidate researching thermal physiology within tennis, and working towards Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship, undertaking a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education over the 16-17 academic year.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Sport physiology
    Thermal physiology

  • Teaching

    Subject area/group

    Sport and exercise science


    BSC (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science


    Foundations of physiology and nutrition in sport and exercise
    Physiology and nutrition in practice

  • Research

    Exploring strategies to ameliorate the deleterious effects of playing tennis in hot conditions

    The repeatability of a tennis-specific treadmill-protocol in hot conditions

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