Nik Kudiersky

Nik Kudiersky PhD (C), MSc, BSc

Clinical Exercise Physiology Researcher


Clinical Exercise Physiology Researcher with key interests in neurological and cardiac rehabilitation.


I am a Researcher within the Physical Activity, Wellbeing and Public Health Research Group. My expertise is in the design, delivery and evaluation of exercise interventions for clinical populations. My main area of research is on the use of aerobic exercise to optimise recovery from stroke.


PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology (ongoing)
MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Distinction)
BSc (Hons) in Sports Science (First Class)


Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Courses taught: 

MSc in Sport and Physical Activity
MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science
BSc in Physical Activity, Sport and Health


  • Feasibility of aerobic exercise training in acute ischaemic stroke (ATAS).
  • Cerebral haemodynamic and neurotrophic effects of aerobic exercise in acute stroke.
  • Effects of early mobilisation on cerebral haemodynamics in acute stroke.
  • Effects of early-initiated aerobic exercise training on post-stroke recovery. 
  • Clinical audit of an NHS stroke rehabilitation service assessing adherence to rehabilitation standards set by the 2023 National Clinical Guideline for Stroke.
  • Service evaluation of a multidisciplinary six-week stroke review clinic.
  • Profiling the response to exercise in Long COVID patients to inform novel rehabilitation guidelines. 
  • Feasibility and acceptability of a 12-week probiotic intervention for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Codesign of a smartphone app to facilitate exercise training for women in midlife in the workplace.

Other activities

Member of Cerebrovascular Research Network (CARNet)
Member of European Stroke Organisation
Member of World Stroke Organisation


Postgraduate supervision

2023/24 - Supervision of three MSc Physiotherapy students conducting a clinical audit of cardiorespiratory training provision at an NHS stroke rehabilitation service.

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