Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre
We are one of the largest sports and physical activity research clusters in the UK. Our expertise is delivered through four specialist groups that carry out internationally renowned, world-class research.
Study with us
We recruit high-quality, motivated students to carry out theoretical and applied PhD projects, which are often sponsored by external clients.
We have an excellent track record of working with MSc and PhD students and are incredibly proud of their achievements. Our students go on to secure high-value careers throughout the sports industry and academia.
Social return on investment of sport
Discover how the Sport Industry Research Group measures the wider non-financial impacts of sport and physical activity on societyRead more
Performance Innovation Research Partnership
Discover the technological innovations designed by Hallam’s Sports Engineering Research Group to support Team GB Olympic athletesRead more
Sport England Secondary Teacher Training programme
SHP and colleagues in SIRG are evaluating Sport England's investment of £13.5m to improve student's experience of PE, school sport and physical activityRead more
AstraZeneca – OSPREY CR
Discover how SHU’s Physical Activity, Wellbeing and Public Health Research Group optimises prevention and quality of life following cardiac rehabilitationRead more
Featured case studies
The value of Sheffield's outdoor economy
Learn about the economic value of Sheffield's outdoor economy, investigated by the Sport Industry Research GroupRead more
Validation of the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey
How we validated a major Sport England survey against physical activity data from schoolsRead more
Discover ground-breaking research into cardiovascular disease, conducted by SHU’s Physical Activity, Wellbeing and Public Health Research GroupRead more
Assessing VAR for offside officiating
Find out how SHU’s Sports Engineering Research Group assesses the accuracy of offside lines on behalf of FIFARead more
Our laboratories, workshops and offices provide an excellent environment in which we can deliver our cutting-edge work in research, knowledge transfer and education. The facilities are based both at the Collegiate campus and the new £14m world-leading Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre in Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park.
Part of the Health Research Institute
The Health Research Institute brings together academics and professionals to deliver research, innovation and knowledge exchange in health and wellbeing across the lifespan.