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Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (ASES)

Whether you’re an international athlete or weekend warrior, sport has the ability to inspire you – and improve your health as well. It’s a global industry with great opportunities for exciting careers. In the shadow of London’s Olympic Park, we’ll give you a flying start.

About ASES

Why choose us?

1. Premier placements
At UEL, we think it’s important to match theory with practical experience. When it comes to important work placements and internships, we have superb connections with clubs and sports organisations at local, national and international level. Our students regularly undertake placements at football clubs such as West Ham United, Derby County, Millwall and Essex County Cricket Club, while our sports therapy students have worked at the London and Berlin marathons.

2. Star quality sports scholars
A total of 86 sports scholars were welcomed to UEL by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Joughin this year– including GB sprint stars Bianca Williams and Shannon Hylton, England U19 footballer Lilli Maple and international swimmer Aimee Willmott. The UK’s most exciting young sports stars are running to become a UEL sports scholar, just like UEL graduate European 200 metres champion Adam Gemili. 

3. Fantastic facilities
We really spoil our sports students with our amazing facilities. Alongside world-class sporting facility SportsDock and high performance sport training facility Aqua East; UEL also houses both Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics labs serviced by full-time lab technicians, not forgetting our Sports Injury Clinic.

Facilities Snapshot

Our Docklands campus is home to our £21 million sports facility, SportsDock. It is one of London’s largest indoor sports venues. This world class sports centre is available to students, staff, the local community, and national and international organisations. As a testament to the quality of the centre, SportsDock was the official high performance training headquarters for Team USA, hosting them for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Adjacent to the SportsDock is a newly formed Sports Injuries Clinic and Aqua East, our high performance sport training facility- both are very popular among the UEL community.

UEL houses both Exercise Physiology labs and Biomechanics labs serviced by full-time laboratory technicians.  The facilities within the laboratory allow for a breadth of assessments, dependent on individual needs. And that's not all, further testing is available including blood lactate, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, haemoglobin and creatinie kinease measurements and fully equipped biomedical analytical laboratories are also available elsewhere on the Stratford campus to offer more extensive forms of analysis. 

What our student's say

I am extremely proud to be part of TeamUEL and to have played a part in UEL's rise up the BUCS rankings. One of the reasons I chose UEL was because they are as ambitious as I am.
Aimee Willmott , BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, double Commonwealth and European medallist
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What we're researching

As you would expect from a university that’s such a close neighbour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, our research is closely linked to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The focus of our work is twofold: to contribute to scientific knowledge about improving sports performance and to enhance the quality of life of people in our local community. Our research explores areas such as positive sport psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition and physical activity and wellbeing.

We’re committed to civic engagement – learning through real-life projects that benefit society – and our research impacts positively on the lives of our students and local people.

As part of the London 2012 Games legacy, for example, we’re involved in a huge, ongoing research project called ‘Newham Every Child a Sports Person’, which aims to get every Year 7 child at school in the London Borough of Newham to take up a sport and become physically active.So far, findings from this project have been documented in four papers that have been submitted to various peer-reviewed journals, with a further six planned.

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