Dr Louisa Beale
Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science
Deputy Course Leader for Sport & Exercise Science
Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine
School of Sport and Service Management
University of Brighton
Tel: +44 (0)1273 643759
My long-term interest in family health, exercise and wellbeing prompted me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at the University of Brighton, which I completed in 2001.
I remained connected with the university as a demonstrator in the Sport and Exercise Science labs and gradually took on teaching responsibilities which were focused on physiology and nutrition and led to a permanent lecturing position at the university from 2007.
Alongside these responsibilities I completed a PhD in 2010. The focus of my research was ‘High intensity intermittent exercise training in patients with chronic heart failure’. Following completion of my PhD, I became a full-time permanent lecturer.
I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and am Deputy Course Leader for the BSc Sport and Exercise Science course. I am also qualified as a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Certified Exercise Practitioner and a British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) Exercise Instructor. My interest in improving health and wellbeing in the community guides my research and teaching.
I have been involved with the university’s cardiac rehabilitation programme since 2008. I have worked hard to link the programme to teaching and the curriculum; specifically the Exercise Referral module of the Sport and Exercise Science course, where students gain work experience on the programme as part of their learning. In addition, I supervise a small group of students who volunteer as cardiac rehabilitation assistants as part of the Personal and Professional Development, Professional Enquiry, Applied and Integrated Studies and Independent study modules, as well as supervising students conducting dissertation or project work on the programme.
A local cancer charity, Cancer United (CU), approached the Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) in 2015 and I began to work with them on developing their CU Fitter exercise programme for cancer patients through the university’s staff volunteering scheme. This connection has led to a partnership between the university and Cancer United, whereby Cancer United affiliates give lectures, seminars and placement opportunities to students, while staff and student volunteers support and promote the valuable work they do via scientific support and fundraising.
Active Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation programme
Coordinator, University of Brighton’s Active Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme
Adviser, Cancer United’s CU Fitter programme
External examiner, University of Chester, MSc Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation (2013-2017). Previously, University of Chichester, Foundation Degree in Health and Promotion and Personal Training.
Grant reviewer, British Heart Foundation
2011: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) Travel Award (£1,200) for European Society of Cardiology’s Heart Failure Exercise Training workshop (Bern, Switzerland)