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    Location: Dept of Exercise + Sport Science, Manchester
    Metropolitan University, UK.

    Employment date: Nov/Dec 1998

    Closing date: 12th October 1998

    Candidates wishing to discuss the post informally may, in confidence,
    contact the Head of Department, Prof Les Burwitz on +161 247 5473 or
    (for details, contact Prof Les Burwitz or Mr I W Hallam, Personnel
    Director, The Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints,
    Manchester M15 6BH; tel +161 247 3315))

    Job Specification:

    · Engage in and lead research, consultancy and scholarship that will
    extend the body of knowledge in sport and exercise biomechanics and
    its applications

    · Provide academic leadership in subject or course developments and,
    where relevant, contribute to student learning initiatives

    · Contribute to relevant teaching including the supervision of
    postgraduate and undergraduate dissertations and projects

    · Provide support to ensure that the relationship between teaching and
    research activity is mutually beneficial

    · Seek external resources to support research projects and establish
    national/international academic collaborations

    · Contribute to the development of the profession and maintain high
    professional standing in sport and exercise science

    · Co-ordinate at least one of the following Department activities:
    research grant applications, research monitoring and promotion,
    applied sport and exercise science projects and postgraduate research
    students from outside the UK

    As with all posts, some flexibility is required to accommodate staff
    and institutional changes and developments. Any changes will normally
    be agreed through the annual Professional Development and Review

    Criteria for Appointment of Professor:

    Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a high level of academic
    distinction as evidenced in:

    i. Research, consultancy or scholarship which has contributed to the
    furtherance of knowledge and its application

    ii. Professional standing

    iii. Academic leadership, including contributions to subject and
    course development and the development of student learning

    Candidates must demonstrate outstanding achievement in relation to at
    least one and a high level of achievement in all of these criteria.

    Person Specification:

    In addition to meeting the criteria for appointment of Professor it is
    desirable that the successful candidate has the following:

    · Doctorate in sport and exercise biomechanics or the equivalent

    · Significant experience of teaching including successful supervision
    of postgraduate and undergraduate dissertations and projects

    · A demonstrated capacity to attract external resources in support of
    research and national/international academic collaborations

    · Management experience, especially in co-ordinating research grant
    applications, research monitoring and promotion, applied projects
    and/or postgraduate research students from outside the UK

    · Research and scientific support accreditation from the British
    Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences or the equivalent

    Other Matters:

    Salary will be according to qualifications and experience but will
    normally be in the range of £38,000 - £41,000. The terms and
    conditions of the post will be governed by a University Senior Staff

    The University has a scheme which makes a contribution to removal


    Please send a letter of application addressing the University’s
    criteria for professorial appointments and a full curriculum vitae,
    together with details of at least two referees of professorial
    standing to Mr I W Hallam, Personnel Director, The Manchester
    Metropolitan University, All Saints, Manchester M15 6BH. References
    will only be taken up for shortlisted candidates, but they must be
    available for consideration by the Appointment Panel. Normally, one
    reference should be available from your current or immediate past
    employer. The closing date for applications is Monday 12 October
    1998. It is anticipated that the appointment process will take place
    on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 November 1998.

    About the Department:

    The Department of Exercise and Sport Science is one of the largest in
    the UK with over 1000 postgraduate and undergraduate students and the
    equivalent of 47 full-time staff. the postgraduate portfolio includes
    PhD, MPhil, and MSc full and part-time research degrees, post
    registration courses to MSc level for chartered physiotherapists and
    podiatrists and a popular full and part-time taught MSc in Sport and
    Exercise Science with both research and scientific support routes in
    biomechanics, exercise physiology and sport psychology. At
    undergraduate level there is a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport, Coaching
    and Exercise Science and joint degrees incorporating Physical
    Education (Primary and Secondary) or Sport alongside a wide range of
    second subjects. Undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue
    specialist electives in Coaching, Disability Sport, Motor Development
    and Sport Technology. There is also a very popular Business
    Management with Sport Studies leading to a top-up BA (Hons) degree.
    In keeping with the University’s positive approach to access, there is
    a purpose-built BSc, (Hons) Sport Science course specifically designed
    to meet the needs of the Army Physical Training Corp, the Professional
    Footballers’ Association (PFA) and the Professional Cricketers’
    Association and a BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Coaching designed for
    the FPA.

    The research record of the Department is one of the best in the UK and
    staff have an international reputation in the main research programmes
    of biomechanics, human physiology, motor control and sport psychology.
    Co-ordinating the research effort are three Professors and one
    Reader. There are currently over 50 postgraduate research students in
    the Department. In the last two years staff have supervised the
    completion of 10 postgraduate degree awards, with over 120 research
    papers emanating from the programme of work (64% in high impact SCI
    journals). There are strong existing, collaborative links with
    research groups in Australia, Canada, France, Holland and Spain.

    Many research active staff have achieved
    accredited/chartered/fellowship status in professional bodies such as
    the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES),
    British Psychological Society (BPS) and the European College of Sport
    Science (ECSS). In recent years, over 50% of the Sports Council’s
    fundamental sport science research work and a high proportion of the
    sport science support for World Class Performance programmes has been
    based within the Department. This applied research is specifically
    designed to support athletics, netball, rugby, swimming, weight
    lifting, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing and volleyball.
    Recent Manchester-based applied exercise and health science projects
    have been established to underpin the Healthy City initiative as well
    as future policy relating to Healthy Living Centres, GP referral
    schemes and the health agenda of Sports Colleges.

    Of particular interest is the proposed Institute for Research into
    Exercise and Sport. This is an initiative involving collaboration
    between the National Health Service Executive North West and the four
    universities in Manchester, namely MMU, Victoria, University of
    Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and Salford. Current
    thinking indicates that it will be based in a purpose-built £1.5
    million block in the new central Manchester Wellcome Trust centre of
    clinical excellence in sport and exercise medicine. As a matter of
    priority IRES’s research focus will be on health and exercise policy
    issues in prevention, treatment and care. The vision is to build an
    innovative, multidisciplinary team of approximately 15 senior staff
    drawing expertise from biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology,
    physiology, medicine and social science. IRES will be uniquely placed
    to secure major grants and develop research partnerships with other
    academic organisations in the UK, Europe and across the world.

    The Department has a large number of community-related activities.
    Many of these provide work experience for students (e.g. coaching,
    disability sport, motor development) and longitudinal research
    opportunities while others are fully funded (e.g. sport injury clinic,
    North West Sport Science and Medicine project supporting regional
    athletes, video and software developments, short courses and distance
    learning degrees). These activities collectively enhance ‘town and
    gown’ relationships and the annual turn-over of the Development Units
    is over £1 million.

    Crewe + Alsager Faculty has a variety of sport and science facilities,
    predominantly on the Alsager campus but also six miles away at the
    Crewe Site. These facilities support relevant teaching, research and
    community/commercial activities. A substantial capital building
    programme has provided a new laboratory block with purpose-built areas
    for biomechanics, motor control, psycho-physiology, physiology and a
    large central data collection area; an indoor swimming pool and
    refurbished teaching rooms with specialised spaces for sport
    technology. A sports hall, ancillary exercise rooms and a floodlit
    synthetic surface are planned for 2000. Successful National Lottery
    applications have provided sophisticated equipment for the new

    The department is the lead partner in one of the largest sport-related
    SOCRATES programmes in Europe. There are eight other universities
    involved in the scheme including Cologne, Athens, Angers and
    Aix-Marseille in France; Leuven; Lisbon; Thessaloniki in Greece and
    Innsbruck. A SOCRATES teaching mobility scheme operated for the first
    time in 1997/98 when four MMU staff travelled abroad with three staff
    from partner institutions reciprocating. Expansion is expected in
    this area.

    The Crewe + Alsager Faculty sports clubs are very successful both in
    the British Universities Students Association and local competitions.
    Traditionally the faculty finishes in the top three places in both the
    women’s and men’s small Universities Championships. Up to 20 students
    gain international honours in a variety of different sports annually.
    Staff support these and other students by acting as coaches and/or by
    providing sport science support. The University adopts a flexible
    approach across all courses to encourage students to progress
    academically whilst training for and competing in professional leagues
    or international competitions such as the Commonwealth or Olympic
    Games. Relationships between the department and the Students Union
    are excellent and this culminates in an annual Valentine’s Ball for
    700 students, staff and guests to celebrate the success of the sport
    clubs. The proceeds have been re-invested in student sport through
    subsidised coaching awards, physiotherapy support, equipment and
    travel grants.

    Manchester has been awarded the Commonwealth Games in 2002. It is
    also likely to be the site of the North West Regional Sports
    Institute. Partnerships between staff in the department and health,
    education and leisure policy makers in Manchester and Cheshire are
    excellent and rapid progress is being made on a number of initiatives.
    Senior staff are influential at national level and internationally
    and their vision and leadership has created a vibrant academic
    community that is outward looking.

    John Buckley
    Biomechanics Research Group
    Dept of Exercise + Sport Science
    Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
    fax: +44 161 2476375

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