Professor Stuart Fairclough
Professor of Physical Activity Education
Prof. Fairclough's first teaching post was as a secondary school Physical Education (PE) Teacher, after which he studied full-time to gain his Masters degree. He then attained a position as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education at Liverpool Hope University from 1998 to 2001. This role included teaching trainee primary school PE teachers and sports studies students. In late 2001 Stuart began his career at Liverpool John Moores University, again as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, in the ECL Faculty teaching secondary school trainee physical educators. In 2005 he attained his PhD (‘Health-Enhancing Physical Activity during Secondary School Physical Education Lessons’) and a year later was conferred as a Reader in Physical Activity Education. Prof. Faiclough became Professor of Physical Activity Education in 2011.
- BEd (Hons) Secondary Physical Education, Class 1 (LJMU)
- MSc Sports Science (Loughborough University)
- PhD (LJMU)
- BASES Accredited sports and exercise scientist (Researcher; multi-disciplinary)
- ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Prof Fairclough is primarily interested in children’s physical activity and health, and in particular, school-based interventions. Within this area his work focuses on physical activity measurement and the role of all aspects of the school environment in developing physically active young people. To date he has published more than 50 peer reviewed papers on these research topics.
Recent project work has involved: establishing baseline physical activity, physical self-perceptions, and health data for Wigan primary school children (Wigan PEPASS Project); evaluating a teacher training and playground marking multi-skills intervention (Manchester Learning to Move, Moving to Learn Project); assessing the effects of an early years physical activity intervention (Active Play Project); implementing a middle school physical activity intervention programme (HAPPY study in Bedfordshire); and evaluating physical activity programmes for under 11’s (All-Ways Active Project).
The most recent study is the Children’s Health, Activity, and Nutrition: Get Educated! (CHANGE!) Project, which is a formative intervention based in Wigan to improve primary school children’s well-being through enhanced physical activity and eating behaviours. This work is led collaboratively with PAEH colleagues. Other recent work includes an after-school club intervention combining active video games and multi-skills among low active and low fit high school children, and assessing physical activity and home environments of Liverpool adolescents and their parents.
- LJMU Institute for Health Research
- Association for Physical Education