Dr Andy Sparks

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Research interests

Andy’s research interest is primarily in endurance exercise performance, especially cycling. His work mainly focuses on the acute factors that affect sport and exercise performance, either via nutritional interventions (amino acids, macronutrients, dietary nitrate, sodium bicarbonate and fluid) or by manipulating environmental factors (ambient temperature, altitude, competitor presence, verbal encouragement). Each of these areas of interest have potentially wide reaching impact for large proportions of the population, and it is this rather than elite sport performance which he is using as the basis to increase the reach and impact of his research work. Recently he has been engaging with the popular media in order to translate complex research into easy to understand and usable information. This approach can have meaningful impact on those wanting to enhance exercise performance, adherence and optimising nutritional intake. Andy is publishing regularly in high impact peer-reviewed journals, and currently has over 60 of these publications.


Andy leads the Sport and Exercise Nutrition pathway on the Sport and Exercise Science BSc Programme, and supervises MRes and PhD students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Exercise Physiology, PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

… → 2004

Sport Science, BSc, Liverpool John Moores University

… → 1998

Other positions

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, University of Cumbria


Lecturer and Programme Leader for Sport and Exercise Science, University of Westminster



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