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Personal profile


Stuart is Professor of Physical Activity Education and member of the senior management team in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity, where he oversees and teaches on the Physical Education and School Sport undergraduate degree programme. Stuart Chairs the Department Research Committee and is the Department Research and REF Coordinator.

Stuart joined Edge Hill in 2014 having previously worked at Liverpool Hope University (1998-2001) and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) (2001-2014) as a Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Professor. He was awarded his PhD from LJMU in 2005, having completed his MSc in Sports Science (1997) at Loughborough University, and BEd (Hons) in Physical Education (1994) at LJMU. He is a professional member of BASES and an afPE member.

Research interests

Stuart’s research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health with an emphasis on children and young people and the role of schools in activity promotion. His research aligns to the behavioural epidemiological framework with key aspects relating to physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement, their correlates, and interventions to change activity behaviours and health outcomes. Stuart has published over 120 peer-review journal articles, supervised 18 PhD students to completion, examined 19 PhD candidates, and has been awarded over £0.5M in external grant funding. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity (with Tim Brusseau and David Lubans). Stuart regularly collaborates with research colleagues nationally and internationally.


Stuart oversees and teaches on the BA (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport programme. He contributes to physical activity and health, research skills, and dissertation modules.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sep 200031 Oct 2005

Sports Science, MSc, Loughborough University

1 Sep 19971 Jul 1998

BEd, Other, Liverpool John Moores University

30 Sep 199031 Jul 1994

Other positions

Liverpool John Moores University


Liverpool Hope University



  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • interventions
  • measurement
  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • physical activity
  • wellbeing
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • physical activity
  • health

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Research Output

Introduction to Physical Activity Measurement

Fairclough, S. J. & Noonan, R. J., 8 Apr 2020, The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity. Brusseau, T. A., Fairclough, S. & Lubans, D. (eds.). Routledge, p. 251-260 10 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • "I Wasn't Sure What It Meant to be Honest"-Formative Research towards a Physical Literacy Intervention for Preschoolers

    Foulkes, J. D., Foweather, L., Fairclough, S. J. & Knowles, Z., 13 Jul 2020, In : Children. 7, 7

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)

    Using a multi-stakeholder experience-based design process to co-develop the Creating Active Schools Framework

    Daly-Smith, A., Quarmby, T., Archbold, V. S. J., Corrigan, N., Wilson, D., Resaland, G. K., Bartholomew, J. B., Singh, A., Tjomsland, H. E., Sherar, L. B., Chalkley, A., Routen, A. C., Shickle, D., Bingham, D. D., Barber, S. E., van Sluijs, E., Fairclough, S. J. & McKenna, J., 7 Feb 2020, In : International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 17, 1, 13.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 31 Downloads (Pure)

    Accelerometer and self-reported measures of sedentary behaviour and association with adiposity in UK youth

    Fairclough, S. J., NOONAN, ROBERT., CHRISTIAN, DANIELLE., Boddy, L., Saint-Maurice, P. F., Welk, G. J. & Hibbing, P., 19 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Sports Sciences.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    Activity intensity, volume & norms: Utility & interpretation of accelerometer metrics

    Rowlands, A., Fairclough, S. J., Yates, T., Edwardson, C. L., Davies, M. J., Munir, F., Khunti, K. & Stiles, V. H., 1 Oct 2019, In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)


    UK Chief Medical Officers Expert Committee for Surveillance (Event)


    2 Mar 202030 Sep 2021

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    UK Government (External organisation)


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    Department of Health (External organisation)



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