Professor Ian Swaine BSc, PhD

Professor in Sport Science

Key details

Professor Ian Swaine

Professor Ian L Swaine
BSc, PhD

Professor in Sport Science

Professor Ian Swaine joined the University of Greenwich in February 2015.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) – Cardiovascular studies, University of Leeds, 1986-1994
    Thesis title: The Assessment of Indices of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Non-invasively Derived from Submaximal Exercise Testing.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (B.Sc Hons) Sports Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 1978-1981
    Dissertation title: The Freely-chosen Swim Stroke Rate in a Maximal Swim and on a Bio-kinetic Swim Bench

Work Experience

Current – Professor in Sports Science, University of Greenwich. 2015-

Canterbury Christ Church University College. Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure. 2002-2015

  • Reader in Sport Science.
  • Department research leader 2002-2006.
  • Leader of Research strategy in relation to Hefce research capability funding and Hefce Srif funding (totalling approximately £1 million 2002-2007).
  • Leader of strategy for buildings extension in Sport Science.
  • Leader of 'Physiology of Exercise' research team.
  • Member of Faculty Research Committee.
  • Founder member of University Research Governance and Ethics Committee (2002-2005).
  • Leader Faculty Research Ethics Committee.
  • Founding member of the Centre for PE research
  • Patenting of a 'simulated swimming machine' (2005).
  • Patenting of a 'simple isometric exercise device' for reducing resting blood pressure

De Montfort University Bedford. School of PE, Sport and Leisure. 1993-2002, Senior Lecturer and Principal Lecturer.

  • Teaching exercise physiology to 'Sports Studies' and 'PE' students.
  • Research in sport and exercise science.
  • BASES accredited physiologist (Research and support).
  • Director of the Sport and Exercise Clinic (consultancy).
  • BASES education and training committee chair (1998-2000).
  • External examiner – Leeds metropolitan University certificate in health-related exercise and fitness (1999-).
  • Member of QAA 'panel of experts' for benchmarking of UK undergraduate degrees in Hospitality, Sport, Tourism and Leisure (Unit 25), 1999.
  • External examiner – University of Hull, Sport and Exercise Science (2001-2004)
  • PhD students supervised to completion – 4

University of Sunderland – School of Health Sciences, 1991-1993, Lecturer – Physiology/Health Studies.

  • Teaching 'Health Studies' and 'Applied Physiology' to undergraduates.
  • Validation of Sport Science Degree.
  • Programme leader for 'Health Studies'
  • Admissions tutor for Sport Science.
  • Leader of Sport Science research team.
  • Consultant physiologist to GB swim squad and to athletics squad for altitude training camp (Font-Romeu, France) 1992.
  • Director of accredited exercise physiology laboratory (BASES).

Leeds City Council – Sports Development Unit (1984-1991), Sports Scientist.

  • Promotion of health-related fitness programmes to the local community and to local industry.
  • Formation of the Leeds Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Programme.
  • Director of BASES Accredited exercise physiology laboratory.

Responsibilities within the university

External Examining (current posts only) Bucks New University – Sport and Exercise Science


  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Editor Journal of Sports Medicine (Online Access Only).
  • Adjunct Professor – University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada). Department of Kinesiology.

Research / Scholarly interests

Research interest includes areas as follows:

  • The assessment of exercise performance in athletes (especially swimmers);
  • Health benefits of exercise; 
  • Cardiorespiratory responses to exercise in sedentary people (with a view to applying the findings to patient populations);
  • Performance in a variety of sports including running and cycling;
  • Research in 'swimming science' and especially involving simulated swimming;
  • Physical activity and health in children;
  • The effects of isometric exercise training on resting blood pressure;
  • Exercise rehabilitation programmes in patients who have undergone surgery for cancer and other illnesses.

Current Research

The Use of Exercise as Treatment and Prevention for Selected Serious Illnesses

Professor Swaine's work in recent years has focused on two areas that have great social impact; (i) the use of exercise to help patients who have suffered serious illness for which they have been treated in hospital, and ; (ii) exercise programmes intended to reduce the likelihood of serious illness.
In relation to (i) above, Prof Swaine has worked with consultant clinicians on projects that have been aimed at helping patients who have had major surgery for cancer and also aimed at patients who have had surgery for orthopaedic injuries. He has been awarded large NHS-related grant funding for this type of project.

He has also been involved in internationally-recognised work on preventing hypertension (high blood pressure) using a little-known form of exercise which involves muscle force without movement ('static' or 'isometric' exercise). He has an internationally-recognised body of work on this topic and he has been awarded grants to explore the potential of this type of exercise to prevent strokes in people who are at risk.

Key funded projects

External Grant Funding (Last 2 years):

Awarding Body: University of Windsor Ontario Canada
Project: Isometric Exercise Training and Blood Pressure Regulation: Exploring Sex- and Age-Related Differences (with McGowan, Milne and Baross). Grant value: £4,625. (2013-14).

Awarding Body Stroke Research Network Writing Group.
Project "Preparation of a BHF/SA Grant Bid : Optimising an isometric training Intervention Programme to Reduce Blood Pressure and the risk of Stroke in people at high risk – The SPIRIT Project".  With Robinson, Forster, James, Meade, McManus, Saunders and Higgins. Grant Value: £3,276.2013.

Awarding Body East Kent Research Sessions Scheme
Project "Development of an Intervention: Prevention of Falls in older Haemophiliacs – The STABLE project". With David Stephensen. Grant Value: £23,543.2014.

Awarding Body:  NIHR RfPB
Project:  "Development of a perioperative exercise intervention for patients undergoing elective abdominal and thoracic surgery for cancer – The BETTER Project". With Ali, Stephensen, Hashem, Corbett, Lowery and Stavropoulou. Grant value: £405,678.2015 - 18.

Grant Bids Currently In Review

Funder: HTA/CET
Project   "Evaluation of the BETTER-Gym resource pack". Grant Value: £148,276.  2016-17.
Awarding Body: British Heart Foundation
Project "Stroke Prevention Involving Regulated Isometric Training – The SPIRIT Project". Grant Value: £148,276.  2015-17.


  • Swimming Training Apparatus GB patent no. GB2425489B Granted 2009.
  • Isometric Exercise Device – International Patent – filed July 2011A Swimming Training Machine.