Carlton Cooke

Professor Carlton Cooke

Head of School

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837100 ext. 166
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Education/Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Birmingham

    Physical Education and Mathematics

  • PGCE, University of Birmingham

    Secondary Physical Education and Mathematics

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences,

    2010 -
  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Research) British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences,

    1995 -


Professor Cooke is the Head of the School of Social and Health Sciences, which brings together the University's expertise in Business, Criminology, Health, Management, Marketing, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology and Sport and is a Professor of Sport & Exercise Science.

He joined Leeds Trinity University from Leeds Beckett University, where he had worked for 25 years, having held a number of positions from Senior Lecturer in Sport Biomechanics within the Carnegie School of Sport when he started to Associate Dean Research in the Carnegie Faculty when he finished.  He enjoyed two secondments to the University research office, firstly as Director of Postgraduate Research and then later as the interim Director of Research for the University. He led the University's most successful unit of assessment in REF 2014, Unit 26, Sport & Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism, which was ranked second in the UK for research power, a combination of research quality and number of research active academics.

Professor Cooke completed a BSc (Joint Hons) Physical Education and Mathematics, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Physical Education and Mathematics and a PhD entitled "Running efficiency: a biomechanical and physiological evaluation of normal and loaded horizontal running", all at the University of Birmingham. He was made a Fellow of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences in 2010 and an Honorary Doctor of Science at the University of Abertay Dundee in 2011. He has published widely in Sport & Exercise Science, secured a number of major research and knowledge exchange contracts and supervised over 25 successful PhD students. His research interests are wide ranging, including exercise physiology and biomechanics across both physical activity, exercise and health and sports performance


Willingness to take PhD students