University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
The University of Wolverhampton (UoW) is a post-1992 university that is investing heavily in research. It has a student population of 24,000 making it one of the largest in the UK. It has also achieved the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award that incorporates the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The university has experience in dealing with all Framework Programme matters. In particular, in FP7, the University has been awarded in excess of £9 million, acting as a lead for many projects.
UoW is participating in HEAT-SHIELD this project with the Faculty of Health Education and Wellbeing which has an excellent experience and international reputation in research that leads to the development of clinical guidelines and with members coming from a wide range of backgrounds, providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise on fields such as clinical exercise physiology, behavioral and health psychology, education, physical activity and health as well as biostatistics. UoW members of staff have extensive experience in physiology, physical activity for health in a variety of different populations, evident by an extensive number peer reviewed publication ranging from randomized controlled trials to meta-analyses to different high impact scientific Journals including the Cochrane Library. Research work led by the University staff members has helped the development of new position statements – such as in the British Heart Foundation, World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – and new clinical guidelines for incorporating physical activity in the management of non-communicable diseases – such as the American Cancer Society, the Scottish NHS as well as the European League Against Rheumatism, resulting in a 70% for impact in the latest evaluation Research Excellence Framework 2012.