Professor Clyde Williams

Visiting Professor of Sport Sciences

School of Allied Health Sciences

Clyde Williams graduated in Chemistry from the University of Wales and in Physiology from the University of Aberdeen. His interest in exercise-induced changes in metabolism developed during his postgraduate studies in the USA and Scandinavia where he contributed to the early evidence showing the link between fatigue and glycogen depletion in human skeletal muscle. In 1978, after eight years of teaching human physiology at the University of Aberdeen, he moved to Loughborough to establish a Sports Science Research Group and develop degree programmes in sports science.  In 1986, he was promoted to the first Chair in Sports Science in the UK. After eight years as Head of the Department of PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management he served as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) for the University.

Professor Williams was the founding chairman of the British Association of Sports Sciences (now British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) and is a Fellow of BASES and Founding Fellow of the European College of Sports Science. He was also the founding chair of the Board for the Registration of professionals in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (SENr).

Professor Williams serves on the editorial boards of several international journals and acts as a consultant on sport and exercise nutrition to UK and European government agencies. He was a member of the 2001 RAE sub-panel for sports studies and chaired the sub-panel for the 2008 RAE. He is currently a non-executive director of BASES and chairs their conference programme committee. In addition he is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Professor Williams was appointed OBE in the 2009 Queen s Birthday Honours list for services to sports science and in 2011 he received an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (Ed) and Royal College of Physicians (London). He was also awarded the international chair in exercise science at the Vrije University of Brussels for the academic year 2011-2012. In 2013 he was appointed to the 7th E.W. Barker visiting professor in sports science National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. Professor Williams was recently awarded an honorary DSc by Loughborough University for his services to the University.

Currently he holds the honorary post of Vice-Chancellor s Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.  Professor Williams continues to contribute to postgraduate education at Loughborough University.