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24 May 2023
In person event was held at our Ipswich Waterfront Campus. 

18 May 2022

At the University of Suffolk (UoS), we are passionate about sport and exercise, a scientific discipline that is growing rapidly. Our University plays a leading role in the production of innovative scientific evidence, which has a real impact at both national and international levels.

The symposium was sponsored by STATSports and Metrica Sports.

This event enabled guests to hear from internationally recognised sports scientists, about the latest industry standards and scientific thinking. 

30 March 2022
The afternoon was formally opened by Lord Dennis Stevenson CBE, Patron of Suffolk Mind, who said, “This institute is an exciting addition for Suffolk, it is brilliant that the University of Suffolk is one of the first in Britain to blaze a trail and come together with the Integrated Care System to improve population health. It’s a great achievement and I look forward to following its progress”. There were over 60 representatives from different organisations from Suffolk and beyond. After the formal talks describing the Institute, its vision, current and future projects, a network and showcasing event was held. There was an exciting buzz in the foyer of the Waterfront building when many UoS academics highlighted their work. This stimulated many interactions, with many conversations now continuing after the event. Thanks to all who came along and supported the launch.

16 March 2022 and 13 March 2022

Prof. Martin and Prof. Gladwell both gave their inaugural public lectures highlighting the work that they have undertaken. These were well received with an excellent number of staff and public members in attendance. Following her talk Professor Gladwell hosted guests for drinks at the Cult Bar.

February 2022

We ran our first face-to-face research café, the first in a regular series of meetings designed to engage wider university staff with the work of the Institute. 


Professor Valerie Gladwell, Director of the University’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing was one of around 14 GB age group athletes (out of 400 GB athletes who attended the event as a whole) who took part in both races of the 2023 Europe Triathlon Championships in Madrid this month.

Despite suffering from Crohn’s and a blood clot on her lung hampering her training efforts, Professor Gladwell finished 13th in the Saturday ‘Standard’ event on June 3 and finished 10th in the ‘Sprint’ a day later.

Water quality issues resulted in the triathlons becoming duathlons on both days, with an additional run replacing the swimming legs. Saturday’s ‘Standard’ featured a 5km run, 40km bike ride, and 10km run, while Sunday’s ‘Sprint’ comprised a 2.5km run, 20km bike and 5km run.

Professor Gladwell said: “I was thrilled to represent GB – it was an amazing experience and I really hope to do more of this in the future. I am inspired by my children who take part in triathlons and I cannot do it without the support of my husband and family.

“I had hoped to finish a bit higher but I suffer from Crohn’s and had been in flare since November and it is just under control. I also had a blood clot on my lung in early March so I had to take my training very steady and not over-push myself in both training and the races.”

Professor Gladwell was selected to represent GB in her age group after securing a top 20 slot in qualifiers in May last year at Eton Dorney for the Sprint and in Leeds in June for the Standard.

Her training regime includes running alongside her daughter, Darcy, at Ipswich Harriers and is also a member of TRISudbury for swimming training.

She said she did her first triathlon in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic, and took up the sport thanks to her son.

“The reason I took it up is because my son, Harvey, suffers from ulcerative colitis. In 2020 he had his colon removed and when he was in his hospital bed he said ‘I am doing an Iron Man and you are going to do it with me’,” Professor Gladwell said.

The pair completed a DIY ‘Iron Man’ in August 2021, raising more than £2,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Professor Gladwell is now eyeing the world championships in Malaga in 2024, with a qualifying event coming up at the end of July in Sunderland next on her radar.

Professor Gladwell is Director of the University’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, with current research projects exploring a range of important areas such as the Menopause, active travel, physical activity, Diabetes and NHS Neighbourhood Teams. 

26 July 2023

Professor Colin Martin had three new books published in June 2023.

30 June 2023

Members of the Institute's Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) project research team attended the Suffolk and North East Essex ACP conference held at Ipswich Town FC today.

The conference was an opportunity for networking and knowledge share among local allied health practitioners from a range of professional roles, from nursing, to paramedics and mental health care, whom are either Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) already or are interested in working towards accreditation.

At the conference, Dr Naomi Brewer, Dr Ariya Arvant and Miranda Hyde gave a presentation on research being carried out on a number of different streams around the ACP role, its effectivity, and barriers to engagement and qualification as an ACP.

There were opportunities for delegates to find out more about the University of Suffolk and our post-graduate education, with a lot of enquires regarding PGR complimentary studies, CPD, and PhD opportunities.

13 February 2023

Dr Marco Beato (Institute theme lead for 'Physical Activity and Sport') and Antonio Gualtieri (one of Dr Beato's PhD students) are both named authors on a recently published paper. This paper is a fine example of industry collaboration between the University of Suffolk and one of the best sport clubs in the world. 

Gualtieri, Antonio, Rampinini, Ermanno, Dello Iacono, Antonio and Beato, Marco (2023) High-speed running and sprinting in professional adult soccer: current thresholds definition, match demands and training strategies. A systematic review. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. 

Additionally, Dr Marco Beato has published an online article written in collaboration with Brentford Football Club: Return to performance after hamstring injuries - Sportsmith

8 February 2023

An evaluation report, conducted by the Institute of Health and Wellbeing in conjunction with University of Essex and State of Life, went live on 31st January. The project team evaluated the Prevention Enablement Model (PEM) which is a strategic partnership between Active EssexEssex County Council Adult Social Care and Sport for Confidence

PEM Evaluation Report Jan 2023.pdf

Additionally, members of the Institute team finalised their report on Sleep Satisfaction: Protogerou C, Gladwell V and Martin C (2022) Development of a self-report measure to assess sleep satisfaction: Protocol for the Suffolk Sleep Index (SuSI). Front. Psychol. 13:1016229. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1016229

In October 2023, Professor Colin Martin and Consultant Midwife Patience Pounds gave a presentation to second year Midwifery students at the University of Suffolk, about their career journeys into academic research. The students also learnt about some current research projects and their potential impact on the field.

Colin Martin presenting 'Research' to midwifery second year students in October 2023


Consultant Midwife Patience Pounds presenting 'Research' to midwifery second year students