Department of Exercise Sciences

Exercise Sciences Teachers Day

On Wednesday 15 November 2017 we are hosting a half-day event (including lunch and networking opportunities) designed to continue the professional development of careers advisers, physical education and science teachers.

About the day

You may not be familiar with our department, the research we carry out, the programmes we have on offer, or how it is all relevant to high school teaching, students and subjects (e.g. biology and physical education). Our event seeks to bridge this gap.

Join us to learn about our programmes, the ground-breaking research being carried out in the department and how subjects such as movement neuroscience, exercise physiology, biomechanics and exercise psychology relate to your teaching interests.

We’ve designed this half-day to be as beneficial as possible to you by listening to what teachers want and feeding your responses into the event programme. You will have the opportunity to meet informally with our staff and students over lunch to discuss up-to-date knowledge that you can take back to your schools and the classroom.

Getting here

The Exercise Sciences Teachers Day will be held at our facilities at Tāmaki Campus. Free car parking is available and plentiful.

Department of Exercise Sciences
Building 730, Room 220
261 Morrin Road
Glen Innes
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Signage will be visible on the day to help you find your way to the building.


Register your attendance

Registrations for the 2017 Exercise Sciences Teachers Day are now closed. Please email if you wish to be added onto our mailing list for future events.

2017 Programme

9.15am                          Registration opens

9.30am                          Welcome from Associate Professor Greg Anson, Head of Department


9.40am                          Tours of departmental laboratories and clinics

10.45am                        Clinical Exercise Physiology – Paul Nolan, Professional Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate

This section of the day will discuss what Clinical Exercise Physiology is and why it is a growth area for postgraduate students. Paul will also outline the clinical set up of the department and the services that are provided.

11am                              Exercise Physiology – Dr Nick Gant, Academic Programme Leader

Exercise Physiology is a broad applied science discipline that forms the largest component of the teaching programme within the Department of Exercise Sciences. Our work in this area ranges from fundamental biological science to applied industrial and biomedical research. Dr Gant will describe some of the research his students are undertaking in this area and his involvement with Science Scholars; a new and exciting programme for the best and brightest science students.

11.15am                         Morning tea


11.30am                         Teaching in Exercise Physiology/Clinical Exercise Physical – Dr Graeme Carrick-Ranson,                                             Postgraduate Committee

A brief overview of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research in Exercise Physiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology.

11.45am                         Biomechanics – Dr Angus McMorland, Lecturer in Computational Neuroscience

Biomechanics is, principally, the study of the physics of human movement, but also incorporates issues of movement control and muscle physiology. Typical goals of biomechanics research are to understand mechanisms of injury in sports, to enhance highperformance sporting technique, to improve rehabilitation after injury or disease, and to improve the quality of life for those with movement disabilities. For teaching, biomechanics presents a great opportunity for engaging students while exploring classical Newtonian physics concepts by performing real-world sports activities to which they can easily relate.

12pm                             Psychology of Active Living – Dr Borja del Pozo Cruz, Chair, Undergraduate Committee

Psychology of active living studies the emotional, psychological and health-related consequences of physical activity, but also the consequences of being sedentary. Moreover, the discipline tries to understand barriers, exercise preferences, and goals of people and how to modify undesirable behaviours to promote health and lifelong well-being.

12.15pm                        Movement Neuroscience – Associate Professor Jim Stinear, Movement Neuroscience Laboratory

An appreciation of neuroscience principles underlying the preparation, planning and execution of movement can lead to a structured approach for developing novel rehabilitation strategies for people with impaired movement ability, such as that which occurs for individuals with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, or after brain injury, such as cerebral palsy and stroke.

12.30pm                        An overview of the BSc in Exercise Sciences – Dr Nick Gant

12.45pm                        Closing remarks – Associate Professor Greg Anson

1pm                              Lunch and networking session 

Join us for lunch, meet our students and talk to them about their experiences including current research. View the poster display.


About the department

Opened in 1994, the Department of Exercise Sciences is at the cutting-edge of science and an established part of the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland.

The department brings together expertise in the disciplines of biomechanics, movement neuroscience, exercise physiology, exercise metabolism and exercise and sport psychology to understand the role of exercise in sustaining health, improving disease outcomes, and enhancing human performance through sport and physical activity.

In addition to outstanding undergraduate teaching the department hosts a pioneering taught postgraduate (PGDip and MSc) programme in the new allied health profession of clinical exercise physiology (CEP). This is the only internationally accredited postgraduate CEP programme in New Zealand.