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Matthew Wade

PhD Student

About Research

Matthew graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He continued his education by attending Cardiff Metropolitan University where he graduated with an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science.

After graduating from Cardiff Metropolitan University Matthew joined ukactive, a not-for-profit membership organisation promoting physical activity across the UK. His role at ukactive is within the Research Institute which aims to bridge the gap between traditional 'exercise is medicine' research and real world interventions and answering fundamental questions related to how to get more people, more active, more often.

Matthew joined St Mary's as a PhD student in October 2016 studying physical activity and public health within the School of Sport Health and Applied Science.


Research

Matthew's PhD is focused on a community-based public health intervention that is aimed at promoting an increase in physical activity alongside positive behaviour change. Physical inactivity has become one of the most important health issues this century and by promoting a physically active lifestyle over 20 chronic conditions can be prevented or managed.

Alongside his PhD, Matthew is continuing his role at the ukactive Research Institute, applying his academic knowledge to real world physical activity interventions.