research student

Catherine Ross

Postgraduate Research Student

Catherine smiling.


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences



I have a life-long passion for sport and physical activity having competed at county, regional and national level in various sports, along with coaching both competitive and recreational athletes for many years. Additional to completing my undergraduate degree, I’ve worked as a Sports Massage Therapist and more recently as an Assistant Physical Activity Development Officer.

I have a keen interest in physical activity, nutrition, obesity and metabolic health, particularly after undertaking a placement at Leicester Diabetes Centre back in 2016. My PhD will investigate healthcare professional-led physical activity promotion for people with diabetes (2020-2023). The focus is on the role that healthcare professionals play in promoting physical activity, with the aim of developing and assessing effective strategies that will enhance their preparedness and ability to promote physical activity with these patients.

Away from academia, I like to keep busy by running, cycling, dancing, and lifting weights in the gym. I also love going out for coffee, brunch and enjoy exploring new places.

Thesis title 

Investigating healthcare professional-led physical activity promotion in patients with diabetes.


DoS: Dr. Andy Pringle
1st: Dr. Mark Faghy
2nd: Dr. Clare Roscoe

Teaching responsibilities

Not a GTA post (but can teach up to 6 hours).