Staff profile

Dr Clare Roscoe

Lecturer in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health and the Level 4 Lead for all sport programmes.

As part of my role, I am involved with the 'Derby A City on the Move' project. This project is funded by Sport England and aims to encourage inactive people in Derby to take part in sport. The project involves a variety of partnerships working together to ensure this project is successful, including: the University of Derby, Derby City Council, Sporting Futures, Derby County Community Trust, Derby College and Derby City Council - Livewell.

I am a research active sport and exercise scientist who is passionate about physical activity levels of both children and adults. My research interests are predominantly based around physical activity levels and fundamental movement skills in British preschool children.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities include:

Professional interests

I have previously worked in further education for 11 years, teaching on sport and exercise science and fitness courses. I worked up to the position of Curriculum Manager whilst also studying part-time for my PhD. I then changed further education institutions, teaching on a Foundation Degree programme in Sport Science for Coaching and Performance.   

Research interests

My main research interests lie within the field of physical activity levels and fundamental movement skills in preschool children. I completed my PhD in this area and looked at the Physical Activity and Fundamental Movement Skills of British Preschool Children. As part of my PhD I carried out research into calibrating the GENEActiv accelerometers for use with preschool children. I have also performed research to determine the physical activity levels of preschool children during the week and weekend days, whilst also determining the fundamental movement skills of preschool children. Currently I am working on a project in conjunction with the British Lung Foundation and a collaborative project with Coventry University performing research into 7-11 year old grass roots footballers.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Recent publications

Roscoe, C. M. P., James, R. and Duncan, M. (2017). ‘Calibration of GENEActiv accelerometer wrist cut-points for the assessment of physical activity intensity of preschool aged children’. European Journal of Pediatrics 176 (8), 1093-1098.

Roscoe, C. M. P., James, R. S. and Duncan, M. J. (2017). ‘Preschool staff and parents’ perceptions of preschool children’s physical activity and fundamental movement skills from an area of high deprivation: a qualitative study’. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health 9 (5), 619-635.

Duncan, M. J., Roscoe, C. M. P., Faghy, M. Talis, J. and Eyre, E. L. J. (2019). ‘Estimating physical activity in children agreed 8-11 years using accelerometry: contributions from fundamental movement skills and different accelerometer placements’. Frontiers in Physiology 10 (9), 242.

Roscoe, C. M. P., James, R. S. and Duncan, M. J. (2019). ‘Accelerometer based physical activity levels, fundamental movement skills and weight status in British preschool children from a deprived area’. European Journal of Pediatrics,  doi: 10.1007/s00431-019-03390-z. [Epub ahead of print]