Staff profile

Dr Clare Roscoe

Associate Professor in Physical Activity and Health

Clare Roscoe


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am an Associate Professor in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health and Deputy Programme Lead for BSc Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health and BA Sport Education programmes.

As part of my role, I have previously been involved with the 'Derby A City on the Move' project. This project was funded by Sport England and aimed to encourage inactive people in Derby to take part in sport. The project involved a variety of partnerships working together to ensure this project was 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 on physical activity levels and fundamental movement skills in British preschool children. Although I recently completed work for PHE around understanding and addressing inequalities in physical activity. I am also involved with Notts County Foundation as part of evaluating their CARE and prehab-CARE programmes.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities include:

Professional interests

I have previously worked in further education for 11 years, teaching 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 Sports 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. I have worked on a project across primary schools in Warwickshire where we assessed the children's fundamental movement skills (FMS), anthropometric measures and other variables to monitor them in relation to the FMS requirements of the national curriculum. I am also actively involved in research around inequalities in physical activity and the impact of physical activity on individuals with cancer.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

I love road cycling, it is a great passion of mine.

In the media

Recent publications

A small child in a yellow tee-shirt and green wellies jumping in front of a grey stucco wall

Dr Clare Roscoe, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health at the University of Derby, talks about what we can do to encourage children to get active during lockdown.