Staff profile

Dr Clare Roscoe

Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health


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 a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health and the Level 4 Lead for all sports 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.

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 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. Currently, I am working on a project across primary schools in Warwickshire where we are assessing 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. 

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

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

Recent publications

Dobell, A., Pringle, A., Faghy, M. A. and Roscoe, C. M. P. (2020). Fundamental Movement Skills and Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity Levels during Early Childhood: A Systematic Review. Children, 7, 224. doi:10.3390/children7110224.

Duncan, M. J., Dobell, A., Noon, M., Clark, C. C. T., Roscoe, C. M. P., Faghy, M. A., Stodden, D., Sacko, R. and Eyre, E. L. J. (2020). Calibration and Cross-Validation of Accelerometery for Estimating Movement Skills in Children Aged 8–12 Years. Sensors 20, 2776. doi:10.3390/s20102776.

Duncan, M. J., Eyre, E. L. J., Cox, V., Roscoe, C. M. P., Faghy, M. A., Tallis, J. and Dobell, A. (2020). Cross-validation of Actigraph derived accelerometer cut-points for assessment of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children aged 8-11 years. Acta Paediatrica. doi: 10.1111/apa.15189. [Epub ahead of print].

Duncan, M. J, Roscoe, C. M. P., Noon, M., Clark, C. C. T., O’Brien, W. and Eyre, E. L. J. (2019). Run, jump, throw and catch: How proficient are children attending English schools at the fundamental motor skills identified as key within the school curriculum? European Journal of Education Review.

Roscoe, C. M. P., James, R. S. and Duncan, M. J. (2019). ‘Accelerometer-Based Physical Activity Levels Differ between Week and Weekend Days in British Preschool Children’. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology 4, 65 doi:10.3390/jfmk4030065.

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].

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. (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.

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.

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.