Staff profile

Dr Ruth Ashton

Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

Ruth smiling wearing a green shirt


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology in the School of Human Sciences and Programme Leader for the Sport and Exercise Science programme.

My research has primarily focused on exercise in adults with chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and COVID-19.  I am currently working on several international investigations to increase understanding and awareness of Long COVID, including clinical datasets and patients lived experience. Our aim with this research is to develop bespoke patient-centred pathways to restore functional status and quality of life.  

I am also accredited as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

Teaching responsibilities

I currently contribute to teaching in the areas of exercise physiology and physcial activity and health. I also supervise student research projects at Undergraduate and Masters level. I also currently supervise four PhD students that are related to several externally funded projects in the areas of physiology and innovative technologies.

Research interests

My research focuses on exercise in adults with chronic diseases, in particular those diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular disease AND Long COVID. The research looks at how exercise can be an adjunctive therapy to conventional treatment to improve overall health and quality of life. 

The work in cancer is primarily centred around embedding exercise as part of the treatment pathway to alleviate treatment associated side effects. I am also interested in how we can recruit representative populations to clinical trials ensuring diversity and inclusion.

Our COVID-19 work is supporting an increase in the understanding of COVID-19 symptomology and the impact this has upon patients in hospital and community settings. We are attempting to profile the determinants of recovery to inform the development of COVID-specific support pathways to increase patient outcomes and functional status.

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Recent publications

All publications can be found on ResearchGate.