Staff profile

Dr Stuart Mourton

Programme Leader - BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health and BA (Hons) Sport and Education Senior lecturer in Skill Acquisition

Dr Stuart Mourton


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the programme leader for our BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health and BA (Hons) Sport and Education degree programmes delivered at Kedleston Road, and our FDA Sport Coaching degree delivered as part of our partnership with Derby College. I am also a senior lecturer, teaching on a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules across the subject area.

Additionally, I undertake research in the area of motor control, skill acquisition and cognitive functioning. I also provide research support to our MRes and PhD students, and am responsible for overseeing the delivery of Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science open days. 

Outside of my roles at the University, I am a volunteer with Special Olympics and work with the SO West Midlands ski group to provide support to our athletes both at training sessions held within the UK and on the slopes at European ski resorts. The field of sport and exercise in individuals with intellectual disabilities is one of a number of research interests I am involved in.

Teaching responsibilities

I am module leader for the following content on our prorgammes; Level 4 Coaching and Skill Acquisition, Level 5 module Research Methods for Sports and Exercise and Level 5 Psychomotor Learning. I am also a member of the teaching staff on the Level 7 module Advanced Research Methods. 

Professional interests

I'm interested in the full range of facets within the subject areas of Sport and Exercise science; from issues such as coaching procedures and feedback delivery, to statistical analysis and psychological profiling. 

Research interests

My research has centered on the programming of simple aiming movements, the influence of response preparation on speeded decision making, and the learning process involved in novel motor tasks. I have recently started to carry out work in the field of sleep deprivation, and its effect on motor skills and reaction time. Through my connections with Special Olympics coaching groups, I have also started to work in the field of motor learning and performance in individuals with an intellectual disability. I have also started to carry out investigations into the use of single-subject research designs and analysis.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a professional member of BASES.


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Recent publications