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Scott Burnet

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


Scott is a senior lecturer in sport and exercise physiology. He graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in sports science. Upon graduating, Scott worked at the University of Winchester for five years as the laboratory technician to the sports studies department. While there, he successfully completed a part-time master's degree in sport and exercise physiology which enabled him to incorporate part-time lecturing into his job role.

Since 2005, Scott has worked at Thames Valley University; Queen Mary’s University, London; and London Metropolitan University in either a technical or academic context. In 2008 Scott joined the health, exercise and sports science team at Solent University as a lecturer in research methods and physiology. He currently teaches exercise physiology and research methods units across a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

In support of his teaching, Scott completed his postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education (PGCinL&T) at the University of West London (formerly Thames Valley University). He is currently working towards senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and a part-time PhD investigating the quantitative methods provision on sport and exercise science courses within the UK. Alongside his teaching and research responsibilities Scott is the Level 4 tutor for the BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science and BSc (Hons) Sport Performance Coaching courses and is the Chair of the Health, Exercise and Sports Science Ethics Committee.

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Further information

Industry experience

Scott's industry experience includes sports science support at Southampton Football Club and Reading Football Club.

Teaching experience

2008 to present: Senior lecturer (research methods and physiology) – Solent University.

2007 to 2006: Laboratory demonstrator (sports science) – Thames Valley University.

2006 to 2007: Laboratory demonstrator (sports science) – London Metropolitan University.

2005 to 2006: Associate lecturer (physiology) – Queen Mary’s University London.

2003 to 2005: Associate lecturer (physiology and research methods) – University of Winchester.

Research interests

Scott is currently working towards a pedagogically based PhD which is examining the quantitative methods (QM) provision in sport and exercise science (SES) courses within the UK. This will involve auditing SES courses for QM content, evaluating the effectiveness of the content delivery and then looking for examples of best practice. Other research areas of interest include:

  • Learning and teaching practices.
  • Reliability and validity of physiological tests.

Recent publications

Mola, J., Bruce-Low, S. and Burnet, S. (2014). 'Postactivation Potentiation in Professional Soccer Players: Optimal Recovery Time'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(6), 1529-1537.

Bruce-Low, S.S., Burnet S., Arber K., Price, D., Webster L., Stopforth M. (2013). 'Interactive Mobile Learning: A Pilot Study of a new approach for Sport Science and Medical undergraduate Students'. Advances in Physiology Education, 37(4), 292-297.

Bruce-Low, S., Smith, D., Burnet, S., Fisher, J., Bissell, G. and Webster, L. (2012). 'One lumbar extension training session per week is sufficient for optimal strength gains and reductions in low back pain in chronic participants'. Ergonomics (in print).

Burnet, S., Bruce-Low, S and Forrester, C. (2011). 'Validation of an Information Literacy Skills Test for Sport and Exercise Science Students'. Presented at The Annual Conference of the British Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester, 5-7 September.

Bruce-Low, S. and Burnet, S. (2010). 'Lumbar strength training and the prevention of lower back pain'. Presented at The Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport Exercise Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow 6 – 8 September.

Slee, A., O’Driscoll, J.,Burnet, S., Hughes, G. and Chen, M. (2009). 'Effect of Paleolithic dietary intervention on body composition and blood pressure'. Presented at The Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport Exercise Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds 1–3 September.

Work in progress

'Lower Back Strength And Muscle Activation Patterns In Competitive Soccer Players With And Without Hamstring Strain Injuries - A Retrospective Study.' – Currently in review.

'Use of online presentations as a flexible method of assessment in Research Methods.'– Data collection currently taking place.


Scott was a nominee for Solent Teaching and Recognition (STAR) for Research Methods (2014 & 2015) and his unit, Solent Unit Evaluation (SUE): Research methods unit, was ranked in the top 20 units within the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences.