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Ruth James

Ruth James

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Ruth James is a Principal Lecturer in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Physiology. She is Course Leader for the BSc(H) Exercise, Nutrition and Health (Course name changing for 2023 intake to BSc(H) Sports Science, Health and Nutrition). Ruth is the module Leader for second year Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Dr James has on going research interests in sport and health nutrition, environmental exercise physiology and leads the 'Student Health Study' at NTU. She is an active member of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group and is also the Chair of the School of Science and Technology Non-invasive Ethics Committee.

Career overview

Dr James completed her PhD at Loughborough University under the supervision of Professor Ron Maughan. She then worked at NTU as a Research Fellow for 3 years before moving into the academic Sports Science team.

Research areas

Dr James is currently involved in running the Student Health Study in collaboration with colleagues art NTU. This project uses a interdisciplinary and longitudinal approach to looking at student health, with a focus on metabolic, cardiovascular and mental health. She also conducts research on nutritional interventions for health and sport performance, as well as projects looking at heat and cold exposure for performance and recovery.

For information about carrying out a PhD under the supervision of Dr James please contact her directly. Furthermore, internally funded opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website at

External activity

Invited reviewer for over 10 international peer review journals.

External examiner at University of Bedfordshire.

Invited grant reviewer for BBSRC

Invited consultant to the Diet and Physical Activity Program within the Department of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.

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Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:


Selected publications

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Press expertise

Dr James is able talk to the press regarding:

  • Student health
  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Thermoregulation during sport and exercise

Course(s) I teach on