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Ryan Williams


School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Ryan Williams is a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, teaching across the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. He is module leader for the Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology (SPOR10022) module, and contributes to the supervision of research projects across the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. Dr Williams also assists with Outreach programme for the Sport Science department.

Career overview

Dr Williams joined the Sport Science Academic Team at Nottingham Trent University in January 2021. He completed his PhD at Nottingham Trent University (2017-2021), which focused on the effects of physical activity and physical fitness for improving cardiometabolic health and cognitive function in adolescents.  Ryan worked as an Hourly Paid Lecturer within the Sport Science department during the completion of his PhD. This followed on from a BSc (H) Sport and Exercise Science (winner of best Undergraduate Project) and MRes Exercise Physiology (winner of best Research Project), also completed at Nottingham Trent University.

Research areas

Dr Williams is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group.

His research focuses mainly on the acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise in young people. In particular, studying the effects of different modes of exercise and exploring the role of exercise intensity. Dr Williams also has a keen interest in the monitoring of habitual physical activity using accelerometers. Aside from the health-based research in young people, Dr Williams also has research interests focusing on the aetiology of exercise intolerance (with a focus on neuromuscular function).

Current PhD students under supervision by Dr Williams:

Anna Dunn
Luke Gilbert

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity


Dr Williams is currently providing anthropometric consultancy for the NOVA Centurion Swimming Team.

Other External Activity

Dr Williams is a member of the advisory committee for the Bachelor of Science in Sport Science degree at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

Dr Williams is also a member of the following societies:

  • The Physiological Society
  • Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep (ProPASS) Consortium
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Sponsors and collaborators

External Sponsors and Collaborators

Dr Williams works alongside the following external collaborators:

  • Dr Fenghua Sun (The Education University of Hong Kong)
  • Nottingham City Council Eating and Moving for Good Health Steering Group
  • The Daily Mile Foundation
  • MyAge  (UK Ageing Network)

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