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Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Cooper teaches across the undergraduate degree programmes, with an emphasis on exercise and health physiology. He is Module Leader for Nutrition & Metabolism and Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health, as well as contributing to several other modules across the curriculum. He also teaches on the postgraduate MRes degree programmes. Dr Cooper is also Admissions Tutor for the sport academic team, handling admissions for the four sport science related undergraduate degree programmes.

Research areas

Dr Cooper is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group. His research interests include:

  • The factors affecting cognitive function in young people across the school morning, with a focus on the role of exercise. Work is continuing to examine the optimum modality, intensity and duration of exercise to optimise cognition in young people.
  • The effects of exercise on cardiometabolic health in young people.
  • Exercise in the heat and neuromuscular and cognitive function.
  • More broadly, the effect of team games on young athletes.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD are available in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Professional affiliations:

Reviewer activity:

Dr Cooper is available to provide nutritional support for individual athletes or groups of athletes. Combining nutritional and physiological knowledge with a level 3 qualification in cricket coaching has allowed Dr Cooper to develop a specific nutrition for cricket workshop, focussing on all aspects of nutrition and hydration to optimise performance.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration of Dr Stephan Bandelow (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University). Current projects include:

  • The effects of sprint based exercise on adolescents' cognitive function
  • The combined effects of breakfast and exercise on cognitive function in young people


Selected Publications

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Press expertise

  • Nutrition (general health nutrition and sports nutrition)
  • Effects of breakfast consumption and composition in children and adults, with a focus on cognitive function / ability to learn at school