Dr Shaun Phillips

Depute Director of Postgraduate Studies (PGT) / Lecturer in Sports Physiology


I completed my BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bedfordshire and my MSc in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University, before gaining my PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Edinburgh.  I taught at Abertay University as a teaching fellow and as lecturer in sport and exercise science and year 3 and 4 programme leader for six years, before leaving Abertay to take up my current role at the University of Edinburgh in January 2015.

Responsibilities & affiliations

I have provided exercise physiology support to a variety of athletes and organisations, including high performance triathletes, footballers and basketball players, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian FC, the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy, Scottish Institute of Sport, and the male and female senior Hockey teams.  I am also the exercise and health physiology advisor for the regional eating disorders unit at NHS Lothian,  providing expert advice and consultancy to the specialist physiotherapist for eating disorders and mental health at the largest eating disorders clinic in Scotland.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Programme: BSC (Hons) Applied Sport Science. Teaching:  Sport Science 1A: Physiology and Skill Acquisition; Environmental Physiology; Sports Physiology 4.
  • Programme: BEd (Hons) Physical Education. Teaching:  Physiological Perspectives in Physical Education.

Postgraduate teaching

  • Programme: MSc Strength and Conditioning. Teaching: Sports Nutrition; MSc Dissertation Course.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I would be willing to discuss PhD projects within the areas listed under my current research interests, as well as more general sport and exercise physiology topics.

Current PhD students supervised

Wendy Timmons: Hypermobility in young athletes.

Cam Zhao: Unilateral resistance training in young team games players.

Research summary

  • Physiological and metabolic responses to RaceRunning in people with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Fatigue mechanisms during exercise.
  • Perceptual regulation of exercise.
  • Perceptions of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and how HIIT can be incorporated into people's lives.

Research activities

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Project activity

Current research projects include measurement of the acute physiological and metabolic responses of people with Cerebral Palsy to RaceRunning; the efficacy of a self-regulated high-intensity interval exercise programme; and strategies to reduce the impact of mental fatigue on exercise performance.

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