Dr Jacky Forsyth

Associate Professor

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I obtained my first degree at the University of Warwick, my MPhil from St Andrew’s University and my PhD from Liverpool John Moores University. I have worked at various higher education institutes in the UK, where I have been involved in research, sports science support for athletes, quality assurance in teaching and learning, and external examining work. I have also worked in the private sector in the area of sport, fitness and health. I started my current post as a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University in 2006.

Professional memberships and activities

Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow.
Vice Chair of the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network (WISEAN), the aim of which is “To grow, strengthen and promote research on women in sport and exercise, with the ultimate goal of optimising women’s athletic success and their participation' https://www.wisean.net/

Academic qualifications

PhD, Liverpool John Moores University, 2005
Title: The isolated and combined effects of circadian and circamensal rhythms on blood lactate concentration

MPhil, St Andrews University, 1995
Title: Development of procedures for assessing the effect of stroke rate on physiological variables during ergometer rowing

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), University of Warwick, 1989

BA (Hons) Physical Education and Geography, 2:1, University of Warwick, 1989


I have expertise on women’s exercise physiology and health, specifically bone health, osteoporosis, ovarian hormones, and exercise.

Research interests

My main priority and drive in research is to promote, raise awareness and cultivate research and study on women in sport and exercise. Specifically, I carry out research on osteoporosis, how diet and exercise can be used to improve bone health for women, and how women’s hormones might affect the interaction between bone health and exercise. I am also an associate of the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD).

Enterprise and commercial interests

I co-founded WiSEAN and do Podcasts as part of this network.

I am creator of Peak Condition, a student-led sports science support service.
Externally funded projects have included: UK Football Study Programme (The Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) and China School Sports Federation (CSSF), £355,200); The effect of menstrual cycle and time of day on wellbeing and exercise performance in women (North Wales Research Committee and North East Wales NHS Trust); exercise as an adjunct therapy for postnatal depression (Primary Care Trust, Stoke-on-Trent NHS). I also undertake sports science support and consultancy for various athletes at local, regional and national levels.


Level 4. Fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism
Level 4: Fundamentals of exercise physiology, biomechanics and strength and conditioning
Level 4: Academic skills and employability in S&E
Level 5: Research and graduate employability
Level 6. Sport and exercise physiology for Health and Fitness
Level 6. Business, enterprise and entrepreneurship in health, fitness and sports science
Level 6. Fitness instruction and personal training
Level 6: Personal and professional development in sport
Level 7. Physiological support of athletes



Babatunde, O. O., Bourton, A. L., Hind, K., Paskins & Forsyth, J. J. (2019). Exercise interventions for preventing and treating low bone mass in the forearm: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2019.07.007

Forsyth, J. J., Jones, J., Duval, L., & Bambridge, A. (2019). Opportunities and barriers that females face for study and employment in sport. Journal of Hospitality, leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 24, 80-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhlste.2019.01.005

Forsyth, J. J., & Roberts, C. (2019). (Ed). The exercising female: Science and its application. London: Routledge.

Babatunde, O, & Forsyth, J. (2014). Effects of lifestyle exercise on premenopausal bone health: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, 32(5):563-572. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00774-013-0527-9.

Media work, e.g.,
BBC One documentary, ‘The Truth about Fat’, (https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/09BB4267?bcast=115371025).

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020