Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Research Group (SEPP-RG)



The Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Research Group (SEPP-RG) conducts world leading research and enterprise activities to enhance the psychological health and performance of individuals, teams, and organisations.

Our aim

SEPP-RG has an international reputation, collaborations with industry (e.g., private and public sector organisations and national governing bodies), and a thriving postgraduate environment.


We are interdisciplinary. We work as an interdisciplinary team (e.g., examining psychophysiological responses to stress).

We are collegiate. We work together to enhance individuals’, teams’, and organisations psychological health and performance.

We are applied. We focus on developing theory and the application of individual, team, and organisational interventions (e.g., we develop, co-create, implement, and evaluate leadership development programmes).

We connect. We work with private businesses, the public sector, together with national governing bodies and elite teams in sport.

We are international. We are recognised internationally, and we work with key collaborators (e.g., at KU Leuven and University of Queensland).

Group leader

Matthew Slater

Professor Of Sport & Exercise Psychology

Matt is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology and recognised as an internationally leading scholar on the psychology of leadership and group dynamics.

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Researchers within Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Research Group (SEPP-RG)

Karla Drew


I am a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Course leader for the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology programme. I am also a BPS Chartered, and HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Dr Stephanie Romano-Smith


I am the course leader of Distance learning Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) degree programme. I also have teaching responsibilities across undergraduate and postgraduate awards in the area of sport and exercise psychology.

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021