The School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice encompasses the following subject areas:
The school has top of the range facilities including USW Sport Park, a £3.7m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development Centre, as well as medical and sports laboratories with cutting edge technologies and machinery.
Students studying on our Policing and Security courses have access to fully equipped police interview rooms, using exactly the same equipment as UK police forces. The Hydra computer simulation system, owned by only a few Universities across the world, is used to train Police, and allows academic staff to construct complex operational scenarios to test the operational and managerial capabilities of students.
The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of South Wales provides great teaching support to its students and offers students a range of opportunities to help graduates pursue a career in the chiropractic profession. The School also has an excellent working relationship with the chiropractic profession and enjoy close links with the British Chiropractic Association and the College of Chiropractors, as well as many other international chiropractic organisations.
Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Research Unit
The Unit focuses on two functionally-integrated clinical and applied impact themes that reflect long-standing interests in Vascular Health and Sports Performance. The Vascular Health Group focuses on the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis and the vascular benefits associated with increased physical activity and healthy eating across the ageing continuum. The Sports Performance Group makes use of extensive collaborations with elite sports teams and takes a practical approach to improving sports performance and participation.
The International Centre for Policing and Security
The International Centre for Policing and Security, led by Professor Colin Rogers, provides research and support for all aspects of day to day policing both nationally and internationally. Its mission is to enhance and improve police activities involving all aspects of the community, and their research has included policing and victims of crime, problem solving and community policing and education of police officers as well as other aspects of policing which have the greatest impact upon this area. Many of the staff are former police practitioners and recent research has included the introduction of community policing styles in Uruguay, the effectiveness of training of police officers in New South Wales, Australia, the police recruitment of minority ethnic groups in the UK and the changing role of the police community support officer in England and Wales.
Centre for Research and Innovation in Care Sciences
The Centre for Research & Innovation in Care Sciences has an over-arching focus on the promotion and maintenance of health and social well-being. Research is collaborative and interdisciplinary and considers both the application and implication of new knowledge for health and social care practice, policy, and professional education. The Centre currently comprises five Research Units, which span both the School of Care Sciences and the School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice:
Care Sciences Research Unit
Research from the Care Sciences Research Unit is made up of dynamic groups of staff who encourage many different types of development in the area of care sciences such as acute care, enduring health needs and health professional education.
Clinical Technology and Diagnostics Research Unit
The Unit’s areas of research include the impact of sports and daily life on the mechanics of human body function; assessment and development of tools used for diagnosis, assessment of Raynaud’s phenomenon diagnosis and glove development; and chiropractic clinical research.
Genomics Policy Unit
The Genomics Policy Unit (GPU) is one of the longest established research groups studying the ‘new genetics’ in existence in the UK. The Unit’s aim is to make a significant contribution to professional preparation, public education, and ultimately to care improvement in the emerging era of genomic healthcare, through the generation of new knowledge and the application of that knowledge to policy developments.
Unit for Development in Intellectual Disabilities
UDID’s mission is to enhance quality of life and quality of service provision for people with intellectual disabilities and their families and carers. They do this via an integrated programme of research, education and practice.