Prof Stuart Fairclough Adjunct Professor

Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BEd (Hons), FHEA, BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Multidisciplinary Research), CSci


Professor of Physical Activity Education

Edgehill University

St Helens Road



L39 4QP

United Kingdom


Adjunct Professor in Physical Education

Teaching and Research Interests:

Research interests: Physical activity promotion, with particular reference to young people.   Physical activity measurement and correlates.  School-based physical activity.  Enviromental influences on physical activity. 

Personal Profile:


Stuart is primarily interested in children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health, and in particular interventions to modify behaviours. Within this area his work focuses on physical activity measurement and the role of multidimensional correlates in the promotion of physically active lifestyles among young people. A core setting to this work is the school environment. To date he has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and supervised a number of PhD candidates on these research topics. Examples of completed projects include: establishing baseline physical activity, physical self-perceptions, and health data for Wigan primary school children (Wigan PEPASS Project); evaluating a teacher training and playground marking multi-skills intervention (Manchester Learning to Move, Moving to Learn Project); assessing the effects of an early years physical activity intervention (Active Play Project); implementing a middle school physical activity intervention programme (HAPPY study in Bedfordshire); evaluating physical activity programmes for under 11’s (All-Ways Active Project), and implementing and evaluating the effects of the Children’s Health, Activity, and Nutrition: Get Educated! (CHANGE!) Project, which was a formative intervention based in Wigan to improve primary school children’s well-being through enhanced physical activity and eating behaviours. Other recent work includes an after-school club intervention combining active video games and multi-skills among low active and low fit high school children, and assessing physical activity and home environments of Liverpool adolescents and their parents. Examples of current work include development of physical activity measurement methods in UK children through accelerometry and self-report methods with Iowa State University, investigating physical activity behaviours of low active children and their families, and use of participatory approaches to develop school-based interventions. Away from work Stuart enjoys all kinds of exercise and physical activity and regularly runs and cycles. He also coaches junior rugby league and is an avid Wigan Warriors supporter.