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Claire Bruce-Martin

Assistant Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Claire joined the university in February 2005 having completed her MSc in Sport Management (Thesis title: Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme: Managing Business Performance), she went on to complete her sport psychology focused PhD (Thesis title: Existing, Experienced and Informed Realities of Sport Coaching through Transformational Leadership) in 2022.  Claire is a Level 3 athletics coach and supports athletes from across the range of abilities from novice to high performance middle and long distance runners.  Claire is also a qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach and supports the physical preparation of runners as an integral feature of their training approaches.  Claire also brings with her ten years of professional industry experience which includes: business leadership, commercial and operational management at both regional and national levels, in parallel with a breadth of strategic planning, financial and human resource management expertise.  Drawing on this during her time with Northumbria Claire has also focused on the commercial and academic development of our sport programmes through collaborating with national governing bodies of sport.  This includes managing the partnerships and leading the academic development of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for British Tennis, British Equestrian Federation, British Rowing and Football League Education.  Claire is also the Deputy Head of Department for Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation.

Claire Bruce-Martin

Campus Address

NB 235
Northumberland Building
City Campus

Claire's research is underpinned by a strong background in management and leadership which is applied across the varied and complex applied contexts of sport.  Since 2014, her research has focused on the analysis of transformational leadership across the spectrum (performance to particiaption) of tennis coaching.  Equally her skills across mixed methods research have been drawn upon to support research collaborations focusing on: strength and conditioning, aerospace medicine and rehabilitation, pediatric nutrition/hydration/cognition in education settings, and more recently pedagogic innovation for sport and exercise science students.


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  • Benefits and Motives for Peer Mentoring in Higher Education: An Exploration Through the Lens of Cultural Capital, Hayman, R., Wharton, K., Bruce-Martin, C., Allin, L. Mar 2022, In: Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning
  • Exercise countermeasure preferences of three male astronauts, a preliminary qualitative study, Laws, J., Bruce-Martin, C., Caplan, N., Meroni, R., Winnard, A. 1 Dec 2022, In: Acta Astronautica
  • Using animations to support student learning in undergraduate physiology, Peart, D., Keane, K., Allen, G., Bruce-Martin, C., Rumbold, P. 8 Aug 2022, In: Journal of Biological Education
  • Developing, Implementing, and Applying Novel Techniques During Systematic Reviews of Primary Space Medicine Data, Winnard, A., Caplan, N., Bruce-Martin, C., Swain, P., Velho, R., Meroni, R., Wotring, V., Damann, V., Weber, T., Evetts, S., Laws, J. 1 Aug 2021, In: Aerospace medicine and human performance
  • Exploring the Practical Knowledge of Eccentric Resistance Training in High- Performance Strength and Conditioning Practitioners, Harden, M., Bruce-Martin, C., Wolf, A., Hicks, K., Howatson, G. 1 Feb 2020, In: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
  • Systematic review of the technical and physiological constraints of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle that affect the capability of astronauts to exercise effectively during spaceflight, Laws, J., Caplan, N., Bruce-Martin, C., McGrogan, C., Lindsay, K., Wild, B., Debuse, D., Wotring, V., Winnard, A. 1 May 2020, In: Acta Astronautica
  • Realities of Excellence in Sport Coaching through Experiences of Transformational Leadership, Bruce-Martin, C., Arthur, C., Wharton, K., Radley, R., Bruce-Martin, M., Caplan, N. 4 Jun 2019, The Canadian Association for Leisure Studies conference
  • Applying Management Principles in Sports Coaching, Bruce-Martin, C. 29 Mar 2011, Sports Coaching: A Reference Guide for Students, Coaches and Competitors, Ramsbury, The Crowood Press
  • Delivery Structure of High Performance Sport in the UK, Bruce-Martin, C., Porteous, J. 29 Mar 2011, Sports Coaching: A Reference Guide for Students, Coaches and Competitors, Ramsbury, The Crowood Press

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  • Sports Science PhD September 29 2022
  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL September 15 2005
  • Sport Management MSc July 31 2005
  • Recreation Management BA (Hons) September 01 1991
  • Associate Member Leisure Studies Association (LSA) 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2005

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