James Wright



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James is a senior lecturer in sport science and performance. He graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science. Following graduation, he briefly worked as a cardiac technician at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, before joining the University of Southampton as a sports science technician. During his time at Southampton University, James completed a part-time MSc in Sports Performance (2008). In 2010, James joined the University of Winchester as a sport science technician and teaching assistant. In 2013, James completed a PGCL&T in HE and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

James moved to Solent University in 2014 as a technician instructor and, as the BASES laboratory director, was responsible for the day-to-day running of the sports science laboratories. In 2018, he joined the academic team as a senior lecturer in sport science and performance and primarily teaches sport and exercise physiology. In 2019, James completed his PhD, which investigated the reliability and validity of a novel all-out cycling testing protocol to estimate critical power.

At the BASES Annual Conference (2018), James won the Routledge Recently Qualified Researcher Free Communication Award.  

James is a BASES-accredited sport and exercise scientist and has experience of providing sports science support to amateur and professional athletes/teams. He also works closely with BASES to deliver the supervised experience entry workshop, in addition to the combined supervisor/reviewer workshop.


James has experience teaching physiology and biomechanics modules at Levels 3-7. He currently teaches and is module leader for Level 4 Biomehanics, Level 5 Physiology, Level 7 Supervised Experience and Level 7 Clinical Exercise Physiology. 

James is the level 5 level leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. 

Research interests

James's current research interests are:

  • The reliability and validity of sports science testing equipment
  • Football specific testing and training
  • Critical power and the power-duration relationship
  • Cycling performance
  • Training science

James is currently supervising two PhD students.


A full list of James's published works can be found on his Pure profile.

James has reviewed articles for several peer-reviewed journals, including: 

  • Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism
  • International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology
  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise
  • Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Calculating Critical Power and the Finite Work Capacity from a Single All-out Cycling Test , Solent University

1 Sept 201410 Dec 2018

Award Date: 11 Mar 2019

PGCL&TinHE, University of Winchester

1 Sept 20111 Jun 2013

Master, MSc Sports Performance , University of Portsmouth

1 Sept 20061 Jun 2008

Bachelor, BSc Sports Science, University of Portsmouth

1 Sept 20011 Jun 2004


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