Peter Francis

Favourite Thing: Facilitating people to think independently about science and the world they live in.



University of Limerick (2010 – 2014). The Institute of Physical Therapy & Applied Science (2010 – 2014). University of Limerick (2005 – 2009). CBS Tramore Secondary School (1999 – 2005).


PhD Exercise Science. BSc Physical Therapy. BSc Sport & Exercise Science. Irish Leaving Certificate (A-Levels Equivalent).

Work History:

Athletics Ireland. The Irish Instiute of Sport. The University of Limerick. The University of St. Mark and St. John. Coaching Ireland. The International School of Choueifat, Qatar.

Current Job:

Senior Lecturer in Sport, Health and Rehabilitation Science.


Leeds Beckett University.

Me and my work

I investigate the role of exercise in health and ageing and also seek to understand the factors which affect sports performance and sports injury.

My Typical Day

I lecture degree and masters students studying the science behind sport and exercise therapy and sports medicine. I also conduct research studies in these areas.

What I'd do with the money

If I was to win the competition, and hopefully I will! I would use the money to fund a community engagement event at the University to showcase our students work.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, motivated, curious.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Florence and the machine.

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Inter-railing around France and Spain with friends.

What did you want to be after you left school?

A sport and exercise scientist.

Were you ever in trouble at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

My PhD.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I started running aged 16 and became really curious as to how my fitness was improving.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A sports journalist.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To remain healthy enough to live life to the full. To have a family who are happy. To run a sub 3 hour marathon.

Tell us a joke.

They say you are what you eat. So I bought some ready to eat peaches. And I was ready to eat peaches.

Other stuff

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