National Teaching Fellow 2010
'Roger Eston is a champion for the education of students and an exceptional advocate for research led teaching.' (Deputy Vice Chancellor for Education, University of Exeter).
Over the last five years as Head of the School of Sport and Health Sciences, Roger's leadership and personal touch have been instrumental in establishing the quality of the student learning experience to be among the top three in the UK (National Student Survey 2007-09), one year achieving the accolade of best student experience of any subject. Prior to Exeter, Roger was Professor and Head of Sports Science at Bangor University for five years, during which time the School received the highest accolade ('exemplary') for teaching and learning in the QAA audit.
From a background of teaching physical education and science, his career has involved teaching teachers in the UK and Hong Kong; leading and developing national accreditation procedures and teaching sports science and physiology to a wide range of students (BSc to PhD). He was student-centred well before it became popular. He has supervised 23 PhDs and externally examined 30 others. In recognition of his contributions, he has received a University of Exeter Teaching Fellowship Award.
A world leading researcher and internationally respected academic in sport and exercise science, with over 160 academic papers, Roger is in high demand to examine or provide advice on academic programmes in the UK and internationally. He has been a key adviser on various panels at the leading sports science institutions in the UK and Hong Kong.
Roger's drive and enthusiasm, ability to create and contribute to novel learning experiences, willingness to learn and apply new technologies and commitment to deliver the best to students have made him an inspirational teacher. His laboratory manual, now in its third edition (Routledge's top selling sports science text), was developed as a key resource for students and teachers. Rated ten out of ten in a recent external review, it is used as a standard text around the world because of its commanding clarity and scholarship.
Professor of Human Physiology
University of Exeter