Personal profile


Chris graduated from the University of Glamorgan with a First class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Following his graduation, he was awarded a prestigious JPR Williams Research Scholarship at the same institution, which allowed him to work towards an MPhil in Exercise Physiology. In 2012, Chris began working towards his PhD entitled “Cardiorespiratory fitness and its impact on cerebrovascular function: link to cognition”, which he completed in 2016.

He was appointed as Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at The University of South Wales in 2015 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. Between January and March 2023, he was appointed as Head of Subject for Sport on an interim basis.

Chris has also:
- Lectured at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he contributed to the Exercise Physiology, as well as the Physical Activity, Health and Special Population modules.
- Facilitated the delivery of two multi-site, randomised control trials, which were funded by the National Institute of Social Care and Health Research Cymru and led by Cardiff University. The trials aimed to assess the feasibility and potential functional benefits of physical activity (Engage-HD) and structured exercise training (ExeRT-HD) in patients diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition Huntington’s disease.
- Acted as the Stroke Research Coordinator for the Older People and Ageing Research Network Cymru situated within Swansea University, where he was responsible for facilitating new and developing existing innovative collaborations in stroke research in Wales.

Teaching interests

Chris is course leader for:
MSc Sport, Health & Exercise Science

Chris is module leader for the following modules:
Exercise Physiology (SR4S043)
Maximising Human Performance (SR4S064; Joint module leader)
Exercise Physiology III (SR3S14)
Environmental Physiology (SR3S07)
Exercise Physiology I (SR1S49)

Chris also contributes to the following modules:
Research Project (SR4T001)
Dissertation (SR3D005)

Research interests

1. Physical activity and diet as a means of preserving brain health.
2. Head injuries in sport.
3. Factors that influence oxygen delivery to the brain.

Research website:

Research twitter handle: @USW_Oxygen

Personal twitter handle: @Dr_CJMarley


Other Interests

Professional Memberships
Physiological Society.
American College of Sports Medicine.
Peer-review Activities
Experimental Physiology.
Frontiers Neurology

Grant Applications
University of South Wales Strategic Research and Impact Grant: £15,000
Physiological Society Travel Grant, 2011-2012, 2014-2016 and 2018-2019.
International Union of Physiological Sciences Travel Grant, Birmingham, 2013.
JPR Williams Research Scholarship recipient, 2010.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training, Diverse Trainers

Award Date: 30 Aug 2017

PgCert in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education

Award Date: 12 Dec 2016

PhD, Cardiorespiratory Fitness and its Impact on Cerebrovascular Function Across the Lifespan; Link to Cognition

Award Date: 7 Nov 2016

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Award Date: 22 Jun 2010


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