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Jonathan Hughes

Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Jonathan Hughes

Room: M402


+44 (0) 1978 293459


Jonathan is a senior lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc Sport Coaching for Participation and Performance Development and BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science.

After serving seven years with the Royal Marines, Jonathan gained a wide range of experience employed across several industry sectors: sport, fitness and recreation, training and security. This included setting up and managing his own fitness club business 1989 – 2003. After selling the business, he returned to Higher Education as a mature student studying BSc (Hons) Sports Science 2004-7. Following successful completion of his PGCE in 2010, he joined the SES staff team lecturing on the Sport Coaching Programme. During this time he developed his research interests and completed his MPhil (2017) investigating the fundamental skills necessary for self- defence training.

Jonathan is a Black belt 5th Dan in Ju Jutsu and has been an active triathlete since 1984, completing six Ironman distance events including New Zealand 1992 most recently IM France 2011.

Hobbies include adventure travel, real ale sampling and world cuisine.

BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Exercise Therapy and Rehabilitation)



Conference Proceedings

Hughes, J. and Donovan T. (2007). Fighting Fit: Fitness assessment for injury prevention in Ju-jitsu. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Chichester, UK

Self- defence training for special population groups.
Performance development and training for challenging and hostile environments.
Endurance activities.