After graduating from BU in 2016, Louise was offered a research position at the Orthopaedic Research Institute (ORI) where she was involved in conducting world-leading research in arthritis management.

Alongside this role, she completed a part-time PhD, investigating neuromuscular electrical stimulation to improve recovery from hip replacement surgery.

Louise has co-authored 26 published research papers and collaborated with several notable industry partners including the NHS and BH Live Active, to help improve patient care locally and globally. After completing her PhD, she was offered a teaching role in Sport and Exercise Science and has since been promoted to a Lecturer. This year, she was awarded a Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her contribution to teaching and learning at BU.

Louise says: “My undergraduate studies at BU provided me with a wealth of knowledge in sports science and skills in conducting research, that enabled me competently to fulfil my role at ORI, complete my PhD, and apply for a Lectureship. Furthermore, my undergraduate dissertation, specific to arthritis in rugby players, supported my application for employment at ORI. I am very grateful for my time spent studying at BU and would not have the career I have today without it. “


Name: Louise Burgess
Age: 29
Job role: Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science
Organisation: Bournemouth University
Course studied: BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences / Doctor of Philosophy - Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
Graduated: 2016 and 2023

What their colleagues say

Louise joined the Sport and Exercise Science team from the Orthopaedic Research Institute in October 2022, after completing her PhD. Louise’s academic and professional experience allowed her to integrate seamlessly into the teaching team, delivering lectures, seminars and lab sessions in Physiology, Biomechanics and Research Methods. Louise’s institutional experience has supported her ability to deliver high-quality education and student support, given her own experience of studying at BU.”

Dr Matthew Armstrong – Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University