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Dr Andy Siddall

Research Fellow - Occupational Performance Research Group

A.Siddall@chi.ac.uk

I am a Research Fellow in the Occupational Performance Research Group (OPRG). My roles and responsibilities centre around conducting research for the group, including study design and planning, data collection and analysis, and writing of resultant scientific and technical reports. The aims of OPRG are to delivery research and consultancy to enhance performance in physically demanding occupations. I am currently working on a project developing physical employment standards for the British Army’s Non-Ground Close Combat roles and contributing to other government-funded projects relating to capability standards, occupational demands and the use of physical activity monitoring technologies in occupational environments. I supervise two Ph.D. students and have taught on the Public Health MSc. Programme. I currently represent contract researchers on both the Research and Innovation Committee and the Institute of Sport Research Group.

Professional

Education:

2013, Ph.D. Exercise Physiology and Health, University of Bath

2008, B.Sc. (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, University of Bath

Teaching:

Lectures/Seminars in Public Health MSc. Module: Measurements in Physical Activity and Public Health

Has previously lectured in fundamental human physiology, exercise physiology, physical activity and health

University Committees/ Responsibilities:

Representative for Contract Researchers on the University Research and Innovation Committee

Representative for Contract Researchers on the Institute of Sport Research Group

Professional activities, roles and memberships:

External organisation roles

 

Publications

Research and scholarly output:

Siddall, A., Bilzon, J., Thompson, D., Tauler, P. Greeves, J., Izard. R., Stokes, K. (2019). Smoking and Biochemical, Performance and Muscle Adaptation to Military Training. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002224.

Siddall, A., Powell, S., Needham-Beck, S., Edwards, V., Thompson, J., Kefyalew, S., Singh, P., Orford, E., Venables, M., Jackson, S., Greeves, J., Blacker, S., Myers, S. (2019). Validity of energy expenditure estimation methods during 10 days of military training. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine in Science & Sports. DOI: 10.1111/sms.13488.

Stevenson, R., Siddall, A., Turner, P., Bilzon, J. (2019). Validity and test-retest reliability of a firefighter fitness simulation test. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001583.

Siddall, A., Stevenson, R., Turner P., Bilzon J. (2018) Physical and physiological performance determinants of a firefighting simulation test. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001313.

Stevenson, R., Siddall, A., Turner, P., Bilzon, J. (2017). Physical employment standards for UK firefighters: Minimum muscular strength and endurance requirements. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000926.

Siddall, A., Bilzon, J., Thompson, D., Greeves, J., Izard, R., Stokes, K. (2017). Smoking status and changes in physical fitness during initial military training. Occupational Medicine. DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqx006.

Siddall, A., Stevenson, R., Turner P., Stokes K., Bilzon J. (2016). Development of role-related minimum cardiorespiratory fitness standards for firefighters and commanders. Ergonomics. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1135997.

Robinson, M., Siddall, A., Bilzon, J., Thompson, D., Greeves, J., Izard, R., Stokes, K. (2016). Low fitness, low body mass and prior injury risk during military recruit training: a prospective cohort study in the British Army. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2015-000100.

Research

Research Interests:

My work has centred on occupational and environmental physiology within physically demanding occupations, but I have also examined the impact of lifestyle factors on health and injury risk. My current research examines capability standards for determining safe and effective work for different British Army roles. My previous projects have evaluated physical demands, energy balance and injury risk in military training populations and compared the use of various physical activity monitoring tools in free-living military environments. Specifically, within these projects, I have analysed research questions related to physical demands analysis; occupational physical employment standard setting; health and injury epidemiology; and oxidative, inflammatory and hormonal responses to cigarette smoking, training and exercise. I have collaborated with academic and non-academic organisations, specifically working on projects funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and UK Fire & Rescue Service, and presented work at international scientific conferences.  

 

Experience of research supervision:

  • Supervisor to two current Ph.D. students
  • Coordinated the research programmes of two part-time Ph.D. students to submission
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Research Examinations:

  • None

 

Consultancy:

  • Summary of any consultancy or income generation activities

  

Public engagement:

  • Attended and presented at numerous international conference in the fields of exercise science and occupational and environmental physiology in addition to presenting to, and writing technical reports for, collaborative partners and funders.

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