Dr. Phillip Gray

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton C718

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Current positions

Teaching and Learning Fellow in Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine


Phillip is a Teaching and Learning Fellow on the BSc Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine. Phillip has developed and leads the delivery of the behaviour change and research methods modules on the programme. At postgraduate level, Phillip teaches on the MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology programme, specifically qualitative research methodologies, and behaviour change. Phillip has a keen interest in research informed and innovative teaching practices, and has been awarded the Salford Community for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Scholarship for the embedding and delivery of community-based experiential learning for level 4 students. Phillip is also a dissertation supervisor, a PhD supervisor, and admissions tutor.

Phillip completed a PhD in Exercise Psychology in 2016. Specifically, this investigated the promotion and maintenance of physical activity among older adults, using psychological theory and behaviour change techniques. The PhD also explored physical activity compensatory behaviours and the development and validation of a scale to measure these behaviours.

Phillip has held positions as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester where he helped develop a theory-based physical activity programme for individuals with psoriasis, and as an Analyst at the Greater Manchester Sports Partnership, where he undertook research projects to promote the health and wellbeing of Greater Manchester residents. Phillip also undertakes research and data analysis for local authorities and county sports partnerships across England, helping to identify inactive cohorts and inform service delivery.


  • Monitoring Health and Lifestyle Interventions in Practice (L4)
  • Evaluating Contemporary Developments in Applied Settings (L4)
  • Healthy Behaviour and Promoting Change (L5)
  • Developing the Researcher (L5)
  • Encouraging the Self-Management of Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours (L7)
  • Research Methods for Clinical Exercise Sciences (L7)

Research Interests

  • Behaviour change
  • Psychological theory
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Compensatory behaviours

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Loughborough University
  • MSc Physical Activity and Population Health (Distinction), Ulster University
  • PhD Exercise Psychology, Ulster University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy