Dr Ben Duncan


Course Leader for MSc Applied Sports Science and Lecturer (Teaching) in Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: benedict.duncan@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542920

room number: BN G005

Ben joined the University of Worcester in December 2016 after completing his BSc Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (2010) and being awarded his PhD at the University of Brighton (2017). Ben’s PhD entitled 'The metabolic effects of acute and prolonged hypoxia' examined the potential use of hypoxia (altitude) as a preventative and treatment tool for metabolic disorders, namely obesity.

Whilst studying for his doctorate Ben worked as a research assistant, technical instructor and visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton on the Sport and Exercise Science BSc and MSc courses. Ben also lectured at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on the Health and Exercise Science course and at Sussex Downs College on a range of Foundation degree courses.

Ben has a particular interest in environmental physiology and endurance performance and has provided support to a variety of athletes. Support for individuals undertaking ultra-challenges including the North Pole marathon, the Marathon de Sables and the Jungle Marathon were of particular interest, as was working with endurance athletes from Sussex County England Athletics and power athletes in the sports of Team Gym and British Bobsleigh.

Outside of work Ben enjoys distance running and following AFC Wimbledon.


  • PhD - The metabolic effects of acute and prolonged hypoxia, University of Brighton (2017)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Brighton (2010)

Teaching & Research

Current Teaching:

Level 4 (1st Year Undergraduate)

  • HLST1001 Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle
  • SPRT1007 Introduction to the Scientific Study of Sport
  • SPRT1025 Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise

Level 5 (2nd Year Undergraduate)

  • SPRT2049 Scientific Analysis of Sport Coaching

Level 6 (3rd Year Undergraduate)

  • SPRT3015 Physiological Support of The Elite Athlete

Research Interests:

The impact of environmental extremes on metabolic parameters.

The regulation of energy balance and the impact of appetite and taste.

Factors affecting endurance performance.

Professional Bodies

BASES member


Academic Publications:

Gibson, O.R. Richardson, A.J. Hayes, M. Duncan, B. Maxwell, N.S. (2014) Prediction of physiological responses and performance at altitude using the 6MWT in normoxia and hypoxia. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

Richardson, A.J. Maxwell, N.S. Hayes, M. Gibson, O.R. Duncan, B. (2014) Learning Through Adventure. The Sport and Exercise Scientist. 41, 18-19.

Conference Proceedings:

Duncan, B. Richardson, A.J. Watt, P.W. (2015) Metabolic responses to acute hypoxia and moderate intensity normoxic exercise in humans. In. European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Malmö, Sweden 24th 27th June 2015.

Duncan, B. Richardson, A.J. Watt, P.W. (2014) An 18 day sojourn to 3,400m alters body mass, energy expenditure, fuel utilisation and taste sensation in healthy human participants. In. Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society (BMRES) Altitude Research Conference, 22nd November.

Duncan, B. Richardson, A.J. Watt, P.W. (2012) Effect of hypoxic exposure and physical activity on fat metabolism, body composition and weight loss in humans. In. Chelsea School Exhibition, University of Brighton, May 2012.

Duncan, B. Richardson, A.J. Watt, P.W. (2011) The Chair Lift to Weight Loss The effect of hypoxic physiology on weight loss in overweight and obese populations. In. University of Brighton Research Poster Competition, April 2011.

Duncan, B. Richardson, A.J. (2010). The effect of intermittent hypoxic exposure and hydration status on a self-paced 3,000m time trial. In. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) student conference, Aberystwyth University 2010.