Gail Sheppard is the Academic Group Leader for the Public Health Team within the School of Allied and Public Health Professions in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care. She is a senior lecturer and her special interests are in physical activity and health; the link between sedentary behaviour and physical and mental health and wellbeing and physical activity in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Whilst studying for her undergraduate degree, Gail worked as a personal trainer and tennis and fitness coach and went on to manage a health and fitness club. Prior to working in academia, Gail worked for many years as an exercise physiologist within the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at Kent Community Health Care Trust, designing and delivering rehabilitation programmes for cardiac patients.
Gail holds a BSc in Sport Science and Marketing, a MSc in Exercise Science and a Master of Public Health Degree. She is currently undertaking a PhD project focusing on sedentary behaviour in the workplace; ‘Expecting to Sit’: Sitting at work: an exploration of the social construction and maintenance of occupational sitting within a University setting.
Gail completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE) in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Teaching and subject expertise
Gail currently teaches and module leads the Level 6 module on Physical Activity and Health on the BSc Public Health and Health Promotion and at Level 7 the module Essentials of Global Epidemiology(MSc Global Public Health).
Gail also carries out supervision of postgraduate dissertations.
Gail has been a member of the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) since 2009 and served on the Executive Team as the Scientific Officer 2011 – 2015, chairing the conferences in Edinburgh (2012), Solihull (2013) and Derry, N.I. (2014). Recently she co-edited the BACPR’s 2ndEdition of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation in Practiceguidelines.
Publications and research outputs
Jones, J., Buckley, J., Furze, G. and Sheppard, G. (eds) (2020). Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation in Practice, 2ndEdition. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK.
Sheppard, G. and Meadows, S. (2016). Physical Activity for Cardiac Rehabilitation. In: Scott, A. and Gidlow, C. (eds). Clinical Exercise Science. Routledge: Abingdon, UK.
Sheppard, G. and Furze, G. (2012).BACPR Response to the RAMIT trial: summary of editorials and letters.