Gavin Devereux

Favourite Thing: PASTRY!! (perhaps slightly off topic though). Another: To ask questions – just like you(!) – and then conduct research studies to attempt to answer those questions. It’s always exciting to investigate things when there are no existing answers to a question. You can be one of the first people to know the answer!



Aylesford School in Warwick (1995 to 1999)


Canterbury Christ Church University: PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science.

Work History:

Before my current post, I’ve lectured at universities in Dundee and Canterbury.


University Campus Suffolk

Current Job:

Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exericse Science

Me and my work

I research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after physical activity), specifically looking at the cardiovascular system.

My Typical Day

A working day is a mix of lecturing to students, and then being in the laboratory, either teaching students practical skills or collecting data for research studies.

What I'd do with the money

To buy a some laboratory items that would be excellent for school and/or college visits.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Understanding, calm and friendly.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Currently, I don’t know. When I was at secondary school, Oasis were at their peak, and I was obsessed! I remember scheduling a doctors appointment on a school day morning, on purpose, so I could go to Woolworths first thing to buy one of their albums released on that day (I’m not advocating bunking off school :-).

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Being a part of the first 19 months of my daughter’s life (a bit cheesy, sorry, but it’s true).

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. Be a good dad and husband, 2. Generally enjoy things – including family and friends, and 3. Be good at what I do in my working life.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I originally wanted to be an engineer and work in Formula 1 motor racing. I completed a 4 year apprenticeship with Mercedes Benz high performance engines (McLaren F1 team engines), but decided it wasn’t actually a career for me.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes – when I was nervous, I always used to find it difficuly not to laugh/giggle. Therefore, if the class was being told off for something, I’d giggle and get the blame.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Probably shared between achieving my PhD and having my research published.

Tell us a joke.

JIMMY CARR: “A lady with a clipboard stopped me in the street the other day. She said, can you spare a few minutes for Cancer Research? I said, all right, but we’re not going to get much done.”