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Dr Andy Pringle


About Dr Andy Pringle

Andy Pringle is a Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health and is the Research and Enterprise Lead for Physical Activity. He performs teaching and research into the effectiveness of physical activity and health interventions with adults and older adults. He was previously a Senior Health Promotion Specialist working in Primary care and Community settings. he makes a contribution to physical activity policy and practice through a number of international organisations and projects with a responsibility for public health and physical activity.

Andy led the £3.2 m National Evaluation of the Department of Health’s Local Exercise Action Pilots, and the £1.6m Premier League Men’s Health project, a National Evaluation of Men's Health interventions in 16 Premier League football clubs. He also led a team of colleagues auditing the impact of football-led health improvement schemes in football community trusts. He is involved in researching the impact of health improvement interventions in Spanish Football Clubs and mental health interventions in football community trusts. He has also been involved in the evaluation of a range of physical activity interventions across the UK.

Andy supports a number of colleagues in conducting their own research investigating the impact of physical activity interventions.

Current Teaching

  • Level 7: Public Health Intervention and Evaluation
  • PhD Supervision: (Current Students)
    • Katie Pickering: The effectiveness of the NHS Couch to 5K App.
    • James Jagroo: Development of a framework for physical activity promotion through exercise referral schemes.
    • Kathryn Brook: The effectiveness of physical activity interventions for ‘hard-to-reach women.
    • Alison Morby: Developing guidance for sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity in people with dementia.
    • Rachel Fox: Stimulating and increasing physical activity in people in the last stages of dementia, vs. slowing the course of the disease.
    • Stephen Zwolinsky: Physical activity and health intervention: Inferences and implications for participants, practitioners

Research Interests

Andy has made a sustained and significant contribution to physical activity policy and practice at national and international levels. Recently been appointed to the Review of the Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Recommendations. During 2018, he will be working on one of the six Expert Working Groups in the area of Implementation and Surveillance, alongside international experts in the field as part of the eight strong team.

Andy is also 'Topic Expert' (physical activity) on the Public Health Advisory Committee of NICE on Exercise Referral. He has recently taken up a three year appointment as an ' Expert Advisor' to the NICE Centre for Guidelines. This role involves: Giving advice – for example on the impact of new evidence in relation to updating the NICE guidance; Participating in committees as a topic specialist member; and, Performing peer reviews – for example reviewing a component of the guideline such as an evidence review. Andy has contributed to NICE topic selection workshops, including Sedentary Behaviour, Physical Activity following the Diagnosis of Cancer and Physical Activity in the Workplace.

Andy is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and and has been trained on Intervention Mapping at the University of Maastricht. Andy has reviewed funding bids for a number of National funding bodies including Health and Care Research Wales and the Office for the Chief Scientist of Scotland, Mitacs (Canada), as well as number of major national charities that fund health research. Recent journal reviewing includes The Lancet, BMJ Open, BMC Public Health, Health Promotion International, Health Education Research, Public Health and Health Education. Andy has performed a wide range of service roles. He has been a Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee and a member of the University Research Ethics Sub-Committee. He has extensive experience acting as a Local Research Ethics Coordinator.

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