Derek Ball

Favourite Thing: finding out new things that are related to how the human body works



Dean Grammar School, Bolton


BSc Sport Science, Manchester Metropolitan University; PhD Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Work History:

University of St Andrews, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Aberdeen


Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh)

Current Job:

Programme Director for Sport and Exercise Science

Me and my work

My work is linked to diet, exercise and health

My Typical Day

I check with my students about current projects we are running and usually spend some time reading up on the latest research.

What I'd do with the money

We could put an interactive heart pump display into the National Museum of Scotland.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

approachable, thorough, creative

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

A scientist, they have a much longer careers and are less prone to injuries

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

mind reading, very good power to have if you’re playing squash!

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

1500m, it is the blue riband event on the track and I used to run middle distance when I was a student

What did you want to be after you left school?

I couldn’t really decide between dentistry and an engineer, as it is I have ended up doing neither

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, but that was a long time ago

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

I have had the opportunity to travel to several countries, the last place was Iceland in January.

Tell us a joke.

Q. What’s pink and fluffy? A. Pink Fluff Q.What’s pink, fluffy and blue? A. Pink fluff holding its breath