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Personal profile


Neale joined the University of Roehampton in September 2010 and is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Life Sciences. Prior to this, Neale has held roles as programme director for BSc Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Psychology programmes (2016-2019), Acting Head of the Sport and Exercise Science Reserach Unit (2013-2014), Senior Lecturer (2013-present), Lecturer (2010-2013), and visiting researcher at Loughborough University (2012). Neale completed his PhD in Neuromuscular Function at Loughborough University (2007-2010), his MSc in Human Movement at the University of Western Australia (2006), and his BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University (2001-2004).



PhD, Neuromuscular Function 2007-2011, Loughborough University

M.Sc., Human Movement; 2006-2007, University of Western Australia

B.Sc. (Hons), Sport and Exercise Science; 2001-2004, University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Neale mainly studies the neuromechanics of human skeletal-muscle strength in-vivo, with a particular interest in explosive muscle strength - the ability to rapidly produce force, which is functionally important in daily movement and sports performance. Neale's work also assessess how these factors are affected by training, disuse, limb amputation, injury, and heat. Neale employs a range of laboratory techniques in his research, including dynamometry, electromyography, electrical stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, ultrasonography and mathematical modelling. Neale is also leading research into the application of the critical power model of endurance performance to team sport activity for the purposes of monitoring player fitness and workload. If you are interested in completing a PhD with Neale please contact neale.tillin@roehampton.ac.uk

Research projects

  • Application of critical power modelling to team sport (STATSport sponsored project)
  • The neuromechanics of rapid muscle force production (PhD, Federico Castelli)
  • The effects of hyperthermia on neuromuscular function (PhD, Ralph Gordon)
  • The effects of disuse on quadriceps muscle strength and neuromuscular function, in individuals with unilateral transtibial amputees (completed PhDs, Amy Sibley and Sarah Moudy)

Professional affiliations

  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • European College of Sport Science
  • Physiological Society


Neale contributes to the teaching of neuromusculoskeletal function, muscle physiology, and athletic training on a number of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.


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