Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)
An Aberdeen alumni Derek Ball completed his PhD at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine in medical sciences focussing on the effect of diet on acid-base balance and exercise capacity. His first Post-doctoral post was at the Gatty Marine Laboratory (University of St Andrews) examining the effect of temperature on muscle function in the marine species Myoxcephalus Scorpius. His next post (post-doctoral fellow then senior lecturer) at Manchester Metropolitan University required him to set up the Molecular Biology facitilites with the Department of Sport Science. Derek returned to Aberdeen University (2001-2005) as a lecturer in Human Physiology and Biochemistry on the newly established Sport Science degree. Derek was Associate Professor in Applied and Integrative Physiology at Heriot-Watt University (2006-2017) where he held the roles of Director of Sport and Exercise Science and was the Post-graduate Director of Studies for Human Health and Disease. He was a member of Senate at Heriot-Watt (2014-2017) a member of undergraduate studies committee (2011-2014) and chair of the exam and award boards for the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering.
Derek's role as the Head of Sport Science at the University of Aberdeen is to integrate the degree programs in Sport Science with University Sport. This unique collaboration provides the Sport Science students first-hand experience of providing Sport Science support for University Sport and is one of the platforms that enables the University athletes to achieve their full potential. Derek has worked with International level athletes in Track and Field athletics, judo, weight lifting, and netball. More recently he has worked with the Scottish Football Association on their SFA Performance School development program.