Dr Anwen Rees


Physiology​ and Health Lecturer

Telephone number: 029 2041 7244
Email address: amjones@cardiffmet.ac.uk​


Anwen is a Welsh medium physiology and health lecturer funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Anwen joined the school as a lecturer in September 2012 after complet​ing a PhD funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, looking at the prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors in adolescents. Anwen has a key role as module leader of Welsh medium physiology and health modules and delivers these across all undergraduate levels. Anwen also plays a key role in coordinating the marketing of the Welsh medium education provided at the Cardiff School of Sport. ​


Research / Publications

My research interests are within paediatric health, specifically physical activity levels, diet and obesity levels of children and links of risk factors to future disease. Other research interests are looking at ways of promoting healthy living and also physical literacy throughout childhood.

List of Publications

Charlton, R., Gravenor, M.B., Rees, A., Knox, G., Hill, R., Rahman, M.A., Jones, K., Christian, D., Baker, J., Stratton, G. and Brophy, S. (2013) Factors associated with fitness in children aged 11-13 years - A mixed methods approach. BMC Public Health, 14 (764)

Knox, G., Baker, J.S., Davies, B., Rees, A., Morgan, K., Cooper, S.M., Brophy, S. and Thomas, N. E. (2012) Effects of a novel school-based cross-curricular physical activity intervention on cardiovascular disease risk factors in 11 to 14-year-olds: The Activity Knowledge Circuit. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27 (2): 75-83

Brophy, S., Rees, A., Knox, G., Baker, J. and Thomas, N.E. (2012) Child fitness and father's BMI are important factors in childhood obesity: A school based Cross-sectional study. PLoS One, 7(5): e36597

Boddy, L.M., Thomas, N.E., Fairclough, S.J., Tolfrey, K., Brophy, S., Rees, A., Knox, G., Baker, J.S. and Stratton, G. (2012) ROC generated thresholds for the field-assessed cardiorespiratory fitness related to body size and cardiometabolic risk in schoolchildren. PLoS One, 7(9): e45755

Rees, A., Thomas, N., Brophy, S., Knox, G. and Williams, R (2009) Cross sectional study of childhood obesity and prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in children aged 11-13. BMC Public Health, 9: 86

Knox, G., Baker, J.S., Davies, B., Faulkner, S., Rance, J., Rees, A., Morgan, K., Thomas, N (2009) A cross-curricular physical activity intervention to combat cardiovascular disease risk factors in 11-14 year olds: 'Activity Knowledge Circuit'. BMC Public Health, 9: 466

Teaching and Supervision

I am the module leader for Cyflwyniad I Wyddor Chwaraeon ac Ymarfer Corff (Introduction to Sport and Exercise science SSP4912), Ffisioleg a chwaraeon 2 (Exercise Physiology SSP5957) and Ffisioleg a Chwaraeon 3 (Advanced Exercise Physiology SSP6955). I also teach on Physical Activity, Health and Special Populations (SSP5061), Athletics (SSP6068) and the postgraduate module Paediatric Exercise Science and Health (SSP7012). I am a level 5 personal tutor and supervise dissertations at undergraduate level.

PhD supervision – Lowri Edwards.
Co-supervise with Dr Anna Bryant and Dr Kevin Morgan.  
The Effectiveness Of A Physical Literacy Intervention Delivered To Welsh Medium Primary School Teachers On Pupils’ Physical Literacy

Qualifications and Awards

PgC Teaching in Higher Education
PhD Prevalence and Clustering of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Welsh Adolescents (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2012)
MSc Distinction (Hons) Exercise Physiology (Loughborough University, 2008)
BSc first class (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Loughborough University, 2006)
Central YMCA Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Level 2)

External Links

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External  examining and other work with external bodies, institutions, etc.

Sporting / Coaching Profile

Welsh Senior Athletics International (2000-2009)
Welsh Champion 400m Hurdles (2000-2007)
Welsh Athletics Team Captain (2005-2007)
British Universities Champion 400m Hurdles (2006)
British Universities Medalist 400m Hurdles and 4x400m (2003-2007)
Captain of Loughborough Athletics Team (2006)
Great Britain International (2005)