What we do

The Sport Ethics, Integrity and Governace research group grew out of the Elite Sport group in ASTEM and became an independent entity in 2018.  Its growth was predicated on the successful award of 3M euros from the European Commission in 2016 to launch the world’s first MA in the field of sports ethics and integrity, as lead partner with 5 other European Universities (Charles University, Prague; Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz; KU Leuven, Belgium; Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, University of the Peloponnese, Greece).

We conduct high level scholarship and research into conceptual and ethical problems in sports practices and institutions. Our work spans philosophical explorations of the nature of sport and ethical problems therein, to applied multi disciplinary work on policies and practices such as anti doping, athletes’ rights, match fixing, gender eligility rules, technology polices, and problems at the intersection of sport, engineering and medicine.  

Examples of ethics, integrity and governance advice, research and consultancy in collaboration with and for key sport organisations include British Gymnastics, the European Athletes Association, the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation, Sport Wales, UK Anti Doping, UK Sport the World Anti Doping Agency; and World Athletics.

Improving anti-doping education

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Academics have led internationally recognised research that has contributed significantly to national and international approaches to catch or deter athletes from doping.