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Dr Garry Tew

Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences/Director of Enterprise and Engagement

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Following several years working in the fitness industry, Garry moved into Higher Education by completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sport and exercise science and exercise physiology, respectively.

 Garry Lew 3Following several years working in the fitness industry, Garry moved into Higher Education by completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sport and exercise science and exercise physiology, respectively.

Garry held research positions at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of York before arriving at Northumbria in 2015, where he is now an Associate Professor in Exercise and Health Sciences. Garry is also the Director of Enterprise and Engagement for the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation and one of the leading members of Department’s “Promoting and Preserving Health and Wellbeing” research theme. He has been a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist since 2010.


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Campus Address

Northumberland Building
City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 2437556


  • FHEA 
  • CSci
  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc (Hons)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Garry’s research interests are broad, but are predominantly focussed on the role of exercise training in preventing and treating chronic diseases and disorders. He has conducted several randomised controlled trials of exercise training across several different clinical populations, including peripheral arterial disease, Crohn’s disease, obstructive sleep apnoea, and prostate cancer. Garry has published widely in this area and currently has more than 60 peer-reviewed original research articles.

Professional Activity

  • External Advisor for the Dunhill Medical Trust’s Research Grant Committee

  • Member of the Older Adults Expert Working Group for the 2018 UK Physical Activity Guideline update

Current/Recent Projects

Tew, Torgerson, Hewitt, Rapley, Tilbrook, Fairhurst, Corbacho, Howsam and Bissell, 2019-2022, ‘Individually randomised controlled multi-centre trial to determine the clinical and cost effectiveness of an adapted yoga programme for older adults with multimorbidity, including an embedded process evaluation’, National Institute for Health Research – Health Technology Assessment, Chief Investigator, £1,471,199.

Danjoux, Tew, Kothmann, Yates, Gray, Doherty, Kunonga, Bailey, Haining et al., 2017-2019, ‘Preparing For Surgery: The Community Prehabilitation and Wellbeing Project (The PREP-WELL Project)’, The Health Foundation, Co-Investigator, £100,000.

Seenan, Brittenden, Dall, Abaraogu, Godwin, Stuart, Tew, 2017-2019, ‘Pain management and patient education for physical activity in intermittent claudication (PREPAID): Feasibility randomised controlled trial’, Chief Scientist Office – Scotland, Co-Investigator, £244,085.

Bottoms, Tew, Seed, Langmead, Anderson, Carpenter and Fairhurst, 2016-2018, ‘A feasibility study of moderate and high intensity exercise training for adults with Crohn’s disease’, Crohn’s and Colitis UK, Trial Manager/Co-Investigator, £115,000.

Klonizakis, Tew, Michaels, Crank, Bell and Gumbar, 2014-2017, ‘Exploring the Feasibility of Implementing a Supervised exercise training and Compression intervention in patients with venous Ulceration (FISCU)’, National Institute of Health Research – Research for Patient Benefit, Co-Investigator, £287,135.

Danjoux, Batterham, Tew, Weston, Nawaz, Yates, Kothmann, and Kerr, 2013-2015, ‘A feasibility study of high-intensity interval exercise training before abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (HIT-AAA)’, National Institute of Health Research – Research for Patient Benefit, Co-Investigator, £245,773.

Key Publications

Tew, G.A., Ayyash, R., Durrand, J. and Danjoux, G.R. Clinical guideline and recommendations on pre-operative exercise training in patients awaiting major non-cardiac surgery. Anaesthesia. 2018, 73, 750-768.

Klonizakis, M., Tew, G.A., Gumber, A., Crank, H., King, B., Middleton, G. and Michaels, J.A. Supervised exercise training as an adjunct therapy for venous leg ulcers: a randomised controlled feasibility trial. British Journal of Dermatology. 2018, 178, 1072-1082.

Tew, G.A., Shalan, A., Jordan, A.R., Cook, L., Fairhurst, C., Coleman, E.S., Hewitt, C., Hutchins, S.W. and Thompson, A. Unloading shoes for intermittent claudication: a randomised crossover trial. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 2017, 17:283.

Tew, G.A., Batterham, A.M., Colling, K., Gray, J., Kerr, K., Kothmann, K., Nawaz, S., Weston, M., Yates, D. and Danjoux, G. Randomized feasibility trial of high-intensity interval training before elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. BJS. 104, 2017, 1791-1801.

Tew, G.A., Howsam, J. Hardy, M. and Bissell, L. Adapted yoga to improve physical function and health-related quality of life in physically-inactive older adults: A randomised controlled pilot trial. BMC Geriatrics. 2017, 17:131.

Gilbert, S.E., Tew, G.A., Fairhurst, C., Bourke, L., Saxton, J.M., Winter, E.M. and Rosario, D.J. Effects of a lifestyle intervention on endothelial function in men on long-term androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. British Journal of Cancer. 114, 2016, 401-408.

PGR Supervision

Director of studies

James Durrand. PhD topic: Facilitated, self-managed prehabilitation for major elective surgery (2018 to date)

David King. PhD topic: Effects of whey protein preloads on post-prandial glycaemia and appetite (2016 to 2018)


Katherine Jones. PhD topic: The role of exercise in people with gastrointestinal disorders (2016 to present)

Ruth Ashton. PhD topic: Resistance training in men who are being treated for prostate cancer (2015 to present)

Alan Ruddock. PhD topic: Physiological and performance effects of practical cooling strategies during prolonged exercise in a hot environment (2012 to 2017)

Stephen Gilbert. PhD thesis title: Cardiovascular health in men on androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer (2009 to 2013)

James Moss. PhD thesis title: Physiological effects of treatments in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (2009 to 2013)

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