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A top Higher Education award has been presented to a Shrewsbury Professor for his work to help office workers avoid health problems.

Prof John Buckley was yesterday (June 3, 2015) handed The Educate - North Research Project of the Year Award for highlighting the benefits of standing desks.

The award comes in the same week that first ever UK guidance was published to curb the health risks of sitting for long periods, produced by an international group of eight experts including Prof Buckley.

The Awards celebrate the outstanding teams, people and initiatives of Further and Higher Education institutions.

Prof Buckley, who lives in the Shrewsbury area, has been contributing to the development of the University Centre Shrewsbury curriculum as part of the University of Chester academic support team.

The Professor will lecture in Sports Medicine, Health and Exercise Science at the institution from September. He will be based in the Institute of Medicine, which delivers programmes working closely with clinical colleagues.

Prof Buckley said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award. The research aims to support office staff and employers to create more active working environments; it’s great to be recognised for the work to date.”

The University of Chester received further accolades at the Awards ceremony. Dr Neil Pickles from the University of Chester was presented with the Lecturer of the Year Award, the Chester Students' Union won the Student Union of the Year Award and its Sustainability Unit was handed the Environment Award.

The Awards event took place in Manchester yesterday (June 3, 2015).

For further information on the Awards go to www.educatethenorth.com

More information on Prof Buckley and his research is available at www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk/news/renowned-shropshire-based-professor-join-university-centre-shrewsbury-academic-team

For more details about University Centre Shrewsbury go to www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk

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