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Anglia Ruskin University
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Anglia Ruskin University became a Para-Monte Partner, through a signed memorandum of understanding, led by Sport and Exercise Science lecturer Dr Ash Willmott

Since his arrival he has carried out his charity involvement, encouraging and inspiring  students and colleagues alike.

Ash has developed the Para-Monte funded research programme and expanded the partnership to involve the appointment of Dr Justin Roberts and Alicia Diment…as well as volunteer students to take part in the charity’s Altitude Illnesses research.

Translating Research for Para-Monte to Raise Awareness about Altitude Illnesses

Through the recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Para-monte, as led by Dr Ash Willmott, more than 30 undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the School of Psychology and Sport Science at ARU have volunteered their time to produce some amazing pieces of work for the altitude awareness charity, Para-Monte's new website.

These have been produced as part of the on-going partnership between ARU and Para-Monte to;

  1. Raise awareness about altitude illnesses.
  2. Provide necessary education, training and research.
  3. Prepare individuals before they head off for an expedition, challenge and trek in mountainous regions of the world (e.g. Nepal - Himalayas - Peru- Kilimanjaro).
Phase 1 saw the students work incredibly hard and spent their time reading key texts and research papers, and then synthesised and translated this knowledge into lay summaries for the general public to use.

This Is part of ARU's wider “Learning through Experience” project, led by ARU staff (Drs Ash Willmott and Justin Roberts) and senior student ambassadors (Alicia Diment). Initial student feedback has been really positive so far, and has helped inform their wider learning and knowledge of altitude exposure.

  • “What a privilege it is to be a part of this wonderful charity! I’m very chuffed and grateful to be involved in promoting the awareness of acute mountain sickness.”
  • “Producing a research summary helps my studying and learning ability, as well as helping the public to understand research better.”

ARU and Para-Monte will continue this new partnership going into 2021 with numerous experimental studies planned and educational lectures to be provided to the student cohort and wider community.

For further information please contact Dr Ash Willmott (

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The Team

Dr Ash Willmott

Dr Ash Willmott is a Sport and Exercise Science Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). Ash is an accredited Sport and Exercise Physiologist and Chartered Scientist  (C.Sci) with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and a member of the Environmental Extremes Laboratory (EEL) at the University of Brighton and the Physiological Society.

Ash has over 9 years’ experience in Sport and Exercise Physiology, and specialises in the sensitivity and adaptation to extreme environmental conditions, specifically heat stress and altitude. He has undertaken many studies involving the acute and chronic heat alleviation strategies, which have translated into support for elite level ultra-runners for the Marathon des Sables and English Institute of Sport for Tokyo 2021 preparations.

Ash has worked closely with Para-Monte for the past four years, and is continuing his commitment with ongoing educational talks and research into the susceptibility to acute mountain sickness within a range of populations. He is also leading the “Learning through Experience” project between ARU and Para-Monte, by translating research and knowledge to the wider community.

Dr Justin Roberts

Justin is an Associate Professor in Exercise and Health Nutrition at the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CCSES), Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

Justin is an accredited Sport and Exercise Physiologist with the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Chartered Scientist (C.Sci) and current BASES Laboratory Director.

He is also a Registered Nutritional Therapist with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

With over 25 years applied experience across a range of sports and levels (recreational to world-class), Justin utilises an evidence-based, functional approach to nutrition.

Alicia Diment

Alicia is a third student at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) undertaking a Sport and Exercise Science (BSc.) undergraduate degree. Alicia’s key areas of interest are altitude medicine and the potential applications of altitude training as a therapeutic tool. Her dissertation project will be based around ensuring the accuracy/reliability of new altitude training tools and investigating the effectiveness of novel training strategies to enhance physiology, psychology and performance at altitude, whilst simultaneously reducing the risk of illness.

Alicia is ARU’s Senior Student Ambassador for Para-Monte, whereby, she is committed to raising awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) to the general public.

Alicia completed a summer studentship with Drs Ash Willmott and Justin Roberts, and contributed to the completion of ~30 research summary articles/posters for the new Para-Monte website. The written summaries and posters were each based around a published peer-reviewed article, some of those that Para-Monte have previously funded, and covered a range of topics that included cognitive performance at altitude, application and variety of altitude training methodologies, and athlete perceptions of altitude training.