Professor of Sport and Exercise Science
Succeeding in elite sport is often about making incremental improvements to performance. With a background in mathematics, Professor of Exercise Science Will Hopkins is interested in precisely measuring those improvements or as he calls it "quantifying the uncertainty.”
The former Auckland Grammar dux has a long association with AUT University having taught statistics part-time in the 1960s in what was then the Auckland Technical Institute.
His ensuing career in a wide variety of science disciplines has been utilised for his current passion - sport performance.
Professor Hopkins completed a BSc in maths and physics then a BA in Russian at the University of Auckland before moving back into science with an MSc in cell biology.
In Dunedin Professor Hopkins completed a PhD in physiology from the University of Otago followed by a post-doctorate in neuroscience at Oxford University.
A voracious and passionate researcher, Professor Hopkins has his name to approximately 300 published articles and created the online journal and statistics site, Sportscience.
For many years Professor Hopkins’ analysis and research skills have been in demand internationally by institutions charged with producing elite athletes.
He is currently a consultant for the Australian Institute of Sport, the Norwegian Sport University, the English Institute of Sport, and the Aspire Academy in Qatar.
Professor Will Hopkin's extended academic profile