Fiona Skelly


Position: Sports lecturer

“My passion is the use of exercise to optimise health and well-being and improve quality of life. I believe that a physically active lifestyle can have benefits for all, regardless of fitness levels or abilities.” 

About Fiona

Exercise and sport has always been a huge part of my life. I studies Sports Science and Health in Dublin City University, and went on to complete a PhD in clinical exercise physiology. In addition to my current role here in Portobello Institute, I also lecture part time in Athlone Institute of Technology. 

I am a qualified gym instructor and personal trainer and have worked as part of the fitness team in DCUs Sports Complex since 2015. I am a strength and conditioning coach for both the men and women adult GAA teams in Clontarf GAA and have previously work as the youth athletic development coach in Belvedere F.C. 

Fiona’s Teaching Philosophy

Lecturing in the area of exercise physiology is a role I truly have passion for. My teaching strategy employs a number of methods, including visualization, peer learning, debate and problem solving. The area of exercise physiology is vast, and I aim to guide students to navigate the scientific and evidence-based literature to support their knowledge of each topic.  


  • PhD in clinical exercise physiology 
  • BSc in Sports Science and Health
  • ITEC qualified gym instructor, studio instructor and PT
  • BACPR qualification in cardiac rehabilitation


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