Staff Profiles: School of Sport and Exercise

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Dr. Anita Navin

Dr. Anita Navin

Head of School, Sports and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

I am a passionate individual who commits fully to the development of coaches across a range of sports. I am also involved with Sky Sports in their commentary team for netball.

Samantha Barry-Wilson

Samantha Barry-Wilson

Academic Subject Leader for Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

My passion is athlete wellness. Understanding how the body works, why it breaks and how to fix it, is what interests me.

Kate Cady

Kate Cady

MSc Sports Therapy and MSc Professional Practice in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I always wanted to work in sport after going to my first football game at the age of 11. I have been privileged to have worked with some fantastic athletes and my job has taken me all over the world.

Daniel Cowen

Daniel Cowen

Lecturer in Sport, Fitness and Physical Activity

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am interested in sport and exercise and enjoy linking contemporary research on health and fitness to a practical environment. I am always trying to gain a better understand the human body with respect to health, exercise and performance.

Katie Davies

Katie Davies

Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I get to work with talented athletes and travel abroad. Helping athletes return from injury is an extremely rewarding role and I hope sharing my knowledge with undergraduate students will inspire them to achieve a successful career.

Sarah Dibble

Sarah Dibble

Senior Lecturer in Sports Management

Business and Enterprise Management

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I lead the Sports Management degrees. The business side of the sports industry is a fascinating area and my aim is to help students enjoy it as much as I do. I like to use real-life case studies and active learning approaches to engage students.

Paul Garner

Paul Garner

Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have a passion for working with people and helping them develop. This has led me to work for over a decade in coach education and I now lecture on the sports coaching team passing on the fruits of this experience.

Dr. Jonathan Hughes

Dr. Jonathan Hughes

Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the University in 2012 after undertaking PhD research at Massey University in New Zealand. I am a member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC).

Benjamin Moreland

Benjamin Moreland

Senior Lecture in Coaching, PE and Development

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Being active in various settings is a mainstay in my life and is something I value highly. I have always been interested in the ways people access activities. Whether it is looking at motivation or barriers, I have a desire to understand why.

Dr. John K. Parker

Dr. John K. Parker

Academic Course Leader BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences and Senior Lecturer Sport and Exercise Psychology

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have been at the University of Gloucestershire since 2006. My teaching commitments include the delivery of modules that focus on all aspects of sport psychology, motor learning, and exercise and mental health.

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Will Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Having worked in sport all of my life I have been fortunate that these experiences have formed the basis of my critical appreciation of sport and physical culture, exploring the ways that young people engage in society through sport.

Philip Shirfield

Philip Shirfield

Senior Lecturer in Sports Development and Coaching

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sport has always been a big part of my life whether as a player, a coach or spectator. My love of sport now focusses on how it can help people and communities to develop, grow and flourish.

Jordan Wintle

Jordan Wintle

Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sport has always been a huge part of my life; it has provided me with challenge, success and many friends. As a PE teacher for 10 years I have seen the positive impact a physically active life can have on young people.

Rosanna Armstrong

Rosanna Armstrong

Lecturer in Physical Education

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I appreciate a mature and developmental view of education. In order to humanise the learning process, I believe in working alongside students to develop their understanding of the teacher’s role in education and society.

Rodrigo Aspe

Rodrigo Aspe

Lecturer in Sports Strength and Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the university in 2014. Prior to academia I worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Aberdeen Grammar Rugby, Scottish Hockey and Robert Gordon University.

Dr. Meghan Brown

Dr. Meghan Brown

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have always been interested in how our health and wellbeing is influenced by what we eat and drink.

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Dr. Natalie Campbell

Senior Lecturer

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have worked in education, grassroots physical activity and elite sport for the last 10 years and have a huge passion for inclusion, wellbeing and people development.

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke

Academic Course Leader Sports Strength and Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. As an experienced practitioner, I also contribute to the Sports Coaching programme.

Alison Croad

Alison Croad

Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Sport Education

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am a Senior lecturer for Sport Coaching and Sport Education. I contribute to a variety of modules as well as postgraduate Professional Practice in Sport Coaching. I am passionate about the process of coaching in developing the best performers.

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Professor of Paediatric Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

My interests lie in paediatric sport and exercise with an emphasis on injury prevention. I work predominantly with football clubs to identify injury risk in academy players and providing advice on recovery strategies and screening techniques.

Dr. Martine Deighan

Dr. Martine Deighan

Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have always had an interest in the biomechanics of movement and was once a competitive Highland Dancer, teacher and judge so I have an interest in training. I am lucky enough to share theories with students who also have a passion for the subject.

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Dr. Simon Fryer

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Laboratories Director

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am interested in sport and exercise physiology with a specialist interest in blood flow and vascular function for performance, health and disease.

Kirsty Hopgood

Kirsty Hopgood

Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

As a passionate and dedicated sports therapist I thrive in an environment where I can educate and develop future sports therapists.

Dr. Stephen How

Dr. Stephen How

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2007 after undertaking PhD research at Brunel University. I teach sport and exercise physiology on a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Prof. David James

Dean of Academic Development, Professor of Exercise Science

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

My area of responsibility is Executive leadership for Academic Development across the University.

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am a historian and sociologist. I am interested in why sport matters culturally, socially and politically in corporate, imperial and colonial settings.

Dr. Claire Mills

Dr. Claire Mills

Senior Lecturer in Sports Education and Coaching

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the university in 2004, having previously worked in secondary schools, further and higher education institutions. As a Senior Lecturer and fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

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Dr. Haydn Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sport has provided me with many wonderful opportunities and life experiences. These experiences often form the foundation of my academic work and inspire my critical exploration of sporting practices.

Simon Padley

Simon Padley

Academic Course Leader Sports Coaching

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am a passionate sports coach working at various levels within hockey. I believe we have a responsibility to open everyone's eyes to the beauty of sport and physical activity throughout their life.

Prof. Andrew Parker

Prof. Andrew Parker

Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between sport and religion and my role at the University of Gloucestershire enables me to explore this further.

Danielle Parker

Danielle Parker

Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I thoroughly enjoy treating a range of clients and athletes and am now able to share these experiences through my teaching and hope to get future sports therapists excited about the opportunities in this growing profession.

Dr. Emily Ryall

Dr. Emily Ryall

Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy of Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I love thinking deeply about sport and so am honoured to be able to share my passion teaching. There are always lots of interesting philosophical questions about sport, e.g. should drugs ever be allowed?

Eve Scarle

Eve Scarle

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the University in 2006 from a background of working in the NHS as a Physiotherapist.

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw

Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am an energetic hardworking multidisciplinary team player. I am passionate about teaching and learning and sharing my knowledge with students to inspire them to achieve and progress into a well-rounded clinician.

Jo Shire

Jo Shire

Principal Lecturer

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am passionate about teaching and learning and think these are the gateways to growing and achieving our potential.

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

Lecturer in Physical Education

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have worked in secondary schools in a variety of roles including teacher training and pastoral management. I am now interested in research which will enable better quality PE experiences for school age children.

Mark Tabrett

Mark Tabrett

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have a life long passion for sport and exercise, particularly in football, badminton, rugby and training. This has lead to an interest in how the body works and adapts to these stresses and strains we place on it.

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Dr. Nicola Theis

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2017 after lecturing for three years at St Mary’s University. My research areas of interest centre around musculoskeletal biomechanics in paediatric and clinical populations.