Staff Profiles: Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing

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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

Prior to joining the university Anita was a Director of Collaboration for Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University and managed a teacher training programme at Leeds Met University.

Samantha Barry-Wilson

Samantha Barry-Wilson

Academic Subject Leader for Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

At the University of Gloucestershire Samantha is the Academic Subject Leader for Sport and Exercise and contributes to the teaching of Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Strength and Conditioning and Sports Therapy.

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Dr. Pauline Williams

Academic Subject Leader: Sports Leadership, Education & Society

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

The learning experience of students is Pauline's key interest. In particular, Pauline has worked with International students and those progressing from non-traditional pathways into education. Her current connections are focussed in Sport with National Governing Bodies and other key organisations where learners come to Education from a wide diversity of experiences.

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Steven Baker

Academic Course Leader (Psychology BSc) Senior Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

I have a broad interest in cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology. My main interests are in decision making / intuition, emotion, and virtual reality. I enjoy using state of the art technology to research psychological phenomena, and regularly use these technologies in my teaching.

Kate Cady

Kate Cady

MSc Sports Therapy and MSc Professional Practice in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Kate Cady is Academic Course Leader for both the MSc Sports Therapy and the MSc Professional practice.

Daniel Cowen

Daniel Cowen

Lecturer in Sport, Fitness and Physical Activity

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Daniel is interested in sport and exercise and enjoys linking contemporary research on health and fitness to a practical environment. He is 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

Katie has been a practicing sports therapist for 7 years and has treated an array of talented athletes. She enjoys drawing upon her clinical experiences to develop the knowledge and skills of aspiring Sports Therapists.

Paul Garner

Paul Garner

Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Paul delivers on the postgraduate MSc in Sports Coaching, combining a wealth of practical experience with an academic background in sports coaching.

Dr. Jonathan Hughes

Dr. Jonathan Hughes

Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

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

Benjamin Moreland

Benjamin Moreland

Senior Lecturer in Coaching, PE and Development

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Ben is involved in the delivery of a variety of Post Graduate modules ranging from those focused on disability to those situated within a global setting, unpacking the role of sport within development contexts.

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

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

Dr. Mark Redmond

Dr. Mark Redmond

Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care

Allied Health Professions

Dr Redmond is an active researcher in the field of social care. He has successfully supervised a number of PhDs to completion and is currently exploring safeguarding and financial abuse.

Will Roberts

Will Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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.

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Academic Course Leader for Dance and Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Performing Arts and Play

Hilary is the Course Leader for the MA Professional Studies in Children’s Play. Her research interests are in the realm of children’s play and links with physical literacy, health and wellbeing.

Jordan Wintle

Jordan Wintle

Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

At the University of Gloucestershire Jordan is the Academic Course Leader for Physical Education and contributes to the teaching of several postgraduate programmes linked to this area.

Rosanna Armstrong

Rosanna Armstrong

Lecturer in Physical Education

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Rosanna appreciates a mature and developmental view of education. In order to humanise the learning process, she believes 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

Rodrigo joined the university in 2014. Prior to academia he 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

Meghan is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and is involved in the delivery of a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Dr. Natalie Campbell

Senior Lecturer

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Natalie is a Senior Lecturer and delivers modules in sociology, psychology, inclusive sport/PA/PE, professional development and research methods.

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke

Academic Course Leader Sports Strength and Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Richard is a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an experienced practitioner Richard is one of the university's TASS Strength and Conditioning practitioners.

Alison Croad

Alison Croad

Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Sport Education

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Alison is a Senior lecturer in Sport Coaching and Sport Education. She contributes to a variety of modules as well as postgraduate Professional Practice in Sport Coaching. She is passionate about the process of coaching.

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Professor of Paediatric Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Mark's interests lie in paediatric sport and exercise with an emphasis on injury prevention. He has worked predominantly with football clubs to identify injury risk in academy players and provide 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

Martine has always had an interest in the biomechanics of movement and was once a competitive Highland Dancer, teacher and judge so she has an interest in training types and adaptations.

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Dr. Graham Edgar

Professor of Psychology and Applied Neuroscience

Psychological Sciences

Graham conducts research in decision-making in obstetrics, SA in fireground situations, forensic neuroscience, the neuroscience of emotional intelligence, the neuroscience of creativity, and new methods of student assessment.

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Dr. Simon Fryer

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Laboratories Director

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Simon is interested assessments of haemodynamic kinetics in both athletic populations, particularly that of rock climbers. Simon also researches extensively into the area of macro and micro vascular function in healthy and diseased populations.

Dr. Stephen How

Dr. Stephen How

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

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

Dr. Kerry Hughes

Dr. Kerry Hughes

Senior Tutor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences

Kerry is the Senior Tutor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences. By training and experience Kerry is a Clinical Psychologist. Her interests are in wellbeing and mental health, and she is module tutor for modules on clinical psychology, counselling and wellbeing.

Prof. David James

Prof. David James

Dean of Academic Development, Professor of Exercise Science

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

David's area of responsibility is Executive leadership for Academic Development across the University.

Dai Jones

Dai Jones

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Dai has been involved in the design of many of the taught postgraduate programmes in psychological sciences, and has been course leader for a number.

Dr. Claire Mills

Dr. Claire Mills

Senior Lecturer in Sports Education and Coaching

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

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

Dr. Haydn Morgan

Dr. Haydn Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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.

Danielle Parker

Danielle Parker

Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Danielle has always loved everything to do with sport and her interest in how the human body works led her to pursue a career in sports therapy.

Dr. Wendy Russell

Dr. Wendy Russell

Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork

Performing Arts and Play

Wendy is Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at University of Gloucestershire. She has worked on adventure playgrounds and in development, research, training and education with local, national and international organisations.

Dr. Emily Ryall

Dr. Emily Ryall

Reader in Applied Philosophy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I love thinking deeply about issues related to sport, games and play. There are so many interesting philosophical questions about the nature and value of these activities as part of a good life.

Dr. Kim Schenke

Dr. Kim Schenke

Psychology Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

Kim is a social neuroscientist who researches the processes involved in social interactions. This ranges from investigating how we make action predictions about others, to the experiences of social anxiety, to imitation behaviours.

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw

Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sarah is an energetic hardworking multidisciplinary team player. She is passionate about teaching and learning and sharing her knowledge with students to inspire them to achieve and progress into a well-rounded clinician.

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

Lecturer in Physical Education

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Rachel is currently finishing her Masters dissertation on Assessment in Physical Education; working with local schools to develop professional practice.

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Senior Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

Rachel is a psychobiologist with a background in chronic stress, hemispheric lateralisation, and HIV research. She is particularly interested in how psychosocial factors affect the immune and endocrine systems.

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

Liz‘s background is as a director and writer specialising in intermedial and immersive theatre. She’s founder director of the performance company Void and has supervised post graduate study in contemporary performance.

Mark Tabrett

Mark Tabrett

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Dr. Nicola Theis

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

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

Josie Truscott

Josie Truscott

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Josie is a practising business psychologist with Deloitte Leadership, assessing and developing senior leaders.

Prof. Jacqueline Wheatcroft

Prof. Jacqueline Wheatcroft

Professor of Forensic Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Jacqueline's research interests are in the maximisation of information, intelligence and evidence across a variety of Forensic and Security areas of work. She is particularly interested in the impact of question forms on users (including those who are vulnerable) of the legal system.

Prof. Dianne Catherwood

Prof. Dianne Catherwood

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Dianne is Emeritus Professor of Psychology. Her research and teaching both focus on how the brain processes sensory information from the world around us and she has studied this in infants and adults.