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.

Dr. Athanassios Bissas

Dr. Athanassios Bissas

Academic Subject Leader: Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

My approach to scientific inquiry is all about working with fellow scientists to make a tangible contribution to methodologies and applications in sport performance, exercise and health contexts.

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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 my key interest. In particular, I have worked with International students and those progressing from non-traditional pathways into education. My 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.

Daniel Cowen

Daniel Cowen

Academic Course Leader for Sport and Exercise Sciences

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.

Alison Croad

Alison Croad

Academic Course Leader for Physical Education and Coaching

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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.

Dr. Martine Deighan

Dr. Martine Deighan

Academic Course Leader for Sports Strength and Conditioning

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.

Paul Garner

Paul Garner

Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Having worked in coaching and coach development for over twenty years in a variety of professional contexts, these experiences have led to a passion for understadning the interpersonal elements of the role.

Dr. Jonathan Hughes

Dr. Jonathan Hughes

Academic Course Leader for MSc Sports 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

Academic Course Leader for Sports Business and Coaching

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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.

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Dr. Craig Pfeifer

Academic Course Leader for MSc Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the University in 2019 after lecturing in the United States at The University of South Carolina and Lander University. I am a certified Athletic Trainer and have worked with patients from youth through professional sport.

Will Roberts

Will Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise and Academic Course Leader for MSci Sport Coaching Science

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.

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw

Academic Course Leader for 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.

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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.

Jordan Wintle

Jordan Wintle

Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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.

Ewan Allman

Ewan Allman

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise, University of Gloucestershire, Specialist in Sociology and Ethics of Sport. Former Great Britain Deaf Tennis Player, retired May 2019.

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Dr. Colin Baker

Senior Research Fellow

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Senior Research Fellow and Postgraduate Research Lead in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Edward Baker

Edward Baker

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise, Strength and Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I've been fortunate to work with athletes from professional teams, Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Dr. Rachael Bullingham

Dr. Rachael Bullingham

Senior Lecturer of Sport and Exercise Science

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

I am passionate about both teaching and research. My interest is in both areas of social issues and Physical Education. I researched in areas regarding homophobia and concussion in sport.

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Dr. Natalie Campbell

Senior Lecturer

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Prof. David James

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. 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

Andrew Misiura

Dr. Andrew Misiura

Senior Lecturer Sport & Exercise (Biochemistry & Physiology)

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Educationalist and Trade Unionist since 1988 after my PhD in Biochemistry from the University of East Anglia, Joining the university in 2000 to Lecture in Biochemistry & Physiology but now almost full time University College Union Chair. A member of University Council & Academic Board; Academic Conduct Officer & AP(E)L representative.

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

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.

Debby Sargent

Debby Sargent

Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I am excited and fascinated by the field of strength and conditioning. Understanding how to create training programmes to optimise athletic performance , promote recovery and mitigate against injury, is what interests me.

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Merilin Sikk

Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have a 'whole-listic' approach in combining training, injury rehabilitation, pain management & well-being. A true believer in 'motion is lotion' I look to inspire as many people as possible to live happier, healthier and more active lives.

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

Lecturer in Physical Education

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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. Louise Turner

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

My interests are in sport and exercise physiology and nutrition, with a particular focus on the cardiopulmonary response to exercise alongside training and nutritional interventions for performance, health and disease.

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Claire Tracey

Technical Demonstrator in Strength & Conditioning

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I have a passion for the field of Strength & Conditioning. I am an accredited member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and after working as a coach in the industry for many years I am now excited to explore the academic and research world to enhance my knowledge in the field.