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Dr Pauline Williams

Academic Subject Leader: Professional Development in Sport

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… Chevron icon


My teaching and research interests are based on my background in education and working with professionals returning to education, or coming via non-traditional routes. Throughout my own learning pathway I have studied within Equestrian Sport, I hold professional coaching qualifications and have combined this curiosity about how people interact and develop relative to the environment around them. My sport has the added complexity of the human-animal interaction as well as the coach-athlete relationship – to explore this I have studied Anthropology topics with an emerging interest in culture, identity and leadership. Professional experiences have connected me to understanding systems, processes and the importance of quality in learning, hence connecting all these aspects through Sport is my interest. I teach research methods and support work based project work.


  • EdD, Direct Entrant Chinese Students in UK Higher Education: A Case Study of Student Expectations and Subsequent Experiences Throughout a Key Period of Transition, University of Bristol, 2015
  • MSc: Equine Science, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1998
  • BSc: Agriculture, Essex University, 1995
  • HND: Equine Studies, Welsh Institute of Rural Studies, Aberystwyth, 1994


Fellow of the HEA

Teaching & Research


I teach across my specialisms within Animal Biology, as well as those related to Sport research and work based projects.

External responsibilities

I currently am an External Moderator for Access to HE (CAVA) provision, and for BSc(Hon) Equine Sciences at the University of Limerick.