My undergraduate studies were completed at Chichester Institute of Higher Education culminating in a BSc (Hons) in Sport Studies, awarded by the University of Southampton. The institute then gained the status of University College and I obtained an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science, completing a physiology pathway. From Chichester I transferred to Canterbury Christ Church University in order to undertake research into the myogenic and neurogenic constraints to increasing joint range of motion. From this research position I then transferred onto the lecturing staff in order to become field leader in Biomechanics and Movement Analysis, within the department of Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure. At this time I registered with British Gymnastics as a practicing coach educator. Alongside this I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching which has led to research interests within higher education. I am now a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I joined the staff of the University of Southampton in 2004, teaching biomechanics and research methods to a variety of students (sport, education and psychology). At this time I undertook a PhD investigating the expectations and perceptions of undergraduate students studying sport degrees, focusing on the student experience. In 2013 I transferred to the Faculty of Health Sciences and focused on teaching quantitative methods to postgraduate students but in 2014 I returned to my home subject and took up a position within the University of Winchester to undertake teaching and research in the science of sport coaching. I am the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree. I am also the strand leader for our Sport Coaching and Sport Pedagogy section of our Sport and Exercise Research Centre.
Alongside my academic life I have been involved in scientific support to athletic performers in football, cycling, gymnastics and trampolining. For many years I worked as a gymnastics coach, specialising in female artistic but with experience in general gymnastics and pre-school gymnastics.
Higher Education Teaching Qualification
Senior Fellowship (SFHEA)