Sport research at Hartpury

Sport research at Hartpury is diverse but is focused on the enhancement of performance of; athletes, coaches, the general population, teaching staff and students.

With 10 sports academies and exceptional sports facilities on our specialist campus, including the multi-million pound sports academy, there are a wealth of opportunities for staff and postgraduate researchers to work with elite athletes and specialist coaches on site. And our partnerships with professional sports clubs and governing bodies also open up a world of research projects outside of Hartpury too.

The department of sport comprises research groups in ‘Applied Sport Performance’ and ‘Coaching Pedagogy’, with a number of staff also undertaking learning and teaching research.

All research activity within the department either directly or indirectly informs not only current industry practice but also the curriculum, either through research that directly informs curriculum design (e.g. research into first-year transition) or knowledge creation that informs curriculum content (e.g. research into mental toughness directly informing coaching curriculum content).

All staff are actively involved in research and knowledge exchange either as researchers or practitioners.​

Applied Sport Performance

Coaching Pedagogy

Teaching and Learning

Intelligent Youth Athlete Development Hub (IYAD)

IYAD is an innovation hub which brings together experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds all committed to developing ‘intelligent’ youth athletes. 

The aim of the hub is to propose and implement the optimum framework to develop healthy, capable, resilient, adaptable and positive athletes, who enjoy performing and succeeding in their chosen sport; and to provide the right support to enable them to be the best they can be on and off the field.

Delivered by leading Hartpury academics and coaches, the hub will work with young athletes, parents, coaches and sports governing bodies. If you are interested in finding out more about how IYAD could help you and your athletes, please contact sarah.lee@hartpury.ac.uk

Meet our University Centre Sport team

The expertise and experience of our lecturers spans all areas of sport, including sports and exercise sciences, coaching, nutrition, therapy, strength and conditioning, performance and business. You can meet the Sports department below.

ALICE TOCKNELL

PROGRAMME MANAGER AND LECTURER IN SPORT PERFORMANCE

Alice joined Hartpury in 2010 after the successful completion of a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, and Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Psychology) at the University of Gloucestershire.

ANDREW DOBSON

SENIOR LECTURER AND PROGRAMME MANAGER

In 2004 Andrew graduated from the University Chichester with a first class honors degree in Sports and Exercise Science. The following year he graduated with a MSc Exercise Physiology. As well as achieving a distinction for his MSc he was also awarded the John Wiley Publishing Prize for Academic Excellence and the National Institute of Biology Top Bioscience Award. Andrew has previously lectured and tutored undergraduate students in BSc Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Chichester and also worked as a research assistant at the leading medial engineering company Deltex Medical Ltd.

DEAN CLARK

SENIOR LECTURER AND PROGRAMME MANAGER

Dean graduated from Loughborough University in 1992 after completing a joint honours degree in Physical Education, Sports Science and Social Science, and continued his studies there by completing a postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCE).

DR LAURENCE PROTHEROE

SENIOR LECTURER – SPORTS SCIENCE

Laurence joined Hartpury in 2011 following completion of a PhD investigating the production of topspin in tennis groundstrokes at the University of Central Lancashire.

Laurence has also completed an MSc in Sports Biomechanics from Liverpool John Moores University and a BSc (Hons) Sports Science and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Central Lancashire.

GARETH KNOX

SENIOR LECTURER PROGRAMME MANAGER

Gareth graduated from Swansea University in 2007 with an honours degree in Sports Science. This was followed by completion of an MSc in Sports Science. Gareth completed a PhD at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2012 entitled ‘The effects of a school-based cross-curricular physical activity intervention on cardiovascular disease risk factors in low socioeconomic status adolescents'.

LUCIANA DE MARTIN SILVA

PRINCIPAL LECTURER AND PROGRAMME MANAGER

Luciana De Martin Silva is a Programme Manager and Principal Lecturer at Hartpury and is currently in the final stage of her doctoral research at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Luciana completed her MA in Education (Sports Coaching) at the University of Bath in 2007 and a BSc in Physical Education (Qualified Teacher and Bachelor degree) at the University of Minas Gerais (UFMG, Brazil) in 2003.

MICHAEL GREEN

SENIOR LECTURER IN SPORTS MANAGEMENT

Michael has taught in Higher Education for the last four years, having spent the last two academic years as a senior lecturer and programme manager in the business team at Hartpury College.

Both Michaels teaching and research interests span the field of Sports Management. Prior to joining Hartpury, Michael held a range of positions in the sports industry which reflect his personal interests and enhance teaching. These roles have included sponsorship negotiations, new media marketing campaigns, coaching and team management, volunteering and local sports development projects.

RICHARD WHINCUP

LECTURER IN SPORTS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Richard studied for a Higher National Diploma in Sports Science and Health Studies at Solihull College and a BSc Honours Degree at Brunel University, West London in Sports and Exercise Sciences.

Richard has recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education at the University of the West of England.

THOMAS LEGGE

SENIOR LECTURER & PROGRAMME MANAGER BSC SPORT COACHING

Thomas has an undergraduate degree in Sports Coaching and Conditioning and a post-graduate Masters in Coaching Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching.

Thomas has previously worked for the NHS, managing group dynamics and responsible for the organisational structure and training for new staff.

SARAH LEE

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT (HE SPORT)

Sarah joined Hartpury in 2005 having completed an MSc in Sport Psychology with distinction, and a 1st class BSc (hons) degree in Sport and P.E., at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Cardiff Met).

VICTORIA LEWIS

PROGRAMME MANAGER: BSC EQUESTRIAN SPORTS COACHING

Victoria studied Sport and Human Movement Studies, specialising in Biomechancics and Performance Analysis at Cardiff Metropolitan University and California State University, USA.Followed by a PGCE in Physical Education and a MSc. in Sport Coaching.

BEN DRURY

PROGRAMME MANAGER SPORTS CONDITIONING AND INJURY MANAGEMENT. LECTURER IN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING.

Programme Manager Sports Conditioning and Injury Management. Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning.

Ben joined Hartpury in 2013 and is currently the Programme Manager for the BSc Sports Conditioning and Injury Management degree. Ben has a vast amount of experience within the applied field of sports performance and has worked with a number of athletes and teams at international, national and amateur level.

Sarah Sandford

Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Sarah gained an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise from University of Gloucestershire in 2004. Following this she embarked a teaching career in FE Sport at Hartpury College. During this time Sarah specialised in anatomy and physiology, and sports injuries.

Stephen Whitbourn

Senior Lecturer Sport Business Management

Stephen obtained a BA (Hons) Psychology from Danbury Management Centre, University of London. As well as working for Hartpury College Stephen is also an external examiner for the institute for Learning.

STEVEN GLYNN

LECTURER IN SPORTS THERAPY

In 2014, Steven Graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland, with a degree in Sport and Exercise science. Following on from completing an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise science (Hon), Steven completed a Masters degree in Sports Therapy at the University of Gloucestershire whereby he specialised in assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of injuries with exposure to various athletic and non-athletic clinical environments.