Dr Nic Matthews

 

Head of Department, Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management

Department: Senior Management and Planning Team
Telephone: +44(0)29 2020 1591
Email Address:nmatthews@cardiffmet.ac.uk

After completing a BSc. in PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management, at Loughborough University, Nic became an ERASMUS student and undertook a MA in European Leisure Studies which included spending six months at universities in Belgium, The Netherlands and The Basque Country. She returned to Loughborough to undertake a PhD in the politics of EU leisure and sports policy.

Nic has 17 years of experience in the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in physical activity, sport, play and health. She contributes particularly to modules in research methods and physical activity, play and sports development policy and practice. 

Nic has supervised research degrees in a range of areas including:  physical activity interventions for young people disengaged from PE, examining children's understanding of physical literacy, experiential drama praxis in the primary classroom as an instrument of social development, the role of citizenship in policy making, anxiety in elite sport, leisure provision and equity and entrepreneurship in sports management. 

In addition, Nic has been involved in work funded by the Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Gloucestershire which focused on the promotion of a Healthy Workplace toolkit to businesses. She has also been involved in a number of projects working with external partners, including:  the examination of wellbeing amongst children and young people (Caerphillly Borough Council), a literature review on the role of active play for health (Playwork Partnerships) and an examination of the role of playwork in promoting wellbeing (Play Gloucestershire).

Research

Research interests

Physical activity and wellbeing of children and young people

Sport, leisure and physical activity policy and politics

Publications

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles: 

Matthews, N., Kilgour, L., Christian, P., Mori, K., & Hill, D.M. (2015). Understanding, evidencing and promoting adolescent wellbeing:  An emerging agenda for schools, Youth & Society; 47 (5) pp. 659-683.  Published on-line January 2014, doi: 10.1177/0044118X13513590

Kilgour, L., Matthews, N., Christian, P., & Shire, J. (2013). Health literacy in schools: Prioritising health and well-being issues through the curriculum, Sport, Education and Society. doi:10.1080/13573322.2013.769948    

De Rossi, P., Matthews, N., MacLean, M., & Smith, H. (2012). Building a repertoire: Exploring the role of active play in improving physical literacy in children, Revista Universitaria de la Educacion Fisica y el Deporte, No. 5 38-45.   

Hill, D.M., Hanton, S., Matthews, N., & Fleming, S. (2011). Alleviation of choking under pressure in elite golf: An action research study. The Sport Psychologist. 25, 465-488. 

Hill, D.M., Hanton, S., Matthews, N., & Fleming, S. (2010). A qualitative exploration of choking in elite golf. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 4, 221-240. 

Hill, D. M., Hanton, S., Matthews, N., & Fleming, S. (2010). Choking in sport: A review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1, 24-39. 

Hill, D.M., Hanton, S., Fleming, S., & Matthews, N. (2009). A re-examination of choking in sport. European Journal of Sports Science, 4, 203-212.

Henry, I. P. & Matthews, N. (1998). Sport, Policy and European Union:  the post-Maastricht agenda, in Managing Leisure:  An International Journal, 3(1) 1-17. 

Book chapters: 

Matthews, N., Smith, H., Hill, D., & Kilgour, L. (in manuscript). Play, playwork and wellbeing, in W, Russell, H. Smith., & S. Lester (Eds) Practiced-based research in children's play, University of Bristol, Policy Press.  To be published 2016.

Kilgour, L., Matthews, N., & Crone, D. (2014). Enhancing the skills of students through the use of reflective practice in a physical activity and health curriculum, in Z. Knowles, D. Gilbourne, B. Cropley, & L. Dugdill (Eds) Reflective practice in the sport and exercise sciences, London, Routledge, pp. 69-79.

Matthews, N. (2013).Sport, physical activity and play: A European perspective. In A. Parker & D. Vinson (Eds.), Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play: Policy, intervention and participation, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. pp. 27-39.

Hill, D.M., Matthews, N., Kilgour, L., & Davenport, T. (2013). Sport, physical activity and self-esteem. In A. Parker & D. Vinson (Eds.), Youth sport, physical activity and play: Policy, intervention and participation, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.  pp. 55-69.

Matthews, N., Fleming, S., & R. Jones (2013).  Sociology for coaches, in R. L., Jones, M. Hughes, K., Kingston (Eds), An introduction to sports coaching:  From science and theory to practice, London, Routledge.  pp. 69-82.

Matthews, N. & Buswell, J. (2006). The case for adventure leisure management, in B. Humberstone (Eds), Shaping the Outdoor Profession through Higher Education: creative diversity in outdoor studies courses in higher education in the UK, Penrith, Institute of Outdoor Learning, pp. 33-42. 

Matthews, N. & Henry, I. P. (2001). Sport, leisure and EU regional policy:  A case study of Merseyside, in C. Gratton & I. Henry (Eds.), Sport in the city:  The role of sport in economic and social regeneration, London, Routledge, pp. 229-239. 

Pedagogic publications: 

Mills, C., & Matthews, N.  (2009).  Review of tutor feedback during undergraduate dissertations: A case study, a practice paper for Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, Volume 8 (1) 117-123.  DOI:10.3794/johlste.81.211

Matthews, N., Hill, D.M., & Hardman, J. (2008). Welcome back: Understanding and actively supporting student progression for returning students, for the HEA Subject Centre Network Pedagogic Research and Development Fund. 

Buswell, J., & Matthews, N.  (2004). Feedback on feedback!  Encouraging students to read feedback:  a University of Gloucestershire Case Study, a practice paper for Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, Volume 3, Number 1, pp. 59-65.  

Projects

 

Project Funding Amount Year Role
The art of wellbeing:  A participatory study with playworkers and children at play.Internally Funded Research Projects (REF monies), Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire

 

 

£3095

 

 

2013

Project lead.
Understanding, evidencing and promoting wellbeing amongst primary school childrenCaerphilly Borough Council.£35002013Project lead
A critical understanding of health literacy in schools. 

Internally Funded Research Projects (REF monies), Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire

 

 

£3000

 

2011

Project team member

Proof of concept funding for a Healthy Workplace short course.

 

Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, University of Gloucestershire

 

 

£5000

 

 

2011

Project team member

Literature review to investigate the evidence underpinning the role of play for holistic health.

 

Playwork Partnerships

 

 

£15,000

 

 

2011

Project team member

Understanding and actively supporting student progression for returning students.

 

HEA Subject Centre Network Pedagogic Research and Development Fund

 

 

£4300

 

 

2008

Project lead
'Building a repertoire':  encouraging physical literacy through extra-curricula, school-based provision.  

Internally Funded Research Projects (REF monies), Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire

 

 

 

£3800

 

 

2008

Project lead
Physical activity, self-esteem and academic achievement. 

Internally Funded Research Projects (REF monies), Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire

 

 

 

£4200

 

 

2008

Project team member

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