My main research interest focuses on teaching and learning in higher education, specifically focusing on the transition from FE to HE and beyond, in addition how utilising technologies can enhance student learning. In my early Academic Years my research focus was in the area of Sport Biomechanics and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, where under the supervision of Professor Gareth Irwin, Professor David Kerwin and Dr Marianne Gittoes, I was interested in how the Sport Biomechanics could potentially impact on coaching practice with a aim of making training more effective and efficient.
Samuels, M. (2014). Induction Project: Strategy to enhance engagement with the feedback-feedforward process. HEA Annual Conference: Preparing for learning futures: the next ten years, Aston University in Birmingham, Birmingham July 2014. Oral preservation
Academic Journal Abstracts
Kerwin, D.G., Irwin, G, and Samuels, M. (2007). Angular momentum comparison of different Tkachevs. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(S2), 50-51.
International conference abstracts
Samuels, M., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Gittoes, M. (2009). Trend analysis of complex release and re-grasp skills on high bar. In: D. Harrison, R. Anderson and I. Kenny., eds. Proceedings of 27th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports. Limerick, Ireland. pp507-510
Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Samuels, M. (2007). Biomechanics of the longswing preceding the Tkachev. In: H.J. Menzel, and M.H. Chagas., eds. Proceedings of 25th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports. Ouro Preto, Brazil. pp.431-434.
National Conference Abstracts
Samuels, M., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Gittoes, M. (2009). Trend analysis of complex release and re-grasp skills on high bar. WISHES Conference Aberystwyth University
Kerwin, D.G., Irwin, G. and Samuels, M. (2008). Angular momentum comparison of different Tkachevs. In: D.G. Kerwin, I. Bezodis, and G. Irwin, eds. BIG 2008: Proceeding of XXIVth Biomechanics Interest Group. Cardiff, UK. pp.30.
Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Samuels, M. (2008). Biomechanics of the longswing preceding the Tkachev. In: D.G. Kerwin, I. Bezodis, and G. Irwin, eds. BIG 2008: Proceeding of XXIVth Biomechanics Interest Group. Cardiff, UK. pp.38.
Kerwin, D.G., Irwin, G., and Samuels, M. (2007). Angular momentum comparison of different Tkachevs. In: Programme & Abstracts book of the Annual Conference of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. University of Bath. pp.121-122.
Within the his role of National Governing Body Qualification Coordinator, Mark has worked with Academic staff to collaborate with sporting National Governing Bodies to embed qualification internal and external to the UG Programme. To date collaborations with have taken place, allowing students the opportunity to complete coaching (L1 and L2) and officiating within the following National Governing Body British Gymnastics (BG), Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Basketball Wales, Welsh Athletics, Cricket Wales, Welsh Netball, Welsh Squash and Racketball, Swim Wales and England Volleyball
British Gymnastics and Welsh Gymnastics - Coach Education Tutor
BUCS Trampoline Sports Advisory Group – (Participation Lead)
- Mark collaborated with British Gymnastics as part of a major project in the organisation focussed on the development of a brand new blended programme for UKCC Level 1 Gymnastics Coaches, working within a team of four experts to create a brand new two-day programme, brining practical and theoretical elements together as part of a structured programme, supporting 127 learning objectives, all aligned to online content and an assessed portfolio.
- Welsh Gymnastics – Trampoline Technical Committee (Technical Development Lead 2012-2016)
Welsh Sports Association
Sports Coach UK