Mark Samuels

 

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Senior Lecturer

National Governing Body Qualification Coordinator

Telephone number: +44 (0)29 2020 5798
Email address: msamuels@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Sport, delivering on a number of Modules across Undergraduate and Masters Level. 

Mark joined the School in 2006 in the form of a research student (completing his MPhil in Sport Biomechanics and Gymnastics in the summer of 2011) and since has been heavily involved in the development and progression of the Practical based Modules. 

Within the role of National Governing Body Qualification Coordinator, Mark has been involved in the process of integrating Nationally Recognised Qualifications (UKCC L1 and L2) in to the L4 and L5 Practical based Modules. 

​This work has seen the inclusion of Coaching Qualifications from 11 different National Governing Bodies, including collaborations with 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.

Research / Publications

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.   

Conference Presentations
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.
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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.

    Teaching and Supervision

    I am the Practical Module Coordinator, where I work closely with the Practical Module Leaders (L4 and L5) and Programme Directors (as appropriate) to ensure the successful management and delivery of Practical Modules in the Cardiff School of Sport. In addition, I am the Activity Leader and Module Leader for Trampoline and Gymnastics and the lead member of staff within these Activities for UKCC L1 and L2 British Gymnastics Qualification delivery (Trampoline and General Gymnastics). I have previously fulfilled the roles of Discipline Director (Performance) and Year Tutor (L5 Sport Management) at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  

    Qualifications and Awards

    BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
    MPhil in Sports Biomechanics (Gymnastics), University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
    PgC Teaching in Higher Education
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    Awarded a Student-Led Teaching Fellowship, Cardiff School of Sport (2013)
    Mental Health First Aid (2014)
    British Gymnastics Course Tutor Level 1 and 2 General Gymnastics (UKCC Accredited)
    British Gymnastics Course Tutor Level 1 and 2 Trampoline (UKCC Accredited)
    1st4sport Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement (AAVRA)

    External Links

    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

    • 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)
    ​​BUCS Trampoline Sports Advisory Group – (Participation Lead)

    Welsh Sports Association
    Sports Coach UK

    Sporting / Coaching Profile

    Sporting Profile
    National Level Artistic Gymnast (BUCS Team Champions 2004)
    National Level Trampoline Gymnast
    - Welsh 18+ and Men's National Champion (2007-2010)
    - Member of Welsh Senior Men's team (2006-2011)
    - BUCS National Team Champions (2007- 2010)
    - British Championships FIG A Finalist (4th) (2010)

    Coaching Profile
    Men's Artistic Gymnastics Coach (Level 2)
    Trampoline Club Coach (Level 3)
    Level 3 Technical Modules, 1, 2, 3 and 4
    Cardiff Metropolitan University Academy Trampoline Coach (2005-present)
    Cardiff Metropolitan University of AU team Trampoline Coach (2012-present)
    BUCS Team Champions Men's (2014 and 2015) and Women's (2014)