Staff Profiles

 

Lecturers in the School are experienced academics who utilise a range of innovative learning and teaching strategies to create a high quality student learning experience.

The recruitment of committed, high quality staff is critical to the continued success of the Cardiff School of ​Sport.​

The lecturing staff have a wide range of expertise across all the major sport-related academic and sports coach​ing disciplines.

Many staff are involved in applied research, consultancy and high level coaching activities which are directly relevant to and inform the modules that they are delivering.​​

School Management and Planning Team

Biomechanics

Sport Coaching

Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage

Dance

Performance Analysis/ Sport Broadcasting

Performance Sport

Physiology and Health​

Sport Psychology

Sociology and Philosophy of Sport

Sport and Exercise Medicine

Professor Richard Tong

Dr Lee Herrington (External Examiner)

Dr Craig Ranson (Programme Director)

Dr Dan Roiz de Sa (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Dr David Pugh (Honorary)

Dr Isabel Moore (Module Leader)

Dr Mark Ridgewell (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Dr Nick Travaglia (Honorary)

Lt Col Gareth Thomas (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Lt Col (Rtd) Jonathan Houghton (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Mr Prabhat Mathema (Honorary)

Mr Angus Robertson (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Adeline Phillips (Examiner)

Andy Kelly (Lecturer)

Yvonne Perkins (Programme Manager)

Sport Management and Development

Sport Pedagogy

Technicians

Administration Support Team

Director of Cardiff Met Sport

Research Students

Candidate: Jane BLACK (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Acute responses and long-term cardiovascular adaptations to strength training: Implications for performance and health
Research group: Sport Physiology and Health
Director of Studies: Dr Joseph Esformes
Supervisor(s): Dr Eric Stöhr, Prof Rob Shave

Candidate: Ceri BOWLEY (full-time, PhD)
Working title: Developing coach education programmes in football: The integration of a resilient coping and life skills development plan
Research group: Sport Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Brendan Cropley
Supervisor(s): Dr Rich Neil, Prof Sheldon Hanton
Funding arrangements: KESS

Candidate: Jessica BRAINCH (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Personal development and player welfare in the career transition of young professional cricketers
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Dr Alun Hardman
Supervisor(s): Dr Lynne Evans, Dr Owen Thomas, Dr Rich Neil

Candidate: Adam BRAZIL (full-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: The biomechanics of resistance training for sprint acceleration enhancement
Research group: Sport Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Prof Gareth Irwin
Supervisor(s): Dr Tim Exell
Funding arrangements: Joint funded by CSS and Sport Wales

Candidate: Emily BROWN (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Temporal aspects of performance and decision making in judo
Research group: Performance Analysis
Director of Studies: Dr Peter O’Donoghue
Supervisor(s): Dr Gemma Robinson

Candidate: Sophie BURTON (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: The biomechanics and motor control of the development of skill complexity in artistic gymnastics
Research group: Sport Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Prof Gareth Irwin
Supervisor(s): Dr Tim Exell, Dr Genevieve Williams
Funding arrangements: Cardiff Metropolitan University and British Gymnastics

Candidate: 
Andrew BUTTERWORTH (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Multimedia performance profiles in sport 
Research group: Performance Analysis
Director of Studies: Dr Peter O’Donoghue
Supervisor(s): Dr Brendan Cropley
Funding arrangements: England Netball funded study

Candidate: Steven BUZZA (part-time, MPhil)
Working title: The effect of task demands on kinematic and kinetic variables in golf driving performance
Research group: Sport Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Dr Ian Bezodis
Supervisor(s): Prof Gareth Irwin, Prof David Kerwin

Candidate: Paul BYRNE (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The design, acute and short-term effects of ‘Composite’ training in hurlers
Research group: Strength and Conditioning
Director of Studies: Dr Jeremy Moody
Supervisor(s): Dr Steve Cooper
Funding arrangements: Funded by the Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland

Candidate: Nicola CARZANA (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: A case study of Sport and Physical Education students' conceptualisation, knowledge and understanding of physical literacy and how these prepare them for the transition into Initial Teacher Training
Research group: Sport Pedagogy
Director of studies: Dr David Aldous
Supervisor(s): Dr Anna Bryant, Dr Kevin Morgan

Candidate: Jose CASTRO (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Developing learning and teaching within a sporting culture through an action research study
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Dr Kevin Morgan
Supervisor(s): Prof Robyn Jones, Dr Isabel Mesquita (University of Porto)

Candidate: Robert CONDLIFFE (full-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: Achieving optimal push start performance in elite-level bobsleigh
Research group: Sport Physiology
Director of Studies: Dr Jon Oliver
Supervisor(s):
Funding arrangements: Cardiff Met PG bursary (1st year)

Candidate: Charlie CORSBY (full-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: Coaches’ social competencies: Garfinkel, contingency and the ethno-methods of context
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Prof Robyn Jones
Supervisor(s): Dr Kerry Harris
              
Candidate: Tom CULLEN (full-time, PhD)
Working title: Assessment of the immune responses to acute and chronic exercise in elite endurance athletes
Research group: Sport Physiology and Health
Director of Studies: Dr Michael Hughes
Supervisor(s): Dr Andrew Thomas (Cardiff School of Health Sciences), Dr Richard Webb (CSHS)
Funding arrangements: KESS

Candidate: Luciana DE MARTIN SILVA (part-time, PhD)
Working title: A longitudinal study of sports coaching students' learning experiences and identity development
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Prof Robyn Jones
Supervisor(s): Dr Bill Davies

Candidate: Sam DODGE (part-time, MPhil)
Working title: Monitoring neuromuscular fatigue, recovery and readiness in Rugby Union players
Research group: Strength and Conditioning
Director of Studies: Dr Jeremy Moody
Supervisor(s): Dr Jon Oliver, Dr Rhodri Lloyd
                            
Candidate: Lowri EDWARDS (full-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: The effectiveness of a physical literacy intervention delivered to Welsh medium primary school teachers on pupils’ physical literacy
Research group: Physical Education and Pedagogy
Director of Studies: Dr Anna Bryant
Supervisor(s): Dr Anwen Jones, Dr Kevin Morgan
Funding arrangements: Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol funded study

Candidate: Stuart ENNIS (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Vascular function and cardiovascular heart disease: Acute and chronic responses to exercise
Research group: Exercise Physiology and Health
Director of Studies: Prof Rob Shave
Supervisor(s): Dr Helen Jones (LJMU), Dr Barry McDonnell (Cardiff School of Health Sciences)

Candidate: Lana EVANS (full-time, PhD)
Working title: Children’s opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity (competitive and recreational) in their local communities and neighbourhoods through the medium of Welsh
Research group: Sport Management
Director of Studies: Dr Nicola Bolton
Supervisor(s): Prof Carwyn Jones
Funding arrangements: Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol funded study

Candidate: Harry FISHER (full-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: An interdisciplinary stress-based examination of injury occurance and response in competitive sport
Research group: Sports Biomechanics and Sports Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Marianne Gittoes
Supervisor(s): Dr Lynne Evans, Dr Richard Mullins
Funding arrangements: Cardiff Met Research Innovation Award

Candidate: Joana FERREIRA DA ROCHA FONSECA (full-time, PhD)
Working title: Sports coaching students' learning experiences and identity development: A Portuguese case study
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Prof Robyn Jones
Supervisor(s): Dr Kevin Morgan, Dr Isabel Mesquita (University of Porto)
Funding arrangements: Funded by the University of Porto, Portugal

Candidate: Craig GILL (part-time, Prof Doc)
Working title: Improving the sports coach mentoring process: The impact of emotional intelligence
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Dr Andy Miles
Supervisor(s): Dr Brendan Cropley
Funding arrangements: Welsh Football Trust funded study

Candidate: Melanie GOLDING (part-time, MPhil)
Working title: Biomechanical uncertainties associated with field based data during complex high bar skills
Research group: Sport Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Prof Gareth Irwin
Supervisor(s): Dr Tim Exell, Prof David Kerwin

Candidate: Zach GOULD (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: Golf specific fundamental movement screening
Research group: Sport Physiology
Director of Studies: Dr Jon Oliver
Supervisor(s): Dr Rhodri Lloyd, Dr Rich Neil

Candidate: Marc Ashley HARRIS (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The university sport alcohol nexus: culture, hierarchy and habitat
Research group: Sociology and Philosophy of Sport
Director of Studies: Professor Carwyn Jones
Supervisor(s): Dr David Brown, Dr Andrew Bloodworth (Swansea University)

Candidate: Andy HENDERSON (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The impact of emerging technologies on the development of effective self-evaluation in a special school setting
Research group: Pedagogy
Director of Studies: Prof Scott Fleming
Supervisor(s): Dr Bill Davies

Candidate: Zavia INCLEDON (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: What is the effect of anti-histamine on post exercise hypotension?
Research group: Physiology and Health
Director of Studies: Dr Michael G Hughes
Supervsor(s): Dr Chris Pugh, Dr Eric Stohr

Candidate: Amelia JOHNSTONE (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Physical activity and artistic creativity: A phenomenological exploration of simultaneous running and drawing
Research group: Sociology and Philosophy of Sport
Director of Studies: Dr Carly Stewart
Supervisor(s): Prof Scott Fleming

Candidate: Kirsty Jayne LEDINGHAM (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Self-discrepency theory and athletic injury
Research group: Sports Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Steve Cooper
Supervisor(s): Dr Lynne Evans, Prof Nicola Callow, Prof Tim Woodman

Candidate: Valeria LO IACONO (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Dance as living and experienced cultural heritage: A transcultural ethnochoreology of Raqs Sharqi
Research group: Sociology and Philosophy of Sport
Director of Studies: Dr David Brown
Supervisor(s): Dr Lisa Edwards

Candidate: Martin LONGWORTH (part-time, Prof Doc)
Working title: An ethnographic study of student-coaches' experiences when undertaking work-based learning
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Prof Robyn Jones
Supervisor(s):
                         
Candidate: Mark LOWTHER (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The leadership role and influence of team captaincy in professional Rugby Union
Research group: Sport Management
Director of Studies: Dr Bill Davies
Supervisor(s): Prof Scott Fleming

Candidate: Anna MAYES (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The psychology of elite coaching
Research group: Sport Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Brendan Cropley
Supervisor(s): Dr Lynne Evans, Prof Sheldon Hanton

Candidate: Steve McCAIG (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Throwing arm pain in elite adolescent cricketers
Research group: Sport and Exercise Medicine
Director of Studies: Dr Craig Ranson
Supervisor(s): Dr Andy Miles

Candidate: Dr Helen McFARLANE (full-time, PhD)
Working title: Wellbeing of staff in the DVLA contact centre and usefulness of available support
Research group: Exercise Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Rich Neil
Supervisor(s): Dr Karianne Backx, Prof Andy Smith (Cardiff University)
Funding arrangements: DVLA Swansea funded study

Candidate: Alex MCINCH (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Only schools and courses: an ethnography of working-class schooling in South Wales
Director of studies: Dr Steve Cooper
Supervisor(s): Prof Scott Fleming, Prof Andrew Parker
Funding arrangements: CSS funded

Candidate: Victoria MEAH (part-time, PhD)
Working title: A longitudinal study to explore cardiac mechanics and arterial haemodynamics from preconception, during pregnancy, and postpartum in women with healthy and complicated pregnancies
Research group: Exercise Physiology
Director of Studies: Dr Eric Stöhr
Supervisor(s): Prof Rob Shave, Dr Karianne Backx, Prof John Cockcroft (Cardiff University School of Medicine)
                           
Candidate: Ryland MORGANS (PhD by published works)
Working title: Understanding the physical and technical performance demands and recovery responses to elite soccer in the English Championship and Premiership
Research group: Sport Physiology
Director of Studies: Dr Andy Miles
Supervisor(s):
Funding arrangements: Liverpool FC funded study

Candidate: Toby NICHOLS (part-time, Prof Doc)
Working title: Enhancing the education and ongoing development of golf coaches
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Dr Brendan Cropley
Supervisor(s): Dr Rich Neil, Dr Andy Miles

Candidate: Amanda NIO (full-time, PhD)
Working title: The role of exercise, ageing and female sex hormones upon physiological measures of cardiac structure and function
Research group: Exercise Physiology
Director of Studies: Prof Rob Shave
Supervisor(s): Dr Eric Stöhr
Funding arrangements: AXA funded study

Candidate: Laurie NEEDHAM (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The influence of task constraints and training drills on performance during the pole vault approach phase
Research group: Sport Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Prof Gareth Irwin
Supervisor(s): Dr Ian Bezodis

Candidate: Steven OSBORNE (part-time, PhD)
Working title: A critical exploration of the entrepreneurial orientation of managers within the UK sport industry
Research group: Sport Management
Director of Studies: Dr Nicola Bolton
Supervisor(s): Dr Nic Matthews (University of Gloucestershire)

Candidate: Jason PEDLEY (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: Drop jump kinetics as a predictor of injury risk in elite youth soccer players
Research group: SCRAM
Director of studies: Jon Oliver
Supervisor(s): Dr Rhodri Lloyd, Dr Izzy Moore​

Candidate: John PEEL (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The development of youth sport coach education: Examining the value of practice-based learning interventions
Research group: Sport Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Brendan Cropley
Supervisor(s): Prof Sheldon Hanton, Prof Scott Fleming

Candidate: Adeline PHILLIPS (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: Hamstring function in elite sprint running: A novel longitudinal intervention for training and injury prevention
Research group: Sport and Exercise Medicine
Director of Studies: Dr Craig Ranson
Supervisor(s): Dr Jon Oliver, Dr Isabel Moore

Candidate: Tim PITT (full-time, PhD)
Working title: Developing and applying ‘nudges’ in elite sport: Creating lasting change via brief interventions
Research group: Sport Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Owen Thomas
Supervisor(s): Prof Sheldon Hanton, Peter Lindsay (English Institute of Sport), Dr Mark Bawden (English Institute of Sport)
Funding arrangements: EIS funded study

Candidate: John RADNOR (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: The effects of age, maturation and training on musculotendon structure and its neural regulation of stretch-shortening cycle activity
Research group: Strength and Conditioning
Director of Studies: Dr Rhodri Lloyd
Supervisor(s): Dr Jon Oliver, Dr Charlie Waugh (Queen Mary’s, London)

Candidate: Paul READ (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Assessment and trainability of lower limb neuromuscular injury risk factors in elite male youth soccer players
Research group: Strength and Conditioning
Director of Studies: Dr Rhodri Lloyd
Supervisor(s): Dr Jon Oliver, Prof Mark de St Croix (University of Gloucestershire)

Candidate: Josh ROBINSON (part-time, MPhil)
Working title: Gender differences in physical literacy following a 12-week physical literacy intervention in children aged 11 and 12 years
Research group: Sport Pedagogy
Director of Studies: Dr Jeremy Moody
Supervisor(s): Dr Joseph Esformes

Candidate: Tom RUSGA (full-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: Biomechanics and motor control of complex strength and conditioning skills
Research group: Sport Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Prof Gareth Irwin
Supervisor(s): Dr Genevieve Williams (East Anglia University), Prof Karl Newell (Penn State University, USA)

Candidate: Sofia SANTOS (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Understanding the everyday complexity of coaching
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Prof Robyn Jones
Supervisor(s): Prof David Gilbourne (University of Hull), Dr Isabel Mesquita (University of Porto)

Candidate: Susan SAUNDERS (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The effect of differential pre-school experiences upon the academic development of girls through the reception year to the end of key stage 1
Research group: Physical Education and Pedagogy
Director of Studies: Dr Bill Davies
Supervisor(s): Prof Tony Crocker

Candidate: Wesley SLEAT (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: The influence of natural turf variation on football performance and game characteristics
Research group: Sport Physiology/Sport Biomechanics/Performance Analysis
Director of Studies: Dr Michael Hughes
Supervisor(s): Dr Ian Bezodis, Dr Peter O’Donoghue

Candidate: Rebecca STRAKER (part-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: The influence of skill complexity, growth and development on the landings mechanics in gymnastics
Research group: Sports Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Prof Gareth Irwin
Supervisor(s): Dr Tim Exel, Dr Gemma Robinson
Advisor: Prof Joseph Hamill

Candidate: Paul SYMONDS (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Wayfinding as embodied activity: Learning from travellers’ experiences
Research group: Sociology and Philosophy of Sport
Director of Studies: Dr David Brown
Supervisor(s): Dr David Aldous, Dr Julia Fallon (Cardiff School of Management)

Candidate: Edd VAHID (part-time, PhD)
Working title: Psycho-social perspectives on progression in elite developmental performance domains
Research group: Sport Coaching
Director of Studies: Prof Robyn Jones
Supervisor(s): Prof David Gilbourne (University of Hull)

Candidate: Hans von LIERES (full-time, PhD)
Working title: Biomechanics of performance in the acceleration phase in sprinting
Research group: Sport Biomechanics
Director of Studies: Dr Ian Bezodis
Supervisor(s): Prof Gareth Irwin
Funding arrangements: CSS, Sport Wales and Welsh Athletics funded study

Candidate: Denis WAKEHAM(full-time, MPhil/PhD)
Working title: The effect of age and fitness status on sympathetic regulation of vascular function
Research group: Physiology and Health (The Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise [IRESE])
Director of studies: Dr Chris Pugh
Supervisor(s): Dr Jonathan Moore (Bangor University), Prof Rob Shave
Funding arrangements: IRESE PhD Studentship

Candidate: Charlotte WILLIAMS (part-time, PhD)
Working title: ‘Live Smart’: Developing, implementing and evaluating life skills modules for Golf Union of Wales Junior Coaching Centres across Wales
Research group: Sport Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Rich Neil
Supervisor(s): Dr Brendan Cropley, Prof Tim Woodman (Bangor University)

Candidate: Tomos WILLIAMS (part-time, PhD)
Working title: The effect of psycho-social factors on patient recovery and functional outcome following anterior cruciate ligament surgery
Research group: Sport Psychology
Director of Studies: Dr Lynne Evans
Supervisor(s): Dr Angus Robertson
Funding arrangements: Funded by a Cardiff Met Research Initiative Award
                  
        

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