Dr Nic Matthews

Department: Tourism, Hospitality and Events Department

Office/Location: O1.57, Ogmore Building, Cardiff School of Management, Llandaff Campus

Telephone: +44(0)29 2020 1591

Email: nmatthews@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Overview

Nic join Cardiff School of Management in 2016 as Head of Department for Tourism, Hospitality and Events. After 5 years in that role, Nic took on the role of Employability Lead for the Cardiff School of Management, working with the University’s Student Services and Employability team and programme teams to understand and enhance student engagement with the breadth of careers provision at CardiffMet and with its partners. Alongside this, she teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervises doctoral students.


Nic’s primary teaching responsibilities focus on the delivery of research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. Helping students to appreciate the value of research skills to their academic and professional development is fundamental to the approach adopted by all those in the delivery of these modules. In addition, Nic teaches on tourism management modules across the levels and the Department’s Sociology provision.

Nic leads on the Department’s postgraduate Dissertation module that is taken by the MSc International Tourism & Hospitality Management and MSc Event Project Management students.


Nic has a PhD in the politics of EU leisure and sports policy and has been involved in research projects examining the role of citizenship in policy making, leisure provision and equity, and well-being and health literacy in children and young people. Current work includes examining the accessibility of mobile technologies within tourism and how the festival and events sector might address access to cultural life for those living in poverty.

Key Publications

Selected Publications

Richards, V., Matthews, N., Williams, O. J., & Khan, Z. (2021). The Challenges of Accessible Tourism Information Systems for Tourists with Vision Impairment: Sensory Communications Beyond the Screen, in Eusébio, C., Teixeira, L., & Carneiro, M. J. (Ed.), ICT Tools and Applications for Accessible Tourism (pp. 26-54). IGI Global, doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-6428-8.ch00

Hopkins, E., Bolton, N., Brown, D., Matthews, N. & Anderson, M. (2020) Beyond TTM and ABC: A Practice Perspective on Physical Activity Promotion for Adolescent Females from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Societies, 10(4), doi.org/10.3390/soc10040080

Hill, D.M., Cheesbrough, M., Gorczynski., & Matthews, N. (2018) The consequences of choking: a constructive or a destructive experience? The Sports Psychologist, 1-17, doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2018-0070

Matthews, N., Smith, H., Hill, D., & Kilgour, L. (2017) Play, Playwork and Wellbeing, in W. Russell, S. Lester & H. Smith (Eds) Practice-Based Research in Children's Play, Policy Press, pp. 221-241

Hill, D., M., Matthews, N., & Senior, R. (2016). The Psychological characteristics of performance under pressure in elite rugby union referees, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30 (4), 376-387, doi: 10.1123/tsp.2015-0109

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

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

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

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

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

Other Projects and activities

Cardiff City Region Skills Partnership – Member

Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing (ENRaW) – CardiffMet Working Group, Member

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

External Links

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Research Gate – Nic Matthews