Dr Alex McInch


​​Prior to entering Higher Education, Alex worked as a stonemason for 8 years.Alex was educated and subsequently worked at the School of Sport at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Management before progressing on to the MA in the Sociology of Sport, graduating with distinction.

Prior to returning to the Cardiff School of Sport Alex taught at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years where he was a programme director and senior tutor. Aside from academia, Alex has a passion for football and is a lifelong fan of his hometown club Cardiff City F.C. Alex enjoys all sports and is also a practicing football referee.

Research / Publications

Invited book chapters

1. McInch, A., Fleming, S., and Leyshon, A.S. (2012), ‘Whatever happened to everyone training hard, playing hard and whoever was the best won fair and square?- Sociological Voices on banned substances’. In F. Grace and J. Baker (Eds.), Perspectives on Anabolic Androgenic Steroids and Doping in Sport and Health. New York: Nova Science Publications.

Peer-reviewed journals

1. McInch, A. and Stewart, C.L. (2010), ‘Embodied Identity Negotiation Amongst Amateur Boxers and University Footballers’, Leisure Studies Association Newsletter, 86 (July): 1-14.

2. Wheatley, L.R.,McInch, A., Fleming, S., and Lord, R. (2015). Feeding back to feed forward: Formative assessment as a platform for effective learning.Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice.Vol. 3(2), 1-14.

Conference (and invited) presentations

1. McInch, A. (2010), Embodied Identity Negotiation Amongst Amateur Boxers and University Footballers. Invited Presentation given at the Leisure Studies Association Conference, Leeds: UK, July.

2. Neil, R., Faull, A., Wilson, K., Nichols, T., Edwards, C., Cullinane, A., Bowles, H. R. C., Holmes, L., and McInch, A. (2011). The provision of sport psychology support within a United Kingdom University: Insights into working with a Soccer, Field Hockey, and Cricket team. Presentation given at the Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Honolulu, USA, September.

3. Wheatley, L., Lord, R., McInch, A., Swatton, A., and Fleming, S. (2012). Formative Assessment as a Platform for effective Learning. Presentation given at Higher Education Academy Conference on student retention and success, York, UK, March.

4. McInch, A. (2013). An autoethographic exploration of cancer and alcoholism within a father/son relationship. Presentation given at the European College of Sport Science Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June.​

Teaching and supervision

I deliver on a range of modules in both the undergraduate and postgraduate modular schemes. I am a module leader across all three levels of undergraduate study and am the research process lead for the Sport Management and Development subject group. I am also a personal tutor and the year tutor for level 4 Sport Development students​

External links

  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Football Association of Wales referee educator
  • External examiner at UWTSD: FdSc Sport Management and Development
  • Consultancy and Knowledge transfer/exchange
  • 2014: Feeding back to feed forward and goal setting within referee education. Football Association of Wales.
  • 2015: Recovering from a mistake: Refereeing perspectives. Football Association of Wales
  • 2015: Social commentary: The Eleri Sion Show. BBC Radio Wales

Qualifcations and Awards

PhD (2018) - Sociology of Education
PGCertTeaching in Higher Education - UWIC
MA Sport, Culture and Society (Distinction) - UWIC
BSc(Hons)Sport Management (1st Class) – UWIC
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
2008 Winner of the Frank Cartmell Trophy - ‘Best Sports Administrator', University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
2009 Winner of the Gwyn Williams Memorial Award - ‘Best Academic Profile and Sporting Contributions to the Cardiff School of Sport’, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
2009 Winner of the Nikki Ventris Memorial Award - ‘Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year’, Leisure Studies Association