Christa Haworth


​​Director of Academic Pro​grammes​

Telephone: 029 2041 6783
E-mail address:

Christa is a Principle Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Sport, which she joined in 1993 having spent a number of years teaching Physical Education in a secondary school in Cardiff. 

Christa is currently the Director of Academic Programmes in the Cardiff School of Sport and is responsible for the operational management of all the academic programmes offered within the School. She works with the Coordinators in the School to ensure the consistency of systems and procedures associated with the academic delivery, assessment, management, and quality assurance and quality enhancement of all taught programmes in the School.  

She plays a key role in driving, the staff development programme across the school.  Her undergraduate teaching focuses on Physical Education and Coach Education in Aquatics. ​


Research / Publications

My main research interest focuses on teaching and learning in higher education and include the use of assessment for learning, visual ethnography and the student experience in university transitions.

Learning and Teaching Publications

Lord, R., Rowlands, C., Haworth, C., and Davies, G. (2013). Experiences of Students with Dyslexia in Cardiff Metropolitan University: Identifying good practice & recommendations for change. A Cardiff Met Learning Teaching and Development Unit funded project (£3000). 
Joint member of HEA funded project (2009) to investigate the use of visual ethnography in the evaluation of the outdoor residential experience for first year undergraduate sport students. 
Other Outputs from the project include:
Davies, G. (2010).  Induction and employability: the outdoor activity residential contribution.  HEA Case Study
Davies, G. (2010). Photo Elicitation and Evaluation of Student Experiences. HEA funded paper available at

Davies, G. (2010). The Student Induction Experience: An Approach to Evaluating the Residential Contribution HEA funded project available at

Mickleborough, T.D., Parker, C., Haworth, C., Lindley M., Chatham K. and Shale, D.J. (2002).  Performance And Physiological Changes That Occur In Elite Swimmers Following High-Intensity Inspiratory Muscle Training. Poster Presentation at the American Thoracic Society Annual Conference, Atlanta.

Teaching and Supervision

Christa is module leader for SSP6080 Analysis and Application (Swimming), Activity leader for SSP4001 Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice, SSP5068 Sport Techniques and Analysis (Body Management) and teaches on SSP4019 Introduction to Physical Education and Youth Sport. She is a Level 4 and 6 personal tutor for Sport and Physical Education students and supervises undergraduate and post graduate dissertation students.

Qualifications and Awards

BA (Hons) Human Movement Studies
MA Sport and Leisure
PGCE PE and Science (Secondary)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Institute of Swimming
ASA Level 2 Tutor (Coach Educator)
ASA Level 3 Coach
ASA Level 2 Aquatic Teacher
Sport Coach UK IAPS
ASA Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Assessment (pending)

External Links

I am linked with a number of external organisations through professional practice, enterprise activities and learning and teaching.

  • Amateur Swimming Association
  • I am a coach educator and assessor for Teaching Aquatics (L1 and 2) and Swimming Coaching (Level 1 and 2).

  • Swim Wales
    I am a coach educator and assessor for Teaching Aquatics (L1 and 2) and Swimming Coaching (Level 1 and 2).  In addition I have been a member of a working group responsible for developing assessment material for the courses listed above.  I am currently working with the Coach Education Manager for Swim Wales and other Swim Wales Tutors to develop a blended learning approach in delivering these NGB coaching awards. 

British Association for Independent Schools
I have delivered various workshops at the annual PE conference for Independent Schools.

External Examining

I have external examined for:

  • Neath & Port Talbot College (Moderator), HND Sport Development & Coaching (1999- 2005)
  • Bridgend College (Moderator), HND Sport Development & Coaching (1999- 2005)
  • University of Bath, B.Sc. (Hons) Sport Performance (2007 – 2011)
  • University of Bath, FD Sport Performance (2007 – 2011)

I have been an external reviewer for:

  • University of South Wales, HND Sports Coaching (2002)
  • University of Bath, B.Sc. (Hons) Sport (Sports Performance) (2007)      

Sporting / Coaching Profile


Zambian Swimming Team (1979)
Rochdale Swimming Club (1979-1986)
County and District Representation (1981-84)
British Colleges Representative (1987-1990)

Rochdale Borough Council (1985-86)
Managed and Coached my own Junior Swim School (1987-1991)
Sport Council for Wales Multi Activity and Swim Coach (1987-1991)
Cardiff Metropolitan University Swimming Team (1994-2000)
Cardiff Metropolitan University Academy Director for Swimming (2000-2014)
Amateur Triathletes (Swimming) (2012- 2013)