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Dr Anna Bryant 



Principal Lectu​​rer

Telephone number: 029 2041 6077
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Anna is a Principal Lecturer in Student Engagement at the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. Prior to this Anna was  the Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education (SPE) Programme (2014-2017). After a period as a PE teacher at Ysgol Bro Morgannwg, Barry, Anna joined the University as a full time member of staff in 2011. She has since made a significant contribution to the development of the SPE Programme and more recently student engagement across the school.

Anna has an emerging research profile based around physical literacy and physical education, she has developed links with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Sport Wales. She has made a valuable contribution to the 'Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol' activities in particular the supervision of a PhD through the medium of Welsh.

Research / Publications

Research /Publications

My research interests focus on the development of high quality physical education (PE), physical literacy and young people's engagement in sport and physical activity. These interests include, developing young people on their physical literacy journey and creating an empowering PE environment. I am also particularly interested in teaching and learning in higher education. 


Edwards, L. C., Bryant, A. S., Keegan, R. J., Morgan, K., Cooper, S., & Jones, A. M. (2018). Measuring' Physical Literacy and Related Constructs: A Systematic Review of Empirical Findings, Sports Medicine doi: 10.1007/s40279-017-0817-9

Edwards, L.C., Bryant, A.S., Keegan, R., Morgan, K. & Jones, A.M.  (2017) Definitions, Foundations and Associations of Physical Literacy: A Systematic Review, Sport Medicine, 47, 1, p. DOI 10.1007/s40279-016-0560-7.

Bryant, A., Bolton, N., Fleming, S. (2015), Extracurricular sport and physical activity  in Welsh secondary schools: Leisure lifestyles and young people, Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, 2 (2), 1-17.​

​Edwards, L., Bryant, A. & Jones, A. (2015). 'Canfyddiadau Athrawon Addysg Gorfforol ar Addysg Gorfforol Ansawdd Uchel yn Ysgolion Cyfrwng Cymraeg', ' Physical education teachers' percpetions of high quality physical educatuon in Welsh language schools' Gwerddon, 20, 44-60.

Bryant, A., Bolton, N., Fleming, S. (2015), This is awesome Miss. It is safe. We don't do this with any other teacher.' Classroom activities to listen to pupils' voices, Educationalfutures,7(1), 56-75.

Morgan, K., Bryant, A. & Diffey, F.  (2013). The Effects of a Collaborative Mastery Intervention Programme on Physical Literacy in Primary PE. ICSSPE Bulletin - Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education, 65  Retrieved from

Hodgkin, K., Fleming, S., Beauchamp, G.  &  Bryant, A. (2013) Perception to reality: Pupils' expectations and experiences of the  primary-secondary school transition, Educationalfutures,  6(1), 28-40.

Leyshon, A., Bolton, N., Fleming, S. (2012) The '5x60'Initiative: Illustrative Case studies 2007-2009

Thomas, N.E., Leyshon, A., Hughes, M.G., Jasper, M.A., Davies, B., Graham, M.R., Bulloch, J.M. & Baker, J.S. (2010). Concentrations of salivary testosterone, cortisol, and immunoglobin A after supra-maximal exercise in female adolescents. Journal of Sports Sciences. 28, 12, 1361-1368.

Thomas NE., Leyshon A., Hughes MG., Davies B., Graham M. & Baker J.S. (2009) The effect of anaerobic exercise on salivary cortisol, testosterone and immunoglobulin (A) in boys aged 15- 16 years. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 107(4), 455-461

Book Chapter
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

Teaching and Supervision

Dr Bryant  delivers on modules in the areas of Physical education and pedagogy at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Postgraduate Research Supervision Completion: Doctor of Philosophy
Kieran Hodgkin: Thesis Title:  Schooling Physical Education and the Primary – Secondary Transition – An Ethnographic Study. Student registered at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff. Co-supervised by Professor Scott Fleming and Professor Garry Beauchamp.

Lowri Edwards: Thesis Title: The effectiveness of a cross-curricular health and activity intervention delivered to primary school teachers on pupils' health and physical literacy. Funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Student registered at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff. Co-supervised by Dr Anwen Rees and Dr Kevin Morgan. Director of Studies.

Postgraduate Research Supervision: Doctor of Philosophy            

Dan Milton: Thesis Title: To explore the relationship between empowering climates, quality motivation and the development of young people on their physical literacy journey. Student registered at Birmingham University, Birmingham. Co-supervised by Professor Joan Duda and Dr Paul Appleton

Professional Doctorate

Sally Bethell: Thesis Title:  The design of a self-evaluation tool to support the reflective practice and professional development of PGCE PE mentors'

External Links

Anna is  linked with a number of external organisations through research, professional practice, enterprise activities and learning and teaching.

Sport Wales 

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Sport Wales Physical Literacy Consultants: Project Lead (2017- present)

  • £200,000 Funded Physical Literacy Programme for Schools (PLPS) project (2016-17), including, Collaborative action research to enhance primary teachers' knowledge, understanding and delivery of physical education and the physical literacy journeys of their pupils: A sustainable and replicable CPD process, Kevin Morgan, Anna Bryant

  • Member of The Sport Wales's Physical Literacy Expert group (December 2013 – Summer 2015)

  • Funded Sport Wales project in partnership with Birmingham University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Project title:  'Empowering Teaching' in Secondary School Physical Education in Wales. Project team Professor Joan Duda (Birmingham University), Dr Eleanor Quested (Birmingham University), Dr Paul Appleton (Birmingham University), Dr Anna Bryant (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Julia Longville (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Dr Rachel Hughes (Sport Wales), Julie Rotchell (Sport Wales), April 2013. 

  • Funded Sport Wales PhD: (Three year bursary of £10,000 per annum plus tuition fees (at EU/UK rate) Thesis 2007-2010. Thesis title: Physical Activity, Extracurricular Sport and the '5x60' Initiative: Leisure Lifestyles and Young People in Wales, 2007/2009.

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

  • Awarded PhD Student  as DOS (Three year bursary of £13,726 per annum plus tuition fees at EU/UK rate).

  • Funded £2,450 research project by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol: Project Title: 'Welsh language secondary school physical education (PE) teachers' perceptions of high quality physical education (HQPE)', March 2013.

University of Canberra  

  • Research collaboration with Dr Richard Keegan

  • Invited international panel member for the Australian Sports Commision physical literacy project (2016-2017).

External Examining 

  • External examiner: BA(Hons) Physical Education (PE) in the Secondary School University of Chichester (2016 – present). 

  • External examiner: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Physical Education (PE) University of Chichester (2017-present)

Additional Projects

Aldous, D., Brown, D., & Bryant A. Expediting research relations across Welsh sport, education and employment cultures, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Research and Enterprise, Get Started Fund, £1,000.

Aldous, D., Brown, D., Miles, A., & Bryant, A. (2015) Adapting to the impact of policy-dynamics on the identities, knowledge, pedagogies and practices within Physical Education, Sport, Health and Exercise (PESHE) communities: A Cardiff Metropolitan University Research-Network Event, Submission to Cardiff Metropolitan University Accelerator Fund, £4433, 88. 

Diffey, F., Morgan, K. & Bryant, A. (2012): Project title: Physical Literacy Primary School Research Project. Awarded a £3,000 research project funded by the Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University

I have been awarded a £3,000 research project funded by the Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University: Project team: Fiona Diffey, Dr Kevin Morgan and Dr Anna Bryant. Project title: Physical Literacy Primary School Research Project, Summer 2012. I am a member of the ‘Physical Education Welsh and Bilingual Resources Panel’, Department of Education and Skills.

Qualifications and Awards

BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education (1st class), University of Wales Institute Cardiff
MSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Wales Institute Cardiff
PGCE in Physical Education, University of Wales Institute Cardiff
PhD Title - Physical Activity, Extracurricular Sport and the '5x60' Initiative: Leisure Lifestyles and Young People in Wales, 2007-2009. University of Wales Institute Cardiff
​Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Eric Evans Memorial Award, University of Wales Institute Cardiff for student achieving best Academic Profile in Sports Studies
Thomas Elizabeth Research Scholarship to study for MSc 
AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education) Young Scholars Award - International award in recognition of research work at AIESEP conference Florida
Association for Physical Education (afPE) poster prize - National award for best research poster presented at afPE British conference, Cotswold Park 2003

Sporting / Coaching Profile

Athletics Welsh Senior Athletics International
British Universities Champion Pole Vault Indoors
Captain of University of Wales Athletics Team
Welsh Schools Athletics International (Captain)
Gymnastics Welsh Gymnastics International (Sports Acrobatics)
Hockey South Wales U16 Hockey Squad