Dr Ian Gardner

Lecturer in Sport and Physical Education

Email: igardner2@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Physical Education and Health in the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. He is also Head Coach of Cardiff Metropolitan RFC who play in BUCS Super Rugby and WRU National Championship.

Ian joined the School in 2016, following 21 years as a Physical Education teacher and Head of Department in Caerphilly. He is formerly Principal Examiner for WJEC AS Physical Education.

Ian is a Module leader for Level 4 Physical Education, Sport Coaching and Pedagogy and Level 6 Advanced Physical Education and Health. Additionally, he is a Level 4 qualified rugby union coach.

Research Interests

  • Constructivist pedagogies within teaching and coaching
  • Mentoring within coaching and teaching
  • Pedagogies around the Health and Well Being AOLE


  • Level 4 Module leader - PE, Sports Coaching and Pedagogy
  • ​Level 6 Module leader - Advanced Physical Education and Health
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Science
  • Applied Sports Pedagogy

Qualifications and Supervision


  • B.A. Hons in Human Movement Studies
  • P.G.C.E in Physical Education (Secondary)
  • MSc Coaching Science
  • PhD - Doctorate in Sports Coaching


  • Wide range of undergraduate areas
  • Doctoral thesis

External Links

WJEC (Exam board) New Specification consultant

Performance and Coaching

Performance (Eugby union player)

Wales U18's

Wales Students

Cardiff Institute RFC (now Cardiff Met)

Caerphilly RFC

Rugby Coaching

Formerly Wales U18's

Bedwas RFC (Welsh Premiership)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

WRU Level 4 coach