Enhancing and promoting the experiences of young people Enhancing and promoting the experiences of young people

The Sport, Health and Education (SHE) research area brings together colleagues in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning whose research expertise centres on four themes:

Motivational aspects of Sport, Health and Education

Gender and Media in Sport

Coach and Teacher Education

Health and Physical Activity in Society

Group members are currently working on a range of projects across these four areas including:

  • Professional identity of teachers of PE
  • The development of pupils' and teachers' health content knowledge
  • Exploring the effects of motivational profiles in PE across educational transitions
  • Descriptions of the men's and women's GB football teams in The Times newspaper during the 2012 Olympics Games
  • Decorative women in sports media coverage in The Observer.


Dr Kim Bartholomew: Motivation in sport, exercise and education
Dr Lee Beaumont : Research interests lie in the area of Physical Education pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on health-related policy and practice within the physical education curriculum and the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles in young people.
Dr Amy Pressland: The intersection of gender, sport sociology, traditional and social medias with representation, national identity, bodies, stereotyping, femininity and masculinity.
Dr Kate Russell: Gender, bodies and sexuality in sport, physical education and school contexts.
Dr Victoria Warburton: Motivation in sport, health and physical education, psychology of physical activity and health.

Postgraduate student members

There are opportunities for postgraduate and doctoral study in Sport, Health and Education through EDUs PhD, EdD, MRes and MA programmes.

The group hosts a number of full-time and part-time postgraduate students:

Michael Bennett (EdD):‘Developing a person-centred well-being model for professional footballers’: Supervised by Dr Victoria Warburton.

Andrea Hall (EdD): ‘Primary PE and the Pupil Premium: Supervised by Dr Lee Beaumont and Dr Amy Pressland.

Gary Hargreaves (MRes): ‘Coach Leadership, the Coach-Athlete Relationship and Anxiety in Youth Sport’: Supervised by Dr Lee Beaumont.

James Hupton (EdD): ‘Effects of Physical Activity on Classroom Behaviour’: Supervised by Dr Victoria Warburton.

James Newman (EdD): ‘Bullying in Sport’: Supervised by Dr Victoria Warburton.

Rosie Peck (EdD): ‘Understanding the quality of motivation experienced by junior doctors and how this impacts upon learning engagement and performance outcomes’: Supervised by Dr Victoria Warburton.

Rebecca Tuff (PhD): ‘Coach Behaviour Profiles in the University Sports Environment: Supervised by Dr Victoria Warburton.