Dr Nick O'Leary trained as a secondary teacher
with a specialism in PE (and history as a second subject) at St.
Luke’s College, University of Exeter. He taught in Secondary
schools for a total of 18 years in London, Bath, Calne, Whitley Bay
and finally Brighton, where he was Head of Department.
Along the way Nick completed an M.Ed at the
University of Newcastle and developed an interest in basketball
which he has keenly pursued, rising to the level of England Senior
Basketball Coach. He is also an England Basketball Course Tutor and
Executive Officer of the Basketball Coaches Association.
He has been Course Leader and Senior Lecturer
in PE at the University of Wolverhampton for 12 years. Nick
completed an Ed.D at the University of Bath in 2012.
On a personal note Nick takes a keen interest
in the Boston Celtics and Arsenal FC. He enjoys travelling, reading
and jogging in his spare time. He is married to Sharon and has
three children, Aidan, Amy and Anna.
Nick's research interests primarily lie around the influence of
occupational socialisation upon Physical Education teachers. In
particular he is interested in how current and past experiences
influence how teachers interpret and teach various aspects of the
Physical Education curriculum.
Nick has been asked by Sport Structures, a nationally recognised
sports management consultancy company to write and launch a
national qualification to aid sports coaches understanding and
coaching of games in 2012.
2009: Funding from the Centre for
Learning and Teaching for a collaborative project developing jigsaw
learning in Physical Education (£3000)
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