Ms Kay Biscomb

Director of the Institute of Sport (Associate Dean)

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323283 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport & Human Sciences Areas of expertise: Sport Sociology, Exercise Dependence, Media and Sport.


Kay Biscomb is the Director of the Institute of Sport and has been at the University since 1996.  Previously a secondary school PE teacher, she has taught in state schools in Botswana and the UK.  Her main academic discipline is sport sociology within which she has explored print media analysis, exercise dependency and various aspects of identity construction.  She is a retired hockey player

Membership of professional bodies

  • Panel member on Sporting Resolutions
  • Panel member on BBC Audience Council for England Regional Panel


  • B.Ed (Hons) 2:1 Secondary English and PE, Liverpool Polytechnic - 1985 to 1989
  • MA Sport Culture and Society, University of Warwick - 1993 to 1994
  • MBA Higher Education Management, Institute of Education, University of London - 2008 to 2010
  •  Phd “Pathologised subjectivies – a sociological critique of exercise dependence”, University of Gloucestershire - 1996 to 2001


  • Biscomb, K., Matheson, H., Beckerman, N., Tungatt, M. & Jarrett, H.  (2000) Addressing the Issues of Drop out Amongst Adolescent Girls Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Fall, vol 9, no 2 pp 79-98.
  • Rhodes, C., Bill, K., Biscomb, K., Nevill, A. & Bruneau, S. (2002) Widening Participation in Higher Education: Support at the Further Education/Higher Education Interface and its Impact on the Transition and Progression of Advanced GNVQ Students - a Research Report.  Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Vol 54, No 1 pp. 133-145.
  • Groves, M., Biscomb, K., Matheson, H., Nevill, A. (2003) An investigation of the relationship between exercise dependence and self-esteem among sports studies degree students. Journal of sports sciences 21(4), pp348-349.
  • Devonport, T.J., Biscomb, K., Lane, A., Mahoney, C. and Cassidy, T. (2005) Stress and Coping in Elite Junior Netball.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 23(2) p. 162-163.
  • Thorgesen, C., Lane, H., Biscomb, K., Jarrett, H., Lane, A.M. (2007) Women’s Motives to Exercise.  Women and Sport and Physical Activity Journal.  16(1) pp 16-27.
  • Devonport, T.J., Biscomb, K., and Lane, A.M. (2008) Sources of Stress and the use of Anticipatory, Preventative and Proactive Coping by Higher Education Lecturers. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, May, 7(1) pp 70-81.
  • Groves, M., Biscomb, K., Nevill, A. & Matheson, H. (2008) Exercise Dependence, Self-esteem and Identity Reinforcement: A Comparison of Three Universities in the United Kingdom. Sport in Society, 11(1), pp. 59-74.
  • Biscomb, K. Devonport, T, Lane, A.,.(2008) Evaluating the Use of Computer Aided Assessment in Higher Education, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, May, 7(1), pp 82-88.
  • Griggs, G. & Biscomb, K. (2010) Theresa Bennett is 42 …but what’s new?  Soccer and Society, 11(5), pp. 668-676.
  • Biscomb, K., Wiscombe, C., Mallan, J. (2011) “Get Out to Work!” An Evaluation of an Employability Project.  Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, 11 pp. 1-4.
  • Biscomb, K., Griggs, G. (2011) “A Splendid Effort!” – Print Media Reporting of England’s Women’s Performance in the 2009 World Cup Cricket.  International Review for the Sociology of Sport 48(1), pp.
  • Banbury, S., Groves, M. and Biscomb, K. (2011) The relationship between exercise dependence and identity reinforcement: A sociological examination of a gym-based environment in the United Kingdom.  Sport in Society ifirst, 1-18.
  • Biscomb, K. (2012) Three generations of Lancashire women.  Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and PE. 3(3) pp. 253-265
  • Devonport, T. J., Lane, A. M., & Biscomb, K. (2013). Stress and coping in national adolescent netball. Journal of Clinical Sport
  • Psychology.  Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 7(2). pp. 161-177.
  • Leflay, K., Griggs, G. & Biscomb, K. (2014) Through the fire: the project kids of Coney Island.  Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media and Politics.  Pp. 1-11.
  • Biscomb, K. (2015) Accessing the Dream: An Evaluation of a Teacher’s Resource Pack.  Education 3-13  (in review).

Previous professional experience

Director of the Institute of Sport (Associate Dean), University of Wolverhampton.

  • Associate Dean (Academic)
  • Head of Sports Studies
  • Senior Lecturer – Sport Sociology
  • Main Scale Teacher of PE