Dr Richard Medcalf

PL - Head of Student Experience, Progression, Attainment and Employability

Email address: r.medcalf@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321218 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Cross Faculty Areas of expertise: Drivers of change in sports development, evaluation and impact in sports development, inclusion and equity in sport

About

Richard is a Principal Lecturer and Head of Student Experience, Progression, Attainment and Employability in the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing. Prior to joining Wolverhampton in 2011, Richard was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England (Hartpury), and had previously spent 4 years at the University of Worcester where he completed his PhD in Physical Education. Richard teaches on a range of modules across the BA (Hons) Sports Culture Media and Development course and the BA (Hons) Youth Sport. He has previously taught on postgraduate courses in Sport and Leisure, and TNE provision in Singapore.

Richard is co-convenor for the Sport Culture and Physical Education research group, within which he supervises a number of PhD students relating to Sports Development and minority experiences of sport and physical activity. Broadly speaking, Richard’s research interests relate to ethnographic methods and new (visual) technologies which help to further our understanding of how individuals and marginalised populations experience and make sense of their sporting and educational lives. Specifically, his work currently relates to the sporting and educational experiences of children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Outside of Wolverhampton, Richard is an External Examiner at Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth University. He is a Trustee and Director of Sport4Like UK. Richard is on the leadership group of the European Sport Development Network, and Chaired ESDN2014 at the University of Wolverhampton. Previously he was a member of the Local Organising Committee of ICSEMIS2012.

Research interests

  • Sports policy
  • Global sports tornaments

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow (FRSA) of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Qualifications

  • PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • PhD - Children with Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Physical Education
  • PGCert Research Methods (Distinction)
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Studies with Education Studies (First Class)

Publications

Publications:

  • O’Leary, N., Longmore, C. and Medcalf, R. (2014). The influence of occupational socialisation upon a teacher’s interpretation and delivery of Teaching Games for Understanding to pupils experiencing social emotional and behavioural difficulties. Support for Learning, 29(1), 57-75. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9604.12046
  • Medcalf, R. (2014). Research and Scholarship in a ‘HE in FE’ environment. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 15, pp 11-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhlste.2014.03.001
  • Medcalf, R. and Griggs, G. (2014). ‘I never saw him play but we were the best of friends for years’; exploring pseudosocial relationships of football manager bloggers. Communication and Sport.doi:10.1177/2167479514542152
  • O’Leary, N., Longmore, C., and Medcalf, R. (In Press) The influence of childhood experiences upon the teaching of pupils with Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in Physical Education. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12033
  • Medcalf, R. (2011). Pressures and Expectations of an Early Career Researcher. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 5 (1), pp 153-158
  • Burton, E. and Medcalf, R. (2011). Accessing experiences through ‘photo-voice’; children’s perceptions of motivations and barriers towards physical activity participation in rural and urban environments. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 5 (1), pp 19-36
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J., Hardman, K. and Visser, J. (2011). Experiences and Perceptions of Physical Education. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 16(2), p. 189-206 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13632752.2011.569409 
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J. and Rhoden, C. (2006). Exploring the relationship between physical education and enhancing behaviour in pupils with emotional behavioural difficulties. Support for Learning, 21(4), p 169-174 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9604.2006.00427.x

Books/Book Chapters:

  • Biscomb, K., Medcalf, R., and Griggs, G. (forthcoming). Current Issues in Contemporary Sport Development (eds.). London: Cambridge Scholars
  • Medcalf, R. and Biscomb, K. (forthcoming). Opportunity through Sport. In ‘Current Issues in Contemporary Sport Development’ (edited by K. Biscomb, R.Medcalf and G.Griggs). London: Cambridge Scholars
  • Griggs, G. and Medcalf, R. (forthcoming). Inclusive Pedagogy in PE. In ‘Infusing Inclusive Pedagogy Across the Curriculum’ (edited by J. Deppeler, T. Loreman and R. Smith). UK: Emerald
  • Medcalf, R. (2012). Towards more inclusive provision. In ‘Physical Education in the Primary School: An Introduction’ (edited by G.Griggs). London: Routledge, pp 195-207 http://tinyurl.com/dykx5mh
  • Medcalf, R. (2012). Experiencing Physical Education through the filter of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. In ‘Transforming Troubled Lives; Strategies and Interventions with children and young people with Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties’ (edited by J.Visser). UK: Emerald, pp 193-210 http://tinyurl.com/ccb4f9f
  • Medcalf, R. (2011). Inclusion: Issues of SEBD in Physical Education. In ‘Contemporary Issues in Physical Education: International Perspectives’ (Eds. K. Hardman & K. Green). Meyer and Meyer, pp.90-104. http://tinyurl.com/crs2klx

Practitioner Publications and Reports:

Conference Presentations:

Oral presentations/seminars/workshops

  • Longmore, C., O’Leary, N. and Medcalf, R. (2013) The influence of childhood experiences upon the teaching of pupils with Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in Physical Education. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference at University of Sussex, September 3-5, 2013.
  • Longmore, C., O’Leary, N. and Medcalf, R. (2013) The influence of occupational socialization on a first year Physical Education teacher teaching pupils experiencing Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference at University of Sussex, September 3-5, 2013.
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J.J., Hardman, K., Kidman, L. and Visser, J. (2010). Accessing the Experiences and Perceptions of Children and Young People in Physical Education. Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), La Coruna, October 2010
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J., Hardman, K. and Visser, J. (2010). Experiences and Perceptions of Physical Education. SEBDA 2012 International Conference, Oxford, September 2010
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J.J., Hardman, K., Kidman, L. and Visser, J. (2010). Accessing the Experiences and Perceptions of Children and Young People in Physical Education. Researching Young Lives, University of Limerick, April 2010
  • Medcalf, R., Visser, J. and Marshall, J.J. (2009).The Experiences of Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Physical Education. Oral paper to be presented at the 3rd International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Roehampton, London.
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J.J., Visser, J. and Hardman, K. (2008). Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and their experiences of physical education. Oral paper presented at the 2008 International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS), Guangzhou, China.
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J.J., Visser, J. and Hardman, K. (2008). Interpretivist case study methodologies; implications when researching children’s experiences in physical education. Oral paper presented at the 16th Biennial conference of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES), Macau, China
  • Medcalf, R. (2005). The Use of Physical Education as a cathartic function for adolescents suffering from Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD). Oral paper presented at the BASES Student Conference, Aberystwyth (Best Applied Research Award)

Invited Presentations:

  • Medcalf, R. (2010). Listening to Pupils with SEBD; The importance of context and Interpretation. Invited workshops at the 57th SEBDA National Annual Conference, Manchester, UK

Previous professional experience

  • Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Sport and Leisure, University of Wolverhampton
  • Senior Lecturer (R&KT) and Programme Leader, UWE (Hartpury)
  • PhD Student (Bursaried), University of Worcester
  • HPL, University of Worcester

Further information

I am on the advisory board for the Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies

I am a reviewer for the following journals:

  • Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise
  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Sport, Education and Society
  • European Physical Education Review
  • International Journal of Research and Method in Education
  • International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • Journal of Mixed Methods Research
  • Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education

I am the Trustee and Director, Sport4Life UK and Voluntary Princes Trust Awards Assessor

External Examiner Roles - Current

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management course at Nottingham Trent University
  • MA Sport Management at Bournemouth University