Alison continued her work in Higher Education at Wolverhampton
University in 2002, having spent the previous six years at Newman
College in Birmingham lecturing in sport related degrees. Her
teaching career began in a Secondary School in Berkshire, teaching
Physical Education and Maths.
In 1987, Alison began teaching in Sixth Form colleges, and it
was here that she became the Head of a Department. Before moving
into H.E., Alison taught ‘A’ level Physical Education at Solihull
Sixth Form College, and it was during this time that she was able
to study for a Masters in Sport Science at Loughborough
Alison specialises in Physical Education and Sport Psychology,
but has a passionate interest in student support issues and this is
where her main focus of research has been, especially focusing on
first year undergraduates.
Alison spent most of her life involved in many sports, but
played hockey from the age of eleven up until a few years ago. She
played for many teams over the years, but experienced her highest
playing level in her early forties, playing National League with
Hampton in Arden. Retirement from the game a few years ago meant
that she had to replace her need for physical activity with a
number of other activities.
Today she still likes to jog and cycle, and a four legged
addition to the house means walking has become a big part of her
Alison teaches on a variety of modules across the undergraduate
curriculum in the Sport and Physical Activity Department. These
modules include Academic Skills, Sport Psychology, Child
Development, Practical Studies and Research Methods.
Focus on student support issues for the department. This
involves looking at retention and progression with Level 4
Alison’s research interest primarily lies around student support
issues, especially relating to aiding the learning experience of
undergraduate first year students. This includes the wide area of
learning and teaching, in particular the first year experience and
aspects related to blended learning for module delivery.
2009: Award for teaching and learning innovation, University of
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