Mrs Belinda Bowd

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Health

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323301 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport & Human Science Areas of expertise: Development and design of exercise intervention in diverse populations; Accreditation and development of programmes with professional awarding bodies


leader in Exercise and Health.   Prior experience included running a successful training agency for fitness professionals, lecturing and course management at a further education college and external examining for OCR and Edexcel.  Belinda has always been keen to promote the benefits of exercise and has worked with local community groups and professional football clubs.  Her primary research interest is exercise behaviour and health promotion in diverse populations and is currently involved in a university work site exercise intervention at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall campus.

Other research interests include academic publications in teaching and learning, and in 2009, Belinda received, from her university, an award for her contribution and involvement in teaching and learning innovation..  Moreover, in 2012, she received the inaugural DVC Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience (teaching) Award from the University of Wolverhampton.

Research interests


  • Development and design of exercise interventions in diverse populations Accreditation and development of academic programmes with professional awarding bodies
  • Teaching and learning in FE and HE

Membership of professional bodies

Member of British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA)


2009 - Present:   Working towards PhD completion January 2017: University of Wolverhampton

2006:  PGCert. in Higher Education: University of Wolverhampton

2001:  MSc. Sport, Health and Exercise Science: University of Staffordshire

1997:  BA (Hons.) Sports Studies: University of Wolverhampton 



Groves, M., Bowd, B., and Smith, J. (2010) Experiential learning of study skills in sports students. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 34(1), 11 – 22. 

Smith, J., Groves, M., Bowd, B., and Barber, A. (2012). Facilitating the development of study skills through a blended learning approach. International Journal of Higher Education, 1(2), 108 – 117. 

Groves, M., Leflay, K., Smith, J., Bowd, B., and Barber, A. (2013). Encouraging the development of higher-level study skills using an experiential learning framework. Teaching in Higher Education 18(5), 

Conference Presentations

Bowd. B. (2013) Need satisfaction, behaviour regulation and exercise identity amongst middle and older adults using self-selected health and walking goals in a university work site twelve week walking intervention. Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences 9th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences,  Athens, Greece

 Potts, S., and Bowd, B. (2007) Physical activity behaviour and beliefs in nulliparous and multiparous pregnant women. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference: University of Bath

Bowd, B. (2005) Exercise behaviour in the ageing Caucasian female population.  British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference: University of Wolverhampton

Previous professional experience

  • 2004 – Present : Course Leader and Senior Lecturer,  Exercise and Health: University of Wolverhampton
  • includes leading the accreditation of the degree with Register of Exercise Professionals and SkillsActive
  • 1999 - 2004: Director: Progress Fitness and Training Company (OCR accredited)
  • 1998 – 2003: Team Leader Sport and Exercise Science/ Exercise and Fitness: Sutton College
  • 1998:  Visiting Lecturer Sport and Exercise Science: Staffordshire University
  • 1995-1997 – Lecturer Exercise and Fitness: Bilston College