Ms Kay Biscomb

Director of Business Excellence

Email address: K.Biscomb@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323283 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: . Areas of expertise: Print media research on women athletes, Women and girls in Sport, Equality and Diversity, Sport Sociology, Exercise dependence, Media & Sport

About

Kay started her career as a PE teacher in secondary education in Botswana and England.  After undertaking her first masters degree she started her PhD at University of Gloucestershire under Celia Brackenridge.  Kay joined the staff at the University of Wolverhampton in 1996 and since then has been Head of Department and Associate Dean.  Her research interests are media representation, equality and identity issues in sport. 

Research interests

Print media research on women athletes

Women and girls in sport

Equality and diversity

Membership of professional bodies

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

    • Executive Committee 2000-2004

    • Member of the Luton 2001 Conference Co-ordinating Committee

    • Represented LSA on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Learned Societies (2002-2004)

    British Sociological Association (not current)

    North American Society for Sport Sociology (not current)

    BASES 2006 Conference Organising Committee

    Association of Past Students: IM Marsh College of PE Executive Committee (2004-2006)

    Member of West Midlands Sports Board (2000-2003)

    West Midlands Sports Board sub-committee for the Active Communities Development Fund (2001-2003)

    Member of the West Midlands Sports Board equity and inclusion working group (2001-2003)

    Member of the Wolverhampton PE and Schools Forum (2006-2007)

    Deputy Chair West Midlands Sport Theme Group – Contact KE (2007-2010)

     

    Internal reviewer:

     

    • Member of Standing Panel for internal review and revalidation since 1998 and then Member of University Quality Panel 

    • MA English 1998

    • BA (Hons) English 1998

    • BA (Hons) Theology 2000*

    • PG Dip Social Work*

    • BA (Hons) War Studies*

    • BA (Hons) Politics*

    • BA (Hons) English for Business*

    • MA Applied Mental Health 2003*

    • BA (Hons) Media and Communication Studies 2003*

    • BA (Hons) Public Relations 2005*

    • BA (Hons) History 2004*

    • BA (Hons) Sociology 2004*

    • BA (Hons) English 2004*

    • FD Broadcast Journalism 2004*

    • Wolverhampton International Foundation Language Programme 2005*

    • Broadcast Journalism 2006*

    • BA (Hons) American Studies, History, Politics, War Studies 2006-7*

    • PQ Social Work 2007*

    • BA (Hons) Social Care 2007*

    • BA (Hons ) Social Work 2008*

    • PQ Social Work 2008*

    • LPC Law 2009*

    • FD Uniformed Public Services 2009*

    • FD Pharmaceutical Technology 2010*

    • MA Management 2010*, Global College, Cyprus

    • BA English for International Business Communications 2010*, Global College Cyprus

    • BSc Business Information Systems 2010*, Global College Cyprus

    • BA Business Management 2010*, Global College Cyprus

    • BA (Hons) Integrated Resort Management 2011, CINEC, Sri Lanka

    • LLB (Hons) 2012*, Ramnath Jeetah Trust, Mauritius

    • LLM CPE (Common Professional Examinations)* 2012 Mauritius

    • LLM International Commercial & Financial Law*, 2012 Mauritius

    • LLM International Commercial & Financial Law (Oil & Gas)* 2012 Mauritius

    • LLM Professional Practice* 2012, Mauritius

    • MA Education* 2012, Mauritius

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Teacher Education* 2012, Mauritius

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring*, 2012 Mauritius

    • Suite of PG degrees in Science and Engineering*, 2013

    • BA (Hons) and MA Social Work*, 2013

    • Pharmacy Subject Review, 2014

    • FD Arts Event Management, 2015*

    • BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue, 2015*

    • BA (Hons) Business Management, 2015* (Mauritius)

    • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems, 2015* (Mauritius)

    • MSc Strategic Information technology Management, 2015* (Mauritius)

    • MSc Information technology Management, 2015* (Mauritius)

    • BEng (Hons) Computer Engineering* (Arab Open University)

    • BEng (Hons) Communications Engineering* (Arab Open University)

    • BEng (Hons) Electronics Engineering* (Arab Open University)

    • LLB International Law* (Arab Open University)

     

    External Reviewing:

     

    • External advisor for review and revalidation panel North East Wales Institute, Wrexham (u/g Sports Studies) (2000)

    • External advisor for validation panel University of Central Lancashire (u/g Golf management) (2002)

    • External advisor for validation panel University College Worcester (p/g International Sport) (2005)

    • External advisor for review and revalidation panel University of Central Lancashire (u/g Sports Studies)(2006)

    • External advisor for validation panel University of Derby (u/g Sports joint honours)(2007)

    • Paper reviewer for Health Care for Women International, Journal of Sport Sciences, Applied Psychology Health and Well Being, Communication and Sport, Business and Economics Journal, Journal of Languages and Culture, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Organization, Journalism, Theory, Practice and Criticism

    • Book reviewer for Butterworth Heinemann (2007 and 2008)

    • External advisor for validation panel for University College Worcester (u/g) (May 2008)

    • External advisor for validation panel for University Gloucestershire (u/g) (April 2008)

    • External advisor for validation panel for Leeds Trinity (u/g) (May 2008)

    • External advisor for Periodic Course Review for Leeds Metropolitan University (BA Sport Business Management) (May 2011)

    • External advisor for Academic Review (Sport) for Sheffield Hallam University (June 2011)

    • External panel member for University of Northampton – re-approval event for college partner (Dec 2011)

       

      Peer Reviewed Publications:

       

    • 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)

Qualifications

  • 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

Publications

  • 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

Associate Dean (Director of the Institute of Sport)

 

Strategic responsibility for all aspects of sport within the

University: curriculum, research, facilities, student representation, student participation

•        Line manager for five PLs

•        Line manager for Head of Sports Facilities

•        Line manager for two Professors

•        Strategic lead in the faculty for Health and Safety, Wellbeing,

 

 

Associate Dean (Academic)

•        Line manager for Head of Sports Studies

•        Line manager for cross school PL in Learning and Teaching

•        Strategic responsibility for learning and teaching across the

School (5 subjects)

•        All review and revalidation activities across the school

•        Responsibility for staff induction and student experience

•        Chair of Award Boards, Mitigating Circumstances Board, APL

Board

•        Deputy Chair of School Quality and Enhancement Committee

•        Member of a range of University committees: Quality,

External Examiners, Academic Regulations, Mitigating Circumstances, Post Graduate Review

•        Member of a range of School committees

•        Chair of Internal Validation Panel

•        Subject specialism – sport sociology

•        Two Phd supervisions to completion

•        One Mphil student to completion

•        Five current Phd students

•        SCORE Short term fellow Open University 2011

 

 

 

Head of Sports Studies

•        Line management for academic staff

•        Resource management for subject specific labs and rooms

•        Strategic and operational responsibility for the Sports portfolio of courses

•        Chair of Subject Board

•        Chair of a range of departmental based committees

•        Budgetary responsibility for the Department

•        Representation of Sport at School committees

•        Deputy Chair of Standing Panel

•        Subject specialism – sport sociology

•        Two Phd supervisions to completion

Principal Lecturer – Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator

•        Responsibility for the School L and T strategy

•        Delivery of staff development to support L and T

•        Member of University Learning and Teaching working group

•        Member of University Academic Planning Committee

•        Phd supervisors course 2002

 

Senior Lecturer – Sport Sociology

•        Delivery of sport sociology modules

•        MA Sports Studies course leader

•        Member of school committees: L and T, Research, Quality

 

Main Scale Teacher of PE

•        All practical areas

•        Extra curricular activities offered in hockey, tennis, rounders, dance

•        Teacher of GCSE PE

 

 

 

Further information

External Examinerrole for an academic programme (give University, programme title, level of award and duration of appointment)

 

Previous

Edge Hill University – Sports Studies and Sports Development (2010-2014)

Bourneville College - Access to HE programme (Open College Network) (2000-2001)

Solent University - BA Sport and Business (2002 - 2007)

Dudley College - Access to HE programme (Open College Network) (2002-2003)

Winson Green Prison - PE Course (Open College Network) (2003-2004 and 2004-5)

Shrewsbury Prison - PE Course (Open College Network) (2005-6; 2006-7)

South Birmingham College – Walk 2000, Preparing for Employment in Public Services, Skills for Working in Public Services, Opportunities for Learning (Open College Network) (2004-5 and 2005-6)

University Wales, Newport – MSc Sport and Media (2005 – programme did not recruit)

Edge Hill University BA(Hons) Sport Development (2009 – 2014)

 

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Independent Member of the Standards Committee

2005 – 2010

Sporting Resolutions

Arbitration Panel – Specialist Member

2012-2017

Black Country BeActive – Board Member 2014-2017