Dr Richard Medcalf

Director of the Institute of Sport and Human Sciences

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

About

Richard is Director of the Institute of Sport and Human Science in the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing. Prior to this role he was Associate Dean (Academic Enhancement) in the Offices of the Vice Chancellor.

 

Broadly speaking, Richard’s research interests relate to applied 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.

 

I am Vice-Chair and a Company Director for Sport 4 Life (UK), a charity based in central Birmingham that is committed to empowering and inspiring young people to unlock their true potential through our sports-themed personal development programmes.

 

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (MCiMSPA).

Research interests

  • Sports policy
  • Global sports tournaments
  • Inclusion in Sport
  • Monitoring & Evaluation in Sport

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

  • O’Leary, N., Longmore, C., and Medcalf, R. (2015) 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, 15 (4), pp 247-256.

  • 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

  • Medcalf, R. and Mackintosh, C. (Eds) (in press). Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity. London: Routledge https://tinyurl.com/yaouc46d

  • Biscomb, K., Medcalf, R., and Griggs, G. (2016). Current Issues in Contemporary Sport Development (eds.). London: Cambridge Scholars http://tinyurl.com/zzcmyv7

     

Book Chapters

  • Medcalf, R. and Mackintosh, C. (in press). The Research Process. In ‘Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity’, (edited by R. Medcalf and C.Mackintosh). London: Routledge

  • Medcalf, R. (in press). Researching Difference. In ‘Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity’, (edited by R. Medcalf and C.Mackintosh). London: Routledge

  • Mackintosh, C. Medcalf, R. (in press). Researching Difference and Otherness: Next Steps and Challenges in Sport and Physical Activity. In ‘Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity’, (edited by R. Medcalf and C.Mackintosh). London: Routledge

  • Medcalf, R. and Biscomb, K. (2016). Opportunity through Sport. In ‘Current Issues in Contemporary Sport Development’ (edited by K. Biscomb, R.Medcalf and G.Griggs). London: Cambridge Scholars, pp1-8

  • Griggs, G. and Medcalf, R. (2015). 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

Previous professional experience

  • Associate Dean (Academic Enhancement), Offices of the Vice Chancellor
  • Principal Lecturer, Head of Student Experience Progression Attainment and Employability (FEHW)
  • Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Sport and Leisure, University of Wolverhampton
  • Senior Lecturer (R&KT) and Programme Leader, UWE (Hartpury)