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Mark Uphill

looking forward to the chat later this morning!

Favourite Thing: Case studies with individual athletes to help them regulate their emotions and perform better is something that is rewarding for me, and can make a real difference to the participants themselves.

My CV

School:

Highbury County Secondary School (now Wyvern College), Wiltshire

University:

University of Chichester, (1993-1996), Sports Studies (with coaching science)

Work History:

The Laboratory Spa and Health Club, Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology

Employer:

Canterbury Christ Church University

Current Job:

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Me and my work

My work focusses athletes’ emotions, the impact of those emotions on performance and the strategies athletes can use to regulate emotions.

My Typical Day

My 5 month old baby normally wakes me up early!

After that, I could be teaching students, marking their work, interviewing athletes, writing a book chapter, or entering some results on a computer. It is really varied, which makes it enjoyable!

What I'd do with the money

I’d like to produce a DVD for parents!

Often when athletes are young, the person/people travelling with athletes to competition are their parents or guardians. Parents can influence the emotions athletes have by the things they do and say. The DVD would be a guide to helping athletes arrive at competition in the best frame of mind possible!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Calm, motivated, inquisitive

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

I’ve a huge admiration for the dedication of elite athletes. I’d have loved to have been an athlete, but either luck or absence of talent worked against me. My children miss me when I go to a conference for a couple of days, so right now I’m happy being a scientist!

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

I’d like to have a body that could split itself in two so I could be in two places at once! Does that count?

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

I’d like to win the golf event in 2016, because it defy most of what we know about achieving excellence in sport!

What did you want to be after you left school?

I didn’t have a good idea of what I wanted to be, but I really enjoyed sport, psychology, and human biology so I ended up studying sport science

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

I had a week’s lunchtime detention for kicking a stone around the playground at junior school after a spongeball was confiscated! I’m still astonished!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I’m still really proud of my undergraduate dissertation. It didn’t get published, because of the small sample size, but it taught me a huge amount about “doing” science.

Tell us a joke.

How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? One, but the lightbulb must want to change!