Wintringham, Grimsby. 1992-1997
University of Gloucestershire (2000-2003) BSc (Hons) Sport & Ex Sciences with Psych; UWIC (2003-2004) MSc Sport & Ex Sciences; University of Huddersfield (2007-2009) PGCE; University of Hull (2009-present) PhD Psychology
North Lindsey College, Grimsby Institute of FHE, Grimsby Town FC
Associate Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Psychology
Leeds Trinity University College
Favourite thing to do in my job:
I love finding out what makes people tick. As interesting as monitoring human behaviour is, there’s nothing quite like trying to decifer why people do the things they do. In particular, I’m intrigued by morality.
I also love sport. I’m interested in seeing how we can really maximise performance. There are some great studies out there supporting psychological interventions in sport.
I run a sport science with psychology degree at Leeds Trinity University College.
It’s a funny job, lecturing. On the face of it, it looks like my job consists of writing lectures, delivering them and marking work. While this takes up a good portion of my time (especially the marking!), I find the job incredibly diverse.
I am about three-quarters of the way through my PhD so I am working towards that. I also conduct a lot of research in other areas of psychology. I’m a bit of a stats nerd so I spend a lot of time helping people out with analysis and I spend a good chunk of my time in meetings to see how we can improve quality and generally, help the student experience at university.
I also run Trinity Performance, which is an enterprise within our department. This offers coach education, sport science consultancy to performers and fitness assessments. I’m co-chair for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Sport Psychology Interest Group, which helps sport scientists and psychologists work together.
I also drink a lot of tea.
My Typical Day:
The best thing about my job is that there is no typical day.
My typical day changes throughout the year. This could have a focus on marking, writing new courses, doing research, seeing students and the other things I mentioned above. I’d like to refer to all of this as “stuff” from now on. As such my typical day looks like:
8:30ish: Fill kettle and ensure mini-fridge is stocked with milk and have the first cuppa for the day (probably with extra sugar depending on how awake I am)
8:45-12:30ish: Plenty of stuff, interspersed with perhaps a lecture or some individual tutorials.
12.30-13:00ish: Lunch. We normally have a good group of us that have lunch together.
13:00-17:00ish: More stuff, interspersed again with students and/or lectures. There will also be plenty of tea involved here (especially when stuff = marking)
17:00-bedtime: go home and have some sort of personal life interspersed with replying to emails. Sometimes this gets replaced with stuff when there is a deadline fast approaching.
What I'd do with the prize money:
Produce an online package to help students with statistical analysis.
Stats is the number one student fear. I want people to overcome this. I love doing statistical analysis and find it extremely rewarding. I didn’t do well at maths in school and now I find myself producuing stats-based research.
That or take it to Vegas and turn it into thousands!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Difficult to describe.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, but only because I didn’t like doing work. I just wanted to play sport. I was a nice enough kid though.
Tell us a joke.
Veal’s dear isn’t it?