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
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?