Dr Lucy Spowart
Profiles

Dr Lucy Spowart

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Postgraduate Education

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

  • Educational Developer 
  • Tutor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice 

 

 

Qualifications

B.A. (Hons) Sport and Recreation Studies, Staffordshire University, 1989.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Exeter, 1997.
MSc Sport Sociology (Distinction). University of Leicester, 2004.
Postgraduate Paper in Qualitative Research in Education, 2008.
Ph.D. Sport Sociology. Title: 'Snowboarding Mums Carve out Fresh Tracks: Collective Stories from the Mountains of Aotearoa/New Zealand'

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Previous Employment


2011-12
Education Advisor
, the University of Exeter

2010-11
Senior Lecturer, Sport, Recreation and Event Management, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

2007-10
Various teaching and learning roles at the University of Otago whilst completing my PhD e.g. Study Skills Tutor for the Maori Centre;   Teaching Assistant; Research Assistant

2005-07
Sport Development Manager,
Sport Waitakere Regional Sports Trust. Member of the management team. Key roles included: community development and training; staff training and development; preparation of funding applications; research and strategic planning.

1997-2005
Senior Lecturer, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, The University College of st. Mark and St. John. Teaching on a range of practical and theoretical modules; Teacher training; Supervision of undergraduate dissertations; Member of the Institution's Teaching and Learning Committee.

1995-1997
Programme Co-ordinator, Leisure and Tourism, St. Austell College, Cornwall.

1993-1995
Lecturer, Leisure and Tourism, St. Austell College, Cornwall

1990 - 1993
Part-time lecturer in Health and Fitness, and Leisure and Tourism, St. Austell College, Cornwall

Additionally:

2000-2005
Tutor for the Youth Sports Trust
Tutor for the National Coaching Foundation

1998-2000
Adult Education Tutor (part-time), Estover Community College, Plymouth.

1995-1998
Tutor for the Central Council of Physical Recreation

Professional membership

  • Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education
  • Member of the South West Educational Developers Forum

Roles on external bodies

Academic Link person for Greenwich School of Management's Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice 2014 - current

Senior External panel member for Manchester Metropolitan University's in-house accreditation scheme 2012-2014

External panel member for the inaugural accreditation panel for Aston University's Institutional teaching accreditation scheme for experienced teachers in H.E, 2013.

External panel member for the periodic review of the Masters in Education, Falmouth College of Arts, 2012.

Subject Specialist Reviewer in the area of sport, leisure and hospitality for the Quality Assurance Agency, UK. Five external reviews of Universities and Colleges in the UK conducted (2000-2002).

Teaching interests

My teaching interests and specialisms are:

  • Teacher education
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Authentic Learning
  • Peer Mentoring/Peer Assessment

Previous Teaching and Learning Experience

As a Sport Management/Development Lecturer:


Lecturing, practical teaching, small group teaching, supervision (undergraduate to Masters), Study skills, Work-based learning

Staff serving as external examiners

Senior External panel member for MMU's teaching accreditation scheme 2013-14

Research interests

Recent Awards and Project Involvement

  • 2016/17 Principal Investigator on a project entitled: 'A cross-institutional comparison of staff experiences of gaining HEA recognition through in-house Professional Frameworks (£8128)
  • 2015 Principal Investigator on a PedRio funded project entitled: 'Largely invisible: Lone parents’ experiences of Higher Education at Plymouth Universit' (£8284.10)
  • 2014 Member of the project team on the HEA National Project 'Evaluating teaching development in H.E:towards impact assessment' (£100,000)
  • 2013 Principal Investigator on a project exploring staff engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching in H.E
  • 2011 Steering Group member for Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) COLLABORATE project : working with employers and students to design assessment enhanced by the use of digital technologies
  • 2011 Co-researcher on a collaborative project with the University of Otago exploring the experiences of Postgraduate students involved in a peer mentoring project
  • 2011-12 Principal investigator on a project exploring the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to community engagement within Sports Programmes at the University College St. Mark and St. John.
  • 2010 Research Assistant on a project exploring girls experiences of Physical Education at Secondary Schools in New Zealand 
  • 2008-2010 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship ($40,000NZ)
  • 2007: University of Otago Research Grant for $5000NZ to investigate the newly established Surfing Mums Group in Mount Maunganui and Tauranga using qualitative research methods.
  • 2007-2008 University of Otago Division of Science Award ($7,500NZ)
  • 2006 Successfully wrote a $250,000NZ bid to Sport and Recreation New Zealand to fund the appointment of an ‘Active Schools Co-ordinator’ in the Waitakere region of Auckland.

Additional information

I enjoy triathlon and multisport events. I completed Speights Coast to Coast World Multi-sport event February 2010. I was also a bronze medallist in the World Long Course Triathlon Age-Group Championships, Perth, Australia, 2009. I have completed several Ironman and Long Distance triathlons, and will be competing in Challenge Wanaka, New Zealand in February 2017. I am also a Level 3 Triathlon Coach and Head Coach at Plymouth Triathlon Club.