Dr Oliver Webb
Profiles

Dr Oliver Webb

Educational Developer

Teaching & Learning Support

Role

Background:

Following my Bachelor’s and PhD studies at the University of Birmingham I lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sports Science and Public Health at the universities of Kingston and Loughborough. These multi-disciplinary courses provided experience of various educational approaches (e.g. lab classes, electronic assessment, fieldwork, and traditional lectures and seminars).

Having developed a keen interest in teaching and learning I joined the University of Exeter as Education Advisor (Programme Approval). This unique role combined two spheres of work. First, delivery of accredited training programmes for new teaching staff, and provision of one-to-one staff support around matters such as assessment design. Second, a quality assurance responsibility, in which I reviewed all new and heavily revised programmes and created institutional policies on programme structure.

I moved to the University of Plymouth in 2015. I support the University's 'Teaching Development Framework' - a scheme through which experienced educators can gain fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. I also teach on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice; deliver bespoke training on a range of teaching and assessment matters; and serve as the designated educational developer for the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. I maintain various research interests, with recent projects focussing on early withdrawal from higher education and the attainment gap for non-traditional students.  

Qualifications

PhD Health Promotion, University of Birmingham

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Birmingham 

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Professional membership

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Educational Publications:


Webb OJ, Cotton DRE. (2018). Deciphering the sophomore slump: changes to student perceptions during the undergraduate journey. Higher Education; 1-18. https://rdcu.be/Mefg

Webb OJ, Cotton DRE. (2018). Early withdrawal from Higher Education: A focus on academic experiences. Teaching in Higher Education; 1-18. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2018.1437130

Webb OJ, Wyness L, Cotton DRE. (2017). Enhancing access, retention, attainment and progression in Higher Education: A review of the literature showing demonstrable impact. York: Higher Education Academy.

Health-related Publications: 

Knox ECL, Biddle SJH, Taylor IM, Latimer-Cheung AE, Webb OJ, Sherar LB. (2015). Messages to promote physical activity: Are descriptors of required duration and intensity related to intentions to be more active? Journal of Education and Health Promotion; 4: 77.

Knox ECL, Webb OJ, Esliger DW, Biddle SJH, Sherar LB. (2014). Using threshold messages to promote physical activity: implications for public perceptions of health effects. European Journal of Public Health; 24: 195-199. 

Webb OJ, Benjamin CC, Gammon C, McKee HC, Biddle SJH. (2013). Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and physical self-perceptions in adolescent girls: A mediation analysis. Mental Health and Physical Activity; 6: 24-29. 

Eves FF, Webb OJ, Griffin C, Chambers J. (2012). A multi-component stair climbing promotional campaign targeting calorific expenditure for worksites; a quasi-experimental study testing effects on behaviour, attitude and intention. BMC Public Health; 12:423. 

Eves FF, Olander EK, Webb OJ, Griffin C, Chambers J. (2011). Likening stairs in buildings to climbing a mountain: Self-reports of expected effects on stair climbing and objective measures of effectiveness. Psychology of Sport and Exercise; 13: 170-176. 

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2011). Promoting stair climbing: the importance of consistent practice when conducting and reviewing interventions. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35:573-574. 

Webb OJ, Eves FF, Smith L. (2011). Investigating behavioural mimicry in the context of stair/escalator choice. British Journal of Health Psychology; 16: 373-385. 

Webb OJ, Smith L. (2011). Promoting stair climbing in public-access settings: an audit of intervention opportunities in England. Preventive Medicine; 53: 321-324. 

Ryan J, Lyon K, Webb OJ, Eves FF, Ryan CG. (2011). Promoting physical activity in a low socioeconomic area: results from an intervention targeting stair climbing. Preventive Medicine; 52: 352-354. 

Webb OJ, Eves FF, Kerr J. (2011). A statistical summary of mall-based stair climbing interventions. Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 8: 558-565. 

Webb OJ, Cheng T-F. (2010). An informational stair climbing intervention with greater effects in overweight pedestrians. Health Education Research; 25: 936-944. 

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2007). Promoting stair climbing: intervention effects generalize to a subsequent stair ascent. American Journal of Health Promotion; 22: 114-119. 

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2007). Effects of environmental changes in a stair climbing intervention: generalization to stair descent. American Journal of Health Promotion; 22: 38-44. 

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2007). Promoting stair climbing: effects of message specificity and validation. Health Education Research; 22: 49-57. 

Eves FF, Webb OJ. (2006). Worksite interventions to increase stair climbing; reasons for caution. Preventive Medicine; 43: 4-7. 

Eves FF, Webb OJ, Mutrie N. (2006). A workplace intervention to promote stair climbing: greater effects in the overweight. Obesity; 14: 2210-2216. 

Edwards L, Ring C, McIntyre D, Carroll D, Clarke R, Webb O, Martin U. (2006) Increases in arousal are associated with reductions in the human nociceptive flexion reflex threshold and pain ratings: evidence of a dissociation between nociception and pain. Journal of Psychophysiology; 20: 259-266. 

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2005). Promoting stair use: single versus multiple stair-riser messages. American Journal of Public Health; 95: 1543-1544.

Additional information

Educational Conference Presentations:


Webb OJ, Cotton D, Nash T. (2016). Predicting early withdrawal from higher education: A focus on academic experiences. Presented at the Higher Education Conference. July 13-15; Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Health-related Conference Presentations:

Published Abstracts:

Ryan J, Lyon K, Webb OJ, Eves FF, Ryan CG. (2010). Promoting physical activity in a low socioeconomic area: results from an intervention targeting stair climbing. Physiotherapy Research International; 15: 246.

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2008). Summarizing the efficacy of public-access stair climbing interventions: a data synthesis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology; 30: S207-S208.

Eves FF, Webb OJ. (2007). A review of point-of-choice stair climbing interventions in worksites. Health Psychology Review; 1: S293.

Eves FF, Puig-Ribera A, Webb OJ. (2007). Paired associate learning of health promotion in pedestrians: effects of contextual cues on stair climbing. Health Psychology Review; 1: S293.

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2007). Stair climbing as a model for increasing population activity levels: an examination of ‘generalisaion effects’. Health Psychology Review; 1: S295.

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2007). Promoting stair climbing: Effects of message specificity and validation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology ;29: S211.

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2006). Promoting stair usage: Message prompts can influence future behaviour. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology; 28: S191.

Webb O, Eves F. (2005). Promoting stair use: Single versus multiple stair-riser messages. Psychology and Health; 20: S288.

Eves F, Webb O, Gillings C. (2005). Effects of different goals within a message for a stair climbing campaign. Psychology and Health; 20: S76.

Other Abstracts:

Knox E, Webb OJ. (2012) Promoting physical activity using 'threshold' messages: implications for public perceptions of the dose-response relationship with health. Presented at the annual meeting of the European College of Sport Science. July 4-7; Bruges, Belgium.

Webb OJ, Benjamin C. (2009). Sedentary behaviour is associated with lower physical self-perceptions. Presented at the annual meeting of The International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. June 17-20; Casçais, Portugal.  

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2009). A statistical summary of the effectiveness of mall-based stair climbing interventions. Presented at the annual meeting of The International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. June 17-20; Casçais, Portugal.

Webb OJ, Eves FF. (2008). Clarifying the efficacy of stair climbing interventions in the workplace. Presented at the annual meeting of The International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. May 21-24; Banff, Canada.