Chris Emsley



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Chris is a Senior Lecturer, and Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) delivering across levels 4-7 of the sports courses here at USW. He is the Course Leader for the FdSc Coaching and Development, the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development (Top-Up) (in partnership with the English Football League Trust and Wigan Warriors), and the BA (Hons) Sports Business and Management.

Having long been involved with the placement programme at USW, first as a student himself, then mentoring students as a member of USW Alumni, Chris is enthusiastic and passionate about the importance of high quality, relevant placements and the potential impact they can have on a students’ development. Professionally, Chris comes from a background working in Sport Development at both Local Authority and National Governing Body level, having worked for WalesGolf and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Having a keen interest in the development of sport, Chris is active in the sport sector through his role as Non-Executive Director (and Vice Chair) with BowlsWales.

Teaching interests

Chris' main teaching interests are within modules based upon Community Sport, Physical Education, and Employability and Work-Based Learning. He has extensive Module Leadership experience at Levels 4-6 across the range of Coaching degrees at USW, and is a Module Contributor at Level 7 on the MA Leadership in Sport.

Research interests

Curriculum Design, Employability, Physical Education and Community Sport

Education/Academic qualification

Leadership in Sport, Master of Arts, An analysis of soft skill development within undergraduate sports degree programmes, University of South Wales

14 Sep 201712 Dec 2019

Award Date: 13 Dec 2019

Physical Education (Secondary), PGCE , University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

Award Date: 31 Jul 2011

Sport Studies, BSc

Award Date: 31 Jul 2010

External positions

Associate Lecturer, Open University, The

Aug 2021 → …

ClubSolutions Tutor, Sport Wales

1 Jan 20201 Dec 2022

Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair, BowlsWales

1 May 2016 → …


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