Chris Emsley



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Personal profile


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

Chris' course utilises the digital environment within the students' learning and his experience with this, coupled with his role at the Open University, has given him a wealth of experience in using digital and online tools within teaching and learning. He uses a variety of these methods even within face-to-face teaching, giving the students an experience slightly different to the norm.

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, and more recently being Vice Chair of Bowls Wales. Having a keen interest in the development of sport, Chris is active in the sport sector through his role as a Vice Chair of the CIMSPA Wales Professional Development Board, and as an Independant Non-Executive Director for the Welsh Judo Association.

Teaching interests

Chris' main teaching interests are within modules based upon Community Sport, Physical Education, 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

Senior Fellow, Advance HE

Award Date: 31 Jul 2023

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

14 Sept 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

Independant Non-Executive Director, The Welsh Judo Association

21 Jan 2024 → …

Wales Professional Development Board Member (Vice Chair), Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

May 2023 → …

External Examiner (BSc Coaching: Sport and Fitness), Wrexham Glyndŵr University

May 2023 → …

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 2016Jul 2023


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