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Mr Ben Oakley

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Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer, Sport and Fitness
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • ben.oakley

Professional biography

Ben is Senior Lecturer in Sport and Fitness. He originally established Sport and Fitness qualifications at the Open University in 2007 having previously lectured at Portsmouth and Southampton Solent Universities. He originally worked in sport for a national governing body, the RYA, for 8 years as National Coach in windsurfing including attending the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games. His coaching background and detailed knowledge of online learning has helped guide the development of the subject area at the OU including finessing the approach to work-related learning.

His academic research has focused on sport policy and in particular the development of elite sport systems in different countries and more recently he has supported coach CPD workshops.

A further aspect of his roles has been acting as a media fellow for the University in developing links between academics and media output. He has been an academic consultant with the BBC Olympic Dreams programmes and Channel 4's Chasing Perfection. He has also been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today programme and numerous regional programmes, contributed to the BBC Sport website and the development on online interactive games that explore talent development. 

In 2014 he pulled together this work, existing research and the patterns of 25 sporting autobiographies into a book, Podium: What shapes a sporting champion? published by Bloomsbury - see here.




What do Champions’ Autobiographical Accounts tell us About Athletes’ Learning? (2015-07-01)
Oakley, Ben
Olympic Coach, 26(2) (pp. 20-30)
Oral examination assessment practices: effectiveness and change within a first year undergraduate cohort (2005-04)
Oakley, Ben and Hencken, Clare
Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 4(1) (pp. 3-14)
What makes successful sessions? (2009-07-17)
Oakley, Ben
In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based practice (pp. 243-255)
ISBN : 978-0-415-49156-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Learning how to coach: the different learning situations reported by coaches (2009-07-17)
Wright, Trevor; Trudel, Pierre; Culver, Diane and Oakley, Ben
In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based practice (pp. 219-229)
ISBN : 978-0-415-49155-6. | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice (2009-07-17)
Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-49155-6 | Publisher : Routledge/The Open University | Published : Abingdon
The Sport and Fitness Sector: an Introduction (2008-04-02)
Oakley, Ben and Rhys, Martin eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-45404-9 | Publisher : Open University/Routledge. | Published : Abingdon