Annual British Psychological Society Conference 2017

On 3-5 May 2017, Dr Helen Owton was invited to present in a symposium at the Annual British Psychological Society  at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, UK. She presented in the symposium “Using film in critical arts-based psychological research” with her paper “The video space in sensitive research: Using arts based methods” drawing from her collection of work on employing creative analytical practices investigating sexual abuse in sport.

  • Owton, H. and Sparkes, A. (2017). Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Bella’s story. Sport, Education and SocietyClick here.
  • Owton, H. (2016) A qualitative case study of Sexual Abuse in Sport, Basingstoke, Palgrave Publishers, pp. 109 IBSN 978-3319467955


Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference 2016

Dr Karen Howells presented “Qualitative exploration of Adversarial Growth in Elite Swimmers” at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) Conference 2016 in Mecure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa. The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP) promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists and is part of the British Psychological Society. Karen presented her work as the PhD award winner and received great feedback about her research.

DSEP Karen

Annual BASES Conference 2016


Dr Caroline Heaney presented “Bringing sport psychology into physiotherapy” at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Annual Conference 2016 at Nottingham’s East Midland Conference Centre. BASES  is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK  leading excellence in sport and exercise sciences through evidence-based practice. Caroline’s presentation was extremely well received and this was a great opportunity for her to share her knowledge with other sport and exercise professionals, engage in the latest research in sport and exercise science, and publicise the research and teaching qualifications going on at the open University.

World Golf Fitness Summit 2016

world golf summit

Dr Ben Langdown, Lecturer in Sport and Fitness, attended the World Golf Fitness Summit in New Orleans in October 2016. This is an event which attracts over 600 international coaches, trainers and golf researchers. He presented research from the final experimental chapter of his PhD which assessed the relationship between the overhead squat screening test and movements made in the golf swing. He also suggested how coaches could adapt practice sessions to allow the development of increasingly creative golfers and allow more efficient transfer of strength and conditioning gains into the golf swing.


PhD Award!

Congratulations goes to Dr Karen Howells, Lecturer in Sport & Fitness, who was awarded the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) PhD Award which is awarded annually “to a PhD student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, and innovative contribution to knowledge in the field”.  Karen’s thesis was entitled “A Qualitative Exploration of Adversarial Growth in Elite Swimmers” and was supervised by Dr David Fletcher at Loughborough University.

5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise

QRSE logo  On 1-3 September 2016, Dr Helen Owton attended and presented the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE) at the University of Chichester, UK. She presented in the Creative Arts symposium on “Representing Taboos in Sport and Video Representation as Literature Review” drawing from the following paper:

  • Owton, H. and Sparkes, A. (2016). Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Bella’s story. Sport, Education and Society. Click here.

Dr Owton presented a poster entitled “The Coolness of dance and masculinity” with colleagues (Dr Helen Clegg and Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson).  Also, Helen was invited to run a Visual Methods workshop which was well received and attended.

QRSE workshop 1

The next QRSE conference is due to be held in June 2018 at The University of Toronto in Canada.