Jessica is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Fitness at the Open University. She has worked as an academic at the university since October 2011. Prior to that she worked as an associate lecturer at the Open University and as a lecturer in sport and exercise science within the FE sector.
Jessica's specialist areas include the topics of youth sport participation, female sports participation and the influence of the family in sport. Jessica has completed her PhD investigating the socio-cultural influences on women's participation in club sport, including the role of the family.
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Jessica is the Programme Leader for Sport and Fitness and has been involved in the writing and development of all modules in the sport and fitness programme. A sample of Jessica's authoring includes:
E314 - Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise
E312 - Exploring Psychological Aspects of Athletic Development
E235 - Sport and Exercise Psychology in Action
E236 - Applying Sport and Exercise Sciences to Coaching
217 - Sport and Conditioning Science into Practice
E117 - Introduction to Sport and Fitness
Jessica also holds various additional roles within the university including Academic Conduct Officer for Sport and Fitness and Student Voice and Wellbeing Ambassador for Sport and Fitness.
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Jessica disseminates her knowledge of sport and exercise sociology in ways that are designed to engage diverse communities and foster knowledge exchange. Examples of media used to disseminate such knowledge include:
Jessica has been an academic contributor to news articles:
Jessica has worked with the BBC as an academic consultant:
Jessica was the lead author working with the TES to produce a CPD course for primary school teachers to develop confidence in delivering the primary curriculum.