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Staff Profile

Dr Andy Pitchford

Head of Learning and Teaching

Email: a.p.pitchford@bath.ac.uk

Phone: 5023

Room: WH 5.36

Key responsibilities

  • Strategic lead for the Centre for Learning and Teaching
  • Developing and implementing the University Strategy
  • Championing excellence in learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum design
  • Working closely with the Students' Union to further develop student engagement
  • Working collaboratively with other Professional Services and Faculties/Schools in order to maintain excellence

Professional background

  • Variety of leadership roles in higher education, most recently as Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire
  • HEA National Teaching Fellow 2015
  • University of Gloucestershire Research Excellence Award 2015
  • Secured over £2million in grants for community engagement and enterprise projects, 2012-2015
  • Reviewer of HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence
  • External Examiner at wide range of institutions
  • Course Leader, Principal and Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire
  • Contract research manager
  • Contract researcher

Relevant qualifications

  • PhD
  • MA in Leisure Management, University of Sheffield
  • BSc Politics, University of Southampton


  • 2013, with Hardman, J. 'Transformational Learning through Disability Sport Experiences' in I Brittain (ed), Disability Sport: A Vehicle for Social Change?, Champaign, IL: Common Ground.
  • 2013, with Elliot, M and Brackenridge, C. Young people, football and respect? In Parker A and Vinson D (eds) Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play. London: Routledge.
  • 2010, with Collins, M.F. Careers in Sports Development. In Collins, M.F. (ed) Case Studies in Sports Development. London: Routledge.
  • 2009, with Colman, R. Sports Development: An Introduction. In Bill, K (ed) Sports Management. Cambridge: Learning Matters.
  • 2008, with Hobbs, J. Sustainable Development and Sports Development. In Carolyn Roberts (ed) Active Learning and Sustainable Development: Case Studies Across the HE Curriculum. Cheltenham: University of Gloucestershire.
  • 2007, with Brackenridge et al, Child Welfare in Football. London: Routledge.
  • 2005, with Allen Collinson et al, Evaluating Sports-based Inclusion Projects: Methodological Imperatives to Empower Marginalised Young People. In Hylton, K., Long, J. and Flintoff, A. (eds) Evaluating Sport and Active Leisure for Young People. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.
  • 2005, with Bacon, A.W., The Construction of Knowledge: A Case Study of Leisure Management in the UK. Studies in Higher Education. 30 (3).
  • 2005, with Brackenridge et al, Measuring the Impact of Child Protection through Activation States. Sport, Education and Society 10 (2).
  • 2004, with Brackenridge et al, The Football Association's Child Protection Research Project 2002-2006: Rationale, Design and First Year Results. Managing Leisure 24 (3).
  • 2004, with Brackenridge et al, 'Children in Football: Seen but not Heard'. Soccer in Society. 5 (1). 
  • 2000, with Bacon, W. Sports Development and the Public Sector: The Case of Association Bowls. The International Journal of the History of Sport. 17 (1).
  • 1995, with Brivio, P. Sports Development: Fit for Purpose?. In 1995 ILAM Guide to Good Practice. Longman.

Conference/seminar papers and organisation:

  • 2012, with Hardman, J and Farooq, S.: "Sports Studies Curricula and Critical Pedagogy in Action". Disability Sport: A Vehicle for Social Change, Coventry University.
  • 2010, with Hardman, J. "How does Service-Learning Theory in Sport Promote Transformational Learning?" Higher Education Academy Conference, University of Hertfordshire.
  • 2008 International Conference on Studying Sports Development. Keynote, with Cryer, J: A Critical Pedagogy for Sports Development. Brunel University 25th April 2008.
  • 2008 Youth Sport Conference. Keynote: Researching Youth Football. Loughborough University. 20th September 2008.
  • 2003 The FA Child Protection Research Project: Year 2 Findings. Football Association Child Protection Conference. Derby.
  • 2002 The FA Child Protection Research Project: Year 1 Findings. Football Association Child Protection Conference. Derby.
  • 2001 The Vocational Relevance of Leisure Mangement Degrees. LTSN Learning and Teaching Support Network Conference. University of Sheffield.
  • 2001 with Bacon, A.W. Ideology and the Construction of Leisure Management. Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference. University of Luton.
  • 1999 with Bacon, A.W. "No Work, Just Leisure. Stating the case for the critical analysis of work in leisure studies." Leisure Studies Association International Conference, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.