Dr. Adrian Ibbetson

Associate Dean of School

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR159

+44 (0) 1772 89 4625

Full Profile

Educational and Professional Background

1991 Degree: BA (Sp.Hons.) Sport and Recreation Studies, University of Birmingham

1993 MA Leisure Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada

1998 PhD (Management Development Programmes using the Outdoors) University of Birmingham)

2001 PGCE (F.E. & H.E.), Crewe & Alsager, MMU


Ibbetson, A., Watson, B. & Ferguson, M. (Eds.) (2003) Sport, Leisure and Social Inclusion, Publication No. 82, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.

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Current Research Projects

Currently coordinating an external research project for Sports England evaluating the National Coaching Agency Pilot Project (£25,000).

Completed Research Projects (Since 2001, Starting With The Most Recent)

Contract research for FA into Child Protection issues on behalf of Celia Brackenridge ltd. (£15,000)

Urban Regeneration HEFCE Project – Developing the employability of coaches (£55,000 in partnership with Salford University)


Sport England £25,000
FA Research Project £15,000
HEFCE Urban Regeneration project £55,000

Research Degree Supervision

Don Cock (awarded 2007) ‘Development of REFERQUAL; an Instrument for Evaluating Service Quality in GP Exercise Referral Schemes’.

Ashley Hardwell (awarded 2007) ‘Core Value Fragmentation in UK Rock Climbers’

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Sports policy and development relating to participation and performance

Outdoor management development


2008 - HE Academic Advisor for Sport for NW Universities Association 2012 Sports Volunteerism project

2007 - HE Representative for NW Sport and Active Leisure Skills and Productivity Alliance

2007 - External Examiner, University of Sunderland, Sports Development degree programme.

2007 - UCLan NW Universities Association London 2012 Olympic Representative

2007 - Sport England NW Coaching Steering Group member

2008 - External Examiner, University of Sunderland for Sport and Exercise Development degree programmes.

2008 - External Validation Panel Member for degree in Adventure Tourism, Lochaber College, University of the Highlands and Islands.

2006 - External Panel Member for Periodic Course Review, Applied Sports Management Programmes, Bournemouth University.

2007 - Preston Cultural Forum Group member

2006 - 2007 Preston Strategic Partnership Culture Thematic Working Group member

2006 - Chair of the Sport and Physical Activity Alliance for Preston

2005 - Member of the Cumbria Sport Review Steering Group

2005 - External Validation Panel Member for Outdoor Recreation Management Foundation Degree at Skipton College, through University of Bolton.

2003 - 2007 External Examiner, University of Derby, for the Sport Studies HND/Degree programmes.

2003 - 2007 External Examiner, Salford University for the Sport and Leisure Management HND/Degree programmes.

2003 - External Panel Member for Quinquennial Review of Sports Science/Studies programmes at the University of Sunderland.

2002 - External Validation Panel Member for degrees in Sports Development, Sport & Leisure Management and Sports Science & Coaching, Bolton Institute of Higher Education.