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Dr Alan Thomson

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Physical Education
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Alan is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education degree. With particular expertise in understanding teacher interactions and interrelations in physical education departments, his teaching contributes to a range of socio-cultural and pedagogical modules at undergraduate level and to the sociological element of the taught Masters programme. Prior to working at a number of universities, Alan had previously taught in secondary education. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Focusing upon everyday life in physical education departments, Alan is interested in how power is used (and by whom) in different educational contexts. He seeks to make sense of how social and cultural perspectives of embodiment are used to socially construct physical educators' bodies and the role bodies play in the construction of identity. Current research projects include the embodied experiences of late entry physical education students and collaborations with colleagues at Liverpool JMU and Edge Hill that focus upon different perspectives of experiencing SEND. Alan is supervising PhD projects that include the active ageing of sea-kayakers and the experiences of educators in delivering an undergraduate physical education programme at a Chinese university through the medium of English.

Alan started teaching Physical Education at a secondary school on Merseyside, before taken up a post at Edge Hill University. Arriving at the University of Central Lancashire from the University of Lincoln, Alan brings considerable experience of teaching and quality assurance to the role. Over the years he has served on external panels at numerous universities as an advisor on (re)validations and Periodic Reviews and as an External Examiner. Alan also has an extensive background in football, having played to a high level and with many years experience of coaching at both professional and international levels. He is currently serving as a Governor at Wade Deacon High School in Cheshire.