Chris Gunn

Chris Gunn

Lecturer: Sport and Wellbeing

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building GR163

+44 (0) 1772 89 5491

Subject Areas: Sport and Sport Management

Chris joined the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors in September 2011 having previously worked in a variety of sport and education settings for over 20 years. He is an active coach and member of various organisations, including the England and Wales Cricket Board, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, the Chartered Management Institute and is a committee member on the Lancashire Cricket Coaches Association and Preston Sports Forum. 

Chris is currently taking a professional doctorate and researching aspects linked to voluntary sports clubs. 

Full Profile

Chris joined UCLan in September 2011 having previously worked in a variety of sport, leisure and education environments, gaining experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  He has held a variety of management roles and been responsible for numerous sporting, social and educational projects, working with government agencies and various delivery consortia. His interests in student support and sport have seen Chris present at regional and national conferences. He has also provided consultancy to Further Education Colleges on matters of Student Support, Retention and Achievement as well as writing resources for exam boards and book reviewing for Pearson Education.

Having coached for many years, Chris has also managed a variety of summer school programmes, begun business ventures and used his knowledge and experience to help students gain employment post-graduation.


BA(Hons) - Politics (University of Huddersfield)
Postgraduate Certificate of Education – Humanities (University of Huddersfield)
Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Lancaster University)
Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Education and Guidance (Nottingham Trent University)
Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Professional Practice (University of Central Lancashire)
Master of Science - Business Management (University of Central Lancashire)
Currently researching Professional Doctorate – Business (University of Central Lancashire)


Teaching Activities

Chris has developed numerous links between the university and local schools, colleges, clubs, sports partnerships and related agencies to create real-world, experiential learning opportunities for students. These include work placements, consultancies and internships that complement the academic experiences of students. Chris is an advocate of life-wide learning, encouraging students to develop their employability through broadening experiences, interests and horizons.

Chris developed and currently manages the ‘healthy schools are sporty schools’ project which involves UCLan students working with a range of schools. Typically, 600-700 schoolchildren will visit the university over a three-month period to experience a day of physical and sporting activities organised and delivered by UCLan students. During the project UCLan students gain experience of management, health and safety, lesson planning, teaching (and team teaching), peer observation and teamwork, providing excellent preparation for those looking to go into sport management, teaching or coaching.

Chris is module leader for a range of modules linked to personal and professional development, experiential learning and management. He teaches on the Sport Studies, Sport and PE and Sport Business Management degree programmes.