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Brunel Consortium

The Brunel Consortium was established to host ICSEMIS in Glasgow in 2012. The Brunel Consortium includes six individuals representing five universities across the UK covering England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Each of the Universities involved in the 2012 Consortium has a long and distinguished history in physical education and sport. All incorporate former specialist institutions of physical education that trained, and continue to train, physical education teachers.

It is this common heritage in physical education and sport sciences that underpins our commitment to provide a truly excellent ICSEMIS 2012.

The Universities

Brunel University

Joseph Lancaster’s School (1798) which became Borough Road College Men’s PE College (at Southwark, 1804, then at Isleworth 1889) which merged with West London Institute of Higher Education in 1976, which joined Brunel in 1995.

The School of Sport and Education offers excellent research and teaching education in Sport Sciences and Physical Education and also hosts a number of research centres for human performance and sports medicine and for the social sciences. For further information about sport sciences and education at Brunel visit:

Liverpool John Moores University

The origins of modern sport science at LJM lie at the IM Marsh Campus in Aigburth. This was founded in 1900 by Irene Mable Marshas a Physical Education Teacher Training College for Girls. The campus briefly became part of the University of Liverpool, then Liverpool Polytehnic and eventually Liverpool John Moores University. It is the base for the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure (ECL) and serves about 2,000 students each year. The campus houses the majority of the University’s sporting facilities. Sport and exercise science is based in the city centre in the University’s Tom Reilly Building. Teaching and research excellence is SES has recently been recognised by the award of Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning status (a HEFCE-funded £4.5 million initiative). For further information about sport and exercise sciences at LJM visit:

University of Strathclyde

The Scottish School of Physical Education for men was established at Jordanhill College in 1931 when it moved from the co-ed physical education college in Dunfermline. It remained as the SSPE until 1987 when it moved back to Dunfermline College (Moray House) which then became part of Edinburgh University. Degree courses in Sport and Physical Activity continued to be taught at Jordanhill in the Department of Sport, Culture and the Arts, under the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Education. Now, a new Centre for Sport and Health is being developed in the city centre which will open in 2011 to coincide with completion of the nearby building for the Faculty of Education and the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. For further information about sport and health studies at Strathclyde visit:

University of Ulster

The University of Ulster was founded in 1984 by Royal Charter as a result of a petition from the New University of Ulster and the Ulster Polytechnic. The University is based on four campuses, at Belfast, Coleraine (including its site at Portrush - previously the Northern Ireland Hotel and Catering College), Jordanstown, and Magee, Londonderry. The University of Ulster has a long tradition in academic provision for Sports Studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level, sports provision for students and the local community including ‘outreach’ work in local primary and secondary schools, and facilities and services for higher level performers through elite performer bursaries and scholarships. The University is also a partner in, and host to Ports Institute Northern Ireland (SINI) at its Jordanstown campus. A partnership between SINI aims to provide specialist services for able bodied and disabled, international and national, sportsmen and women to improve their competitive capacity within the world’s sporting arena. For further information about sport studies at Ulster visit:

University of Wales Institute Cardiff

One of the original colleges of UWIC was Cardiff Training College of Education (established 1950). Cardiff College of Education was designated a PE Wing College - a college with responsibility for training specialist male PE teachers; a role that it still being carried out today. The academic provision in sport education has grown significantly over the past two decades. The Cardiff School of Sport at UWIC now provides a comprehensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees to a student population of 1,500 students. The academic staff of 75 currently includes eight professors and three readers who support the sport-related academic disciplines. The staffing is well balanced in that there are also ten staff with experience of high performance coaching at international level. In 2006 the School became partners in the SESAME project (Sensing for Sport and Managed Exercise). The £3.8 Million project, in collaboration with Cambridge University, UCL and the Royal Veterinary College, is aimed at developing innovative video and body sensor technologies designed to aid the training of elite athletes. At the other end of the spectrum, we have staff carrying out intervention research with obese children and adults with diabetes. For further information about Cardiff School of Sport visit:


The Individuals

Convention Chair – Professor Celia Brackenridge (Brunel University)

Celia Brackenridge is a Professorial Research Fellow at Brunel University, London, UK. She is a former international coach and athlete. BASES accredited Interdisciplinary Sport Scientist and mainly works from sociological and psychological perspectives. Her books include: Spoilsports: Understanding and preventing sexual exploitation in Sport (2001, Routledge) and Child Welfare in Football (2007, Routledge).


Dr Vassil Girginov (Brunel University)

Vassil Girginov is a Reader in Sport Management/Development in the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University, West London. He has taught at the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, the University of Luton, England and the University of Windsor, Canada. His research interests and publications (including five books) are in the field of sports development and comparative management and policy analysis, the Olympic movement and Eastern European sport. Vassil’s latest book is Management of Sports Development (2008) published by Elsevier. He has been involved in Sofia 1993 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games bids.


Scientific Committee Chair – Professor Greg Whyte (Liverpool John Moores University)

Greg Whyte was formally Director of Research for the British Olympic Association based at the Olympic Medical Institute and Director of Sports Science and Research at the English Institute of Sport, Greg is now Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University. A former international modern pentathlete, Greg competed in two Olympic Games and won European Bronze and World Championship Silver medals. Greg is a Fellow of the American College of Sports medicine (FACSM) and is the Chairman of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Greg is the Director of CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology at the Olympic Medical Institute where he focuses his main area of research interest around cardiac structure and function in health and disease.


Professor Nanette Mutrie (University of Strathclyde)

Nanette Mutrie is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Psychology at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow and is also a Visiting Professor at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit University of Glasgow. She trained as a physical education teacher and after working in schools and at Glasgow University she went to the Pennsylvania State University USA with as Fulbright scholarship to pursue a PhD which she achieved in 1986. Many of her research projects have used the transtheoretical model of behaviour change as a framework for increasing activity and a person-centred counselling approach to help people find sustainable ways to be active.


Professor Marie Murphy (University of Ulster)

Marie Murphy is a University of Ulster Sport Studies graduate with an MSc and PhD from Loughborough. Since 1992 she has been a lecturer and researcher in Exercise Science. She is a High Performance Coach and Director at City of Lisburn Salto Gymnastic Centre. Marie is a BASES accredited exercise physiologist and a former member of the Sports Council of Northern Ireland. She is currently head of the School of Sports Studies and Co-Director of the newly established Ulster Sports Academy. Her research interests are exercise and health, accumulation of short bouts of exercise for health, lifestyle physical activity, exercise and obesity. Her recent publications include a meta-analysis of the effects of walking on cardiovascular risk published in Preventive Medicine.


Professor Robyn Jones (University of Wales Institute)

Robyn Jones is a Professor of Sport and Social Theory at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. His research interests are in the critical sociology of coaching, coaches’ knowledge, social interaction in the coaching context and coaching pedagogy. His books include: Cassidy, T., Jones, R.L. & Potrac, P. (in press) (2nd ed.). Understanding sports coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice. London: Routledge; Jones, R.L., Hughes, M. & Kingston, K. (2007) (Eds). An introduction to sports coaching. London: Routledge: and Jones, R.L. (2006) (Ed.). The sports coach as educator: Re-conceptualising sports coaching. London: Routledge.


Bid Ambassadors

Peter Radford - Brunel University

Peter is a sports historian, physiologists, world champion athlete and Olympic Gold medallist.

Sir Steve Redgrave - Liverpool John Moores University

Sir Steve is winner of 6 Olympic
medals – 5 Gold and 1 Bronze. World champion rower. He was awarded his knighthood in 2001.

Yvonne Murray-Mooney MBE - The University of Strathclyde

Yvonne won a Bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics. Won Gold medals in the 1990 European Championships and the 1994 Commonwealth Games. She has also won Silver and Bronze medals in both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. She was awarded an MBE in 1990.

Professor Eric Saunders OBE - University of Ulster

Eric is a former PE teacher who has played rugby at County level and squash and cricket at senior level. He has been a member of the Sports NI since 1996 and the Chairman since 2000. He played a major role in setting up the Northern Ireland Institute of Coaching of which he is Chairman. He was awarded his OBE in 2002.

Lynn Davies CBE - University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Lynn was Captain of the British Olympic long jump team in 1964 and won his gold medal that year. He is currently President of the UK Members Council and has been chosen by the sport to continue in his role until 2011. He was awarded his CBE in 2006.

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