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Dominic  Cunliffe

Dominic Cunliffe

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3348 ext. 3348 Room no. RM212A

Biography

Dominic Cunliffe is a highly motivated and positive individual who was recently elected as a board member to the division of physical activity for health for the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES), a board of trustees member for a local children’s association and is a co-opted governor at a local school.

Dominic is building a reputation with his devotion and specialism in paediatric exercise, more specifically to the physical, motor and psychological development of children and has achieved several commendations from national governing bodies in the UK and further afield.

Dominic has acted as a consultant to the FA with their online coaching programme, as well as acting as a consultant to the Youth Sport Trust on their national schools programme, Hampshire Colleges PE Association and is a visiting teaching fellow with the Zambian Institute of Sport.

Furthermore, Dominic is currently undertaking his PhD in the cognitive developments of children, from Nottingham Trent University. He also holds a BSc (Hons) from Exeter University and the postgraduate certificate in education teaching qualification from Portsmouth University and is currently the external examiner for two other Universities within the UK on their sports science provision.

As an active sports practitioner, Dominic has over 26 years of experience within sports coaching at both professional and semi-professional level and is a UEFA Licenced Football Coach. 

Dominic holds many other qualifications from a variety of sports and is a firm believer in the coach’s role as a facilitator to the development of individual and team performance, which has seen him collect many award nominations at regional and national coaching ceremonies.

Notably Dominic has been a finalist for the local sports personality ‘Coach of the Year’ award for four consecutive years (2006-2009) and a finalist for the regional sports personality ‘Coach of the Year’.

As an academic, Dominic is a senior lecturer and course leader of the BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education course in the School of Sport, Health & Social Sciences, with his more recent research focusing on creating an effective learning environment or children to aid delivery of physical education within the school setting.

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Further information

  1. Industry experience

    With over 26 years of sports coaching experiences held within professional and non-professional sport, Dominic utilises these experiences...
    With over 26 years of sports coaching experiences held within professional and non-professional sport, Dominic utilises these experiences to good effect in his primary role as senior lecturer in sports coaching. Dominic openly encourages and supports students to get involved with local, regional and national voluntary projects to expand their knowledge within this diverse sector.
  2. Teaching experience

    With over 18 years’ experience spanning across the whole of the education sector, Dominic utilises these experiences to good effect...
    With over 18 years’ experience spanning across the whole of the education sector, Dominic utilises these experiences to good effect in his primary role as senior lecturer in sports coaching. His teaching specialism includes physical education, sports coaching, and skill acquisition.
  3. Research interests

    Dominic’s research interests centre on paediatric exercise, and specifically to the physical, motor, and psychological development of the child...
    Dominic’s research interests centre on paediatric exercise, and specifically to the physical, motor, and psychological development of the child. Currently, Dominic is currently undertaking his PhD on cognitive psychology developments in children, which is planned to be completed during 2015-16 academic year.
  4. Recent publications

    Dominic's recent publications include book chapters, papers, research and enterprise activities. Follow the link below for more information...

    Book chapter

    Cunliffe, D. (2012) 'Using preferred learning styles to improve attainment in physical education'. In Boufoy-Bastick, B. (2012). 'The International Handbook of Cultures of Teacher Education: Comparative International Issues in Curriculum and Pedagogy'. Analytrics: Strasbourg, France. Chapter 20, p429-465.

    Published papers

    Cunliffe, D., (2012). 'Using preferred learning styles to improve attainment in physical education'. In Boufoy-Bastick, B. (2012) The International Handbook of Cultures of Teacher Education: Comparative International Issues in Curriculum and Pedagogy. Analytrics: Strasbourg, France. Chapter 20, p. 429-465.

    Cunliffe, D., (2012). 'Preferred Learning Styles: Implications for Coaching Children'. Leisure Studies Association Publication No. 90, Reflecting on Youth Sport and Leisure.

    Cunliffe, D., & Hawcroft, S. (2012). 'Ahead of the Learning Curve. Coaching Edge Magazine'. Winter, Issue 26, p. 20-22.

    Cunliffe, D., & Haynes, D. (2011). 'Effective Coach Education Programmes. Tactician Magazine'. [online – 27th May 2011].

    Cunliffe, D., (2011). 'Coaching Children: Knowing ‘How’ They Learn Will Enhance Their Development'. Insight, The FA Coaches Association Journal - online. 

    Cunliffe, D., (2010). 'Preferred Learning Styles: Implications for Teaching Children'. Physical Education Matters, Vol. 5, (3), p. 36-37.

    Cunliffe, D., (2010). 'Coaching the Next Olympians: Using Preferred Learning Styles to Enhance Sports Performance'. HE Academy, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network, Link 26: p. 13-15.

    Research and Enterprise outputs/activities

    Cunliffe, D. (2015). 'Should we be utilising the knowledge of how children learn within the delivery strategies of physical literacy programs?' (Invited speaker at the International Physical Literacy Conference in Vancouver, Canada, 16th June).

    Cunliffe, D. (2015). 'Lifelong participation in sport: Getting it right?' (Keynote speaker at the National Sports Week Celebrations in Seoul, South Korea, 19th March).

    Cunliffe, D. (2014). 'Psychology of Football Coaches: Dealing with Awkward Coaches'. (Keynote speech presented at the Eastleigh Referee Association meeting, 15th September).

    Cunliffe, D. & Gundry, L. (2014). 'Pupil perceptions of the attributes for an effective physical education teacher'. (Presented at the European College for Sport Science – 19th International Congress, Amsterdam; Netherlands, 2nd-5th July).

    Cunliffe, D. (2014). 'Psychology for Sports Coaches'. (Keynote speech presented at the Southampton Referee Association meeting, 23rd January).

    Cunliffe, D., Rist, R. & Ratcliffe, C. (2013). 'Teaching Dance: a comparative study of using preferred learning styles in the teaching of dance between English and Danish dance academies'.  (Presented at the European College for Sport Science – 18th International Congress, Barcelona; Spain, 26-29th July).

    Cunliffe, D. (2013). 'What do children learn?' (Presented at the BASES Student Conference, Cardiff, UK, 26-27th March).

    Cunliffe, D. (2012). 'Development of a learning styles questionnaire for children'.  (Presented at the European College for Sport Science – 17th International Congress, Bruge; Belgium, 4-7th July).

    Cunliffe, D. (2012). 'Primary Physical Education: For the Whole Class'. (Presented at the Hampshire Coaching Conference, Southampton, UK).

    Cunliffe, D. (2012). 'Helping your athletes understand?' (Presented at the Hampshire Coaching Conference, Southampton, UK).

    Cunliffe, D. & Rist, R. (2011). 'Should teaching dance to Children continue to be done Kinaesthetically?'  (Presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science – 21st National Congress, Washington DC, USA, 12-16th Oct).

    Cunliffe, D. (2011). 'Using preferred learning styles: implications for coaching children'. (Presented at the Leisure Studies Association - National Conference, Southampton, UK, July).

    Cunliffe, D. (2011). 'Using Preferred Learning Styles when teaching Dance to children'. (Presented at the Association for Physical Education - National Conference, Oxford, UK, July).

    Cunliffe, D., Stopforth, M. & Rist, R. (2011). 'Teaching Dance to Children: Should it continue to be done Kinaesthetically?'  (Presented at the European College for Sport Science – 16th International Congress, Liverpool; UK, July).

    Cunliffe, D. (2011). 'Understanding Vision in Sport'. (Presented at the Hampshire Coaching Conference, Southampton, UK, May).

    Cunliffe, D. (2011). 'Should teaching dance to children continue to be delivered kinaesthetically?' (Presented at the BASES Student Conference, Chester, UK).

    Gundry, L. & Cunliffe, D. (2011). 'An investigation into student perceptions of the attributes of an effective physical education teacher'. (Presented at the BASES Student Conference, Chester, UK).

    Cunliffe, D. (2010). 'Preferred Learning Styles: Implications for Coaches'. (presented at the International Congress of the Growing Child in High Performance Sport. Birmingham, UK).

    Cunliffe, D. (2010). 'Coaching Children with different Preferred Learning Styles'. (Presented at Leisure Studies Association Reflecting on Youth Sport & Leisure Conference. Preston).

    Cunliffe, D. (2010). 'Preferred Learning Styles: Implications for PE Practitioners'. (Presented at the Association for Physical Education Annual Conference, The Costwolds).

    Fielding-Smith, L. & Cunliffe, D. (2010). 'The effects of anxiety upon performance for school children during interschool football matches'. (Presented at the BASES Student Conference, Aberystwyth, Wales). 

    Broxup, L. & Cunliffe, D. (2010). 'Do physical activity beliefs differ between age and gender for 13-16 year olds?' (Presented at the BASES Student Conference, Aberystwyth, Wales). 

    Dance, F. & Cunliffe, D. (2010). 'Sports Participation: Is the Coach a Negative influence?' (Presented at the BASES Student Conference, Aberystwyth, Wales). 

    Cunliffe, D. (2009). 'Preferred Learning Styles: Can they be used to improve attainment scores?' (Presented at the Association of Physical Education - National Conference. The Costwolds, UK).

  5. Awards

    Dominic's awards include being a finalist for the ‘Best Supervisor’ award from the Students Union for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, winning the accolade in 2014...
    • Finalist for the ‘Best Supervisor’ award from the Students Union for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, winning the accolade in 2014.
    • Awarded the Postgraduate Award from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences for his presentation title ‘What do children learn?’ in 2013.
    • Dominic has worked collaboratively with colleagues from other UK universities and was awarded a £2,000 Research Excellence Framework grant (2011) to investigate preferred learning styles of children at the nine National Performing Arts Schools. This project was expanded in 2012 with a further £4000 Research Excellence Framework grant.
  6. Work in progress

    In addition to finalising his PhD investigating the cognitive developments of children, Dominic is currently investigating the levels of perceived...
    In addition to finalising his PhD investigating the cognitive developments of children, Dominic is currently investigating the levels of perceived confidence within association football referees to establish whether an appropriate mental skills coaching intervention can aid the confidence levels of young inexperienced football referees.