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Philippa Velija

Dr Philippa Velija

Head of Sport Education and Development

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Room no. RM206


After completing my PhD at Brunel University in 2007 I have worked at York St John University as Head of Programme for Sport Education and Development. In this role I led the team to develop a number of new programmes in physical education and youth sport, and sport development and coaching, as well as developing new assessment strategies, placement opportunities and enhancing the staff and student experience in the subject area.

During my time at York St John I was also part of the Unit for Child and Youth Studies, a multidisciplinary research group focused on understanding a range of issues in child and youth studies. 

I have taught a number of modules focusing on the sociology of sport, including introduction to sociology of sport, sport and sociological theories, sport policy, sport and the body and gender in sport. In addition, I have led the dissertation module for undergraduate students and co-delivered research methods modules for sport students. I am committed to working with students to help them develop an understand issues of equity and diversity in sport and adopting sociological theories to understanding complex issues in sport are issues.

My approach to teaching is to adopt a research informed teaching approach, by embedding this as part of the curriculum. Students can learn about research when staff work together with students to engage them in up to date research in the fields of study and help them produce valuable knowledge and research in their disciplines. 

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