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Dr Lynsey Melhuish

Course Leader

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


Lynsey is course leader for the adventure and outdoor management programme and lectures across events, tourism, outdoor and sports programmes. She is originally from Gloucestershire and has worked across the southwest throughout her industry and educational career in Bristol, Swindon, Weymouth and Southampton.

Lynsey took a less conventional route into higher education, choosing first to seek employment experience at an operational and management level within a wide range of sport, leisure and community fields. She later studied part-time and graduated in 2000 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Leisure Management with Human Resource from the University of Gloucestershire. During her educational experiences, Lynsey achieved a further Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Oxford Brookes University and an MA in Education at Plymouth University. She has recently completed a Doctorate of Education with the University of Southampton, focusing on employer engagement, work-related learning, and the student experience.

She has a range of industry related qualifications and memberships across a range of professional bodies including the HEA (Senior Fellow), Institute for Learning, National Association for Primary Education, British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Leader Training England, British Canoe Union and British Orienteering Federation.

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Industry experience

Lynsey has a diverse employment history and prior to her employment education she worked for over 12 years in a range of strategic and operational positions including manager of a regional outdoor sports complex and a community and sports development officer.

During this time she also experienced a secondment with Sport England as event manager for the Western Counties Youth Games, a legacy event which formed part of the Millennium Youth Games, and was also head of leisure for a local authority where she was responsible for multi-million pound contracts and overseeing over 20 leisure and sports facilities involving extensive procurement procedures and partnership working.

These roles have seen Lynsey work with a range of agencies including Sport England, Coachwise UK, Youth Sport Trust as well as numerous sport specific governing bodies such as the FA, the All England Women's Hockey Association and other community agencies including local authorities; schools, youth and community departments, the police, prison and health services.

Teaching experience

Lynsey has over 16 years’ experience in teaching, from initial casual lecturing for a HND in sport and recreation at Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, alongside her industry employment, through to full time positions in further and higher education roles since 2002.

Lynsey has a range of specialist areas reflecting her diverse employment, including leisure management, health and social welfare, event organisation and safety, sports development and academic study skills.

Lynsey has been an advanced practitioner for further and higher education and has contributed to a range of teacher training programmes with specialisms in innovative and creative teaching and learning strategies as well as equality and diversity. Lynsey has worked in partnership with the University of Bath and Bournemouth University in previous roles, programme managing a Foundation Degree in sport and health promotion and in Public Services, before coming to Solent in 2012.

Research interests

Lynsey has been involved in a wide range of research and work related projects and has interests covering a diverse area including:

  • Outdoor learning and education/learning outside the classroom.
  • Adventure therapy.
  • Human resource management.
  • Feasibility/business planning/marketing and procurement within sport, leisure and outdoor industries.
  • Leisure operations/facility management.
  • Sports development.
  • Community multi-agency working.
  • Sports and community events.
  • Health and social welfare/social policy.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Employer engagement/work based learning.
  • Learning and teaching (including e-learning).
  • Experiential learning.
  • Live work based projects, consultancy and research.

Lynsey combines academic theory with real world research, focusing on outcomes which can be used to enhance teaching and learning and to inform practitioners and industry.

Research and enterprise outputs/activities

Lynsey has contributed to a number of conferences recently:

  • 8th International Conference for Teaching, Education and Learning, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2015: oral presentation on outcomes of e-learning pilot research.
  • International Outdoor Research Conference, London, July 2015: poster presentation on research outcomes and future progression and policy relating to outdoor learning.
  • Association of Physical Education – National Conference, St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, June 2015: facilitation workshop on learning outside the classroom focusing on school teachers and related agency representatives.
  • Institute for Outdoor Learning National Conference, October 2014, Loughborough: facilitation of workshop on learning outside the classroom focusing on outdoor practitioners and related agencies.

Recent publications

Melhuish, L., M., (2016). ‘Loving or Loathing Lynda?' A pilot study investigation into the integration of video e-learning resources within an undergraduate leisure management degree unit’ PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences. Volume 2. India: GRDS Publishing.

Melhuish, L., M., (2016). ‘Loving or Loathing Lynda?'’ Conference Proceedings: 8th International Conference of Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL). India: GRDS Publishing.

Melhuish L., M., and Ali, N., (2015). 'Festival Fear Factor'. New Event Organiser- The Official Journal of The Event Services Association (TESA), Issue 124. Chepstow: TESA.

Melhuish L., M., (2015). 'Bubbles and Bar-tenders' Primary First Journal, February 2015 edition. Oxford: National Association of Primary Education (NAPE).

Melhuish, L., M., (2014). 'Learning Outside the Classroom Sparkling or Still?' Horizons Edition 67. Cumbria: Institute for Outdoor Learning.


  • Institute of Learning – Professional Formation Approval 2010 (including QTLS status), demonstrating continued professional development in education.
  • Senior fellow status for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2014.
  • Supervisor of the Year (2014/15) at Southampton Solent University, presented by the Students' Union.
  • Nominated for Excellent Academic Support and shortlisted for Exceptional Student Development and Best Academic Supervisor (2015/16) at Southampton Solent University, presented by the Student Union.

Work in progress

Lynsey is due to present at the Association for Event Management Education (AEME) Forum, at the University of Derby in July 2016, on a conceptual review of management theory applied to the recruitment, training and deployment of the London 2012 Games Makers, entitled “Games-Makerization: creation of the purple and red army” Lynsey is also seeking publication through an event industry practitioner publication “Stand Out Magazine”.

Lynsey is also drafting an article as a precursor to her Doctoral thesis on employer engagement. Entitled “Dangerous Liaisons” the paper aims to explore employer engagement relationships with undergraduate adventure/outdoor management degrees, through an initial review of existing literature.