Before joining Solent, Michelle worked as associate dean (quality)/head of sport at York St John University from 2008-15, and at Edge Hill University as associate head of department (sport science and sports therapy) from 2001-08. In these roles, Michelle led strategic developments related to enhancing the student experience, improving student retention and success, and embedding vocational qualifications and learning within higher education curricula to enhance recruitment and graduate destinations.
Michelle is passionate about trying to equip graduates with the skills they will need to work in their chosen vocation and become the future leaders of sport, health and well-being. This ambition stems from experience working within the industry and appreciating the need for graduates who can effectively apply their skills and who are capable of developing the industry.
Michelle completed her BSc at the University of Liverpool in 1995, and her PhD as a part-time student at Liverpool John Moores University in 2002. Her PhD, and many of her research publications, focus on recurrent non-specific low back pain in children, in particular physical risk factors and the role of exercise in relieving this condition. Her PhD underpins a strong research interest in paediatric exercise science which she is currently pursuing further, supervising PhD students investigating physical activity initiatives within school settings.
Michelle’s research experience has led her to believe that a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to answer applied real world research questions, and her current research interests tend to reflect this philosophy.
Michelle acts as a referee for a number of journals, including Journal of Sports Sciences, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Acta Pediatrica, Health Education Research, Ergonomics and Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. Michelle is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and was involved in the development of BASES guidelines for resistance exercise in young people.
Michelle has engaged in physiological testing and support with a wide range of professional clubs and athletes, including Armagh Ladies Gaelic Football, English ladies football, Wigan Rugby League Football Club, Widnes Rugby League Football Club, and Belgium and British Taekwondo.