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Dr Lynsey Melhuish

Associate Professor and Course Leader

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Lynsey Melhuish, Course Leader


Lynsey is Associate Professor Teaching and Scholarship, a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and Course Leader for the BSc Sport Management within the Southampton School of Sport and part of the Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences. Lynsey’s educational expertise is focused on teaching excellence, transformational leadership and development of an innovative and creative, student focused curriculum. Research areas cover employer engagement, vocational habitus, the learner journey/careership, learning cultures/identities and decision making, widening participation/inclusion and non-traditional learners, outdoor learning, event management/volunteering and e-learning to enhance the student experience. Lynsey has been responsible for course leadership, curriculum development and teaching across a wide leisure field whilst at Solent University including sport operations management, health and wellbeing, adventure recreation, outdoor and extreme sports, event organisation and tourism management. This has been fuelled by her rich and diverse experiences both prior to her career in education and through ongoing networking with professionals across the breadth of the sport and leisure industry.

Lynsey’s route into higher education was less conventional, 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 employment Lynsey achieved a further Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Oxford Brookes University and an MA in Education at Plymouth University. She has most recently completed a Doctorate of Education with the University of Southampton, focusing on employer engagement, work-related learning, and the student experience.

Lynsey is currently preparing publications and conference papers from her Doctoral thesis on themes associated with the student experience relating to employer engagement and the influence and application of concepts including careership, horizons for action, vocational habitus and non-traditional learners, inclusion and widening participation. Lynsey’s research is specifically through the qualitative lens focusing on undergraduate learners studying adventure and outdoor management and related vocational subject areas.

Lynsey’s main teaching interests cross the breadth of the leisure industry with specialisms in HR and performance management, work placement and employer engagement, sport operations management, event organisation, outdoor learning, adventure recreation and extreme sports and tourism. Lynsey also supervises undergraduate and post graduate dissertations and has specialisms in qualitative research methods.

Lynsey also has professional knowledge, skills and qualifications associated with staff mentoring, training and development both at HE and FE level. Specialism areas include creativity and innovation in teaching and learning strategies (including blended and online learning and vocational learning through trips and residential activity), learning and teaching administration including lesson planning and schemes of work production, classroom and behaviour management and facilitating diverse learning environments, equality and diversity in education, differentiation and Bloom’s taxonomy in assessment and learning, assessment planning, designing and moderation, learning support and SEN. 

Further information

Lynsey has 17 years of educational employment in teaching, leadership and management supported by extensive industry links which are used to inform her teaching and ensure she is up to date on contemporary issues and trends. Preceding her educational employment Lynsey had over twelve years working across a diverse range of industry fields in community, leisure, health and social welfare. During her industry employment she undertook 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, UK Coaching, Youth Sport Trust as well as numerous sport specific governing bodies such as the FA, England Hockey and other community agencies including local authorities; schools, youth and community departments, the police, prison and health and social welfare services.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Sport Management

Develop your passion for sport, and progress to a successful career leading and managing sporting events and organisations on this CIMPSA accredited course.