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Martin Skivington, Head of School of Applied Health and Life Sciences

Martin Skivington

Head of School of Applied Health and Life Sciences


Martin has worked at Solent University since 1991, initially as the health and fitness officer in the Sport and Recreation Department before progressing to full time lecturing in 1997 and then to a variety of leadership roles within sport and exercise science. He has a degree in Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation Management from Loughborough University, an MSc Sport Studies from University College Chichester, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 4 practitioner in exercise for the management of low back pain, a qualified personal trainer, an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified professional and is also qualified as an advanced biomechanics coach.

Martin is a firm believer that students should be encouraged to gain added-value vocational qualifications and relevant work experience alongside their degree courses to enhance their employability, and where possible he embeds such 'add-on' awards within the degree courses in the School to ensure their vocational relevance.

Martin enjoys all sports and used to play semi-pro football for Eastleigh and Bashley, although these days he is more likely to be found enjoying a social cycle ride or training in the gym.

Martin has been heavily involved in the fitness industry, especially with REPs and SkillsActive, the former Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning who, directed by employers, had responsibility for developing National Occupational Standards for the health and fitness industry. He is a former member of the fitness industry Technical Expert Group (TEG); he was also chair of the Professional Development Panel that approved qualifications and training courses within the fitness industry, as well as having had a three-year stint on the Fitness Industry Association (FIA, now ukactive) Board of Directors. He has also tutored courses for Active IQ, Premier and YMCA Fitness Industry Training, as well as being an SAQ qualified tutor. He is now a tutor, assessor and internal quality assurer for Active IQ awards which are embedded within modules at the university.

He has been an external examiner for the University of East London, the University of Bedfordshire and the Open University, and until recently was an external quality assurance agent for a number of higher education institutions and private training providers, as well as a technical evaluator of fitness courses and qualifications for other industry training providers. He has also developed a number of fitness qualifications for an industry awarding body.

More recently he played an integral role in helping Solent win the ukactive Fitness Leadership and Management Excellent (FLAME) award for workplace wellbeing for three consecutive years.