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Tom Doncom
FHEA, MSc, BA (Hons)


Department of Sport and Health

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After completing his undergraduate degree in Football Studies with Solent University in 2019, Tom has re-joined the university as a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology just four years on.

His passion for sport and exercise psychology was ignited as part of the applied sport psychology module on the football studies degree and inspired Tom to pursue an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology with Staffordshire University in 2020.

Tom began his PhD in 2021 with the University of Stirling in Attribution Retraining and Social Support in sport. Using co-production, Tom has developed an Attribution Retraining in Sport (ARiS) intervention that can be used to create healthier reflections for athletes, coaches, and support staff in sport.

Tom also has an interest in social psychology in sport, in particular social identity theory, which forms the foundations of a multi-university research project he is leading on over the next academic year.

Aside from his research interests, Tom also has a passion for supporting student athletes in their performance. Working with our HPA athletes, Tom is able to embed his novel research into applied practice as he works towards HCPC Sport and Exercise Psychologist accreditation status.

Further information

Tom has a variety of coaching and psychological support experience, ranging from grassroots to elite athletes. The majority of Tom’s experience comes through his consultancy work, TDPsychology, that looks to embed psychology within 1:2:1 coaching across a number of sports, such as football, golf, and cricket.

Tom also engages with our HPA programme within the University, offering workshops and 1-2-1 support around psychological concepts that influence performance.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

Understanding performance and wellbeing is essential for helping athletes to cope with pressure and regulate their emotions. Prepare for your future in sport psychology on this BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Football Studies

The course is designed and tailored for those individuals passionate about football, enthusiastic to learn from the game in order to reach their aspirations to work within it....

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Gain a comprehensive understanding of sport and exercise performance with this BASES-endorsed degree that combines access to specialist facilities with professional placements and a hands-on learning.

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Get ready to take athletes to the next level with our CIMSPA-endorsed degree. You’ll be working in professional facilities and alongside national sports clubs to gain top-class knowledge and skills.

MSc Sport Science for Performance Coaching

Further your knowledge of sport science and athletic development with a master’s degree designed in partnership with industry experts and tailored to industry requirements.