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William Lawless

Senior Lecturer

Department of Sport and Health

Will Lawless, lecturer


Will has been a senior lecturer at Solent University since 2013 and is currently the Level 6 leader for the BA (Hons) Physical Education degree. In addition to this role, Will serves on several University panels, including those for ethics, academic misconduct, and sport scholarships, the latter of which he currently chairs.

During his time at Solent, Will has taught foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate courses, focusing on sport coaching, physiology, non-linear pedagogies, professional practice in PE, research methods. He also manages the dissertation module for several courses.

Will is currently completing his doctoral research at the University of Winchester, where he is exploring the personal construct systems of PE teachers in relation to physical activities and their place in the curriculum.

Originally from Southampton, he attended St George Catholic School and Barton Peveril College before pursuing higher education. Will earned his undergraduate degree from Solent University, followed by a MSc and a PGCE from the University of Portsmouth. Will is a fellow of the HEA.

Further information

Journal articles

Lawless, W. & Magrath, R. 2020. Inclusionary and Exclusionary Banter: English Club Cricket, Inclusive Attitudes and Male Camaraderie, Sport in Society, 1493-1509

Lawless, W., Borlase-Bune, M. & Fleet, M. 2019, The primary PE and sport premium from a staff perspective, Education 3-13, 48(4), 446-454

Fleet, M., Danskin, L. & Lawless, W. 2019, Get Learners Active through Race for Life and parkrun, Physical Education Matters, 14(1), 49

Book chapters

Lawless, W. & Magrath, R. 2023. Inclusionary and exclusionary banter: English club cricket, inclusive attitudes and male camaraderie, In: Naha, S. & Malcolm, D. (eds.). Cricket in the 21st century. Routledge

Collaborations with students

Turner, B., Zoppellini, W., Lawless, W. & Fleet, M. The Application of the Long Term Athlete Development Model to Physical Education Practice. Association for Physical Education Conference, Burton Upon Trent, UK

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Physical Education

Inspire the next generation and get practical experience teaching through our School Sports Partnership to deliver physical education on this CIMPSA endorsed degree.

BA (Hons) Education

Explore the fascinating area of child development practices, how children and young people learn while gaining practical experience in school placements, and prepare for your future in education.

MA Physical Education and School Sport

The MA Physical Education and School Sport programme will help you to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills that underpin a career in physical education and youth...

MA Sport Management

Looking to further your career in the sport management industry? This masters in sport management will give you the advanced knowledge and skills required for a successful...