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Dr Alison Purvis PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PgCert

Deputy Head of Department


Summary

Alison has over 20 years of experience in higher education and is a teaching and learning specialist who also maintains an active research profile in her discipline of sport physiology.

She has held a variety of leadership posts at Sheffield Hallam and has led strategic projects at institutional, college and departmental levels. 

Alison is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a senior member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and a Senior Manager Member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. 

About

Alison is responsible for promoting the vision, values and strategic objectives of the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. She provides a strategic link into the operational academic groups responsible for the implementation of strategy.  The Academy has over 150 staff who deliver teaching, research and consultancy in the broad area of sport and physical activity to over 1500 students. The Academy has specialists in sport and exercise science, physical activity and health, sport business management, sport coaching, sport development, physical education and school sport, sport sociology, and sport industry.

Alison's background is teaching and research in applied sport physiology and she currently teaches on the sport and exercise science related undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  Her current research interests include the physiology of tennis during heat stress, nutritional and physiology responses to squash match play, thermoregulation of para-athletics, the relationship between ketosis and insulin resistance, and gestational diabetes in minoritised communities.

Alison is also an active researcher in teaching and learning with a specific  interest in the use of technology to support learning and teaching including the use of social media in higher education, anti-racist practice in learning and teaching, and collaborative approaches to strategic technological implementation.

Teaching

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

Health And Wellbeing

Sport and Exercise Sciences

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. 
MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science. 
MSc Advanced Sport Coaching Practice. 

Foundations of Physiology and Nutrition for Physical Activity and Sport. 
Applied Physiology and Nutrition of Sport and Exercise Project. 

Research

Co-production of a strategic technology roadmap for learning and teaching.
Co-creation of a digital curriculum in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity.
Talking about Race and Racism. A qualitative study examining experiences of confronting issues of white privilege in a college community of staff, students, and partners.
Talking about Race in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. A qualitative study examining experiences of confronting issues of white privilege with staff in a department. 

Publications

Journal articles

Turner, O., Mitchell, N., Ruddock, A., Purvis, A., & Ranchordas, M. (2021). Elite squash players nutrition knowledge and influencing factors. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 18. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-021-00443-3

Purvis, A.J., Rodger, H.M., & Beckingham, S. (2020). Experiences and perspectives of social media in learning and teaching in higher education. International Journal of Educational Research Open, 100018. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2020.100018

Jordan, A.R., Claxton, D., Purvis, A., Barnes, A., & Fysh, M. (2018). Sprint interval training on the vertical treadmill improves aerobic and anaerobic running performance. Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, 14 (1), 106-112. http://doi.org/10.12965/jer.1835122.561

Jordan, A., Barnes, A., Claxton, D., Purvis, A., & Fysh, M. (2017). Kinematics and neuromuscular recruitment during vertical treadmill exercise. Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, 13 (3), 307-314. http://doi.org/10.12965/jer.1734916.458

Ruddock, A., Robbins, B., Tew, G., Bourke, L., & Purvis, A. (2017). Practical cooling strategies during continuous exercise in hot environments: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 47 (3), 517-532. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-016-0592-z

Ruddock, A., Tew, G., & Purvis, A. (2016). Effect of hand cooling on body temperature, cardiovascular and perceptual responses during recumbent cycling in a hot environment. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-9. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2016.1215501

Purvis, A., Rodger, H., & Beckingham, S. (2016). Engagement or distraction : the use of social media for learning in higher education. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 5 (1). http://doi.org/10.7190/seej.v5.i1.104

Ruddock, A.D., Tew, G., & Purvis, A. (2014). Reliability of intestinal temperature using an ingestible telemetry pill system during exercise in a hot environment. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28 (3), 861-869. http://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182aa5dd0

Purvis, A.J., Aspden, L.J., Bannister, P.W., & Helm, P.A. (2011). Assessment strategies to support higher level learning in blended delivery. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 48 (1), 91-100. http://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2010.543767

Low, D., Purvis, A., Reilly, T., & Cable, N.T. (2005). The prolactin responses to active and passive heating in man. Experimental physiology, 90 (6), 909-917. http://doi.org/10.1113/expphysiol.2005.031294

Purvis, A., & Tunstall, H. (2004). Effects of sock type on foot skin temperature and thermal demand during exercise. Ergonomics, 47 (15), 1657-1668. http://doi.org/10.1080/00140130412331290880

Purvis, A.J., & Cable, N.T. (2000). The effects of phase control materials on hand skin temperature within gloves of soccer goalkeepers. Ergonomics, 43 (10), 1480-1488. http://doi.org/10.1080/001401300750003916

Conference papers

Purvis, A., Rodger, H., & Beckingham, S. (2016). Experiences of social media in higher education: barriers, enablers and next steps. In Social Media for Learning in Higher Education 2015 Conference proceedings (#SocMedHE15). Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University: http://doi.org/10.7190/SocMedHE/2015/10

Ruddock, A., Chatziopolos, K., Parkington, T., Tew, G., & Purvis, A. (2014). Effect of hand cooling on body temperature, cardiovascular and perceptual responses during recumbent cycling in a hot environment. Journal of Science and Cycling, 3 (2). http://www.jsc-journal.com/ojs/index.php?journal=JSC&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=129

Low, D., Cable, T., & Purvis, A. (2005). Exercise thermoregulation and hyperprolactinaemia. Ergonomics, 48 (11-14), 1547-1557. http://doi.org/10.1080/00140130500101387

Purvis, A.J., Low, D.A., Jackson, D.M., & Cable, N.T. (2001). PROLACTIN RESPONSE TO SOCCER SPECIFIC INTERMITTENT EXERCISE IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 33 (5), S45. http://doi.org/10.1097/00005768-200105001-00258

Book chapters

Beckingham, S., Purvis, A., & Rodger, H. (2014). The SHU Social Media CoLab: developing a social media strategy through open dialogue and collaborative guidance. In Proceedings of the European Conference on Social Media. Sonning, Wokingham: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited: http://academic-conferences.org/ecsm/ecsm2014/ecsm14-proceedings.htm

Purvis, A., Crutchley, D., & Flint, A. (2009). Beyond peer observation of teaching. In Gosling, D., & O'Connor, K.M. (Eds.) Beyond the Peer Observation of Teaching. (pp. 23-28). London: Staff and Educational Development Association: http://www.seda.ac.uk/?p=5_1

Theses / Dissertations

Ruddock, A. (2017). Alleviating Heat Strain During Exercise: Hand Cooling and Thermoregulation. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Purvis, A. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00094

Jordan, A.R. (2013). The biomechanics of and physiological responses to vertical treadmill exercise. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Fysh, M., Claxton, D., Purvis, A., & Barnes, A.

Other publications

Purvis, A., & Cable, N.T. (2002). The effects of phase control materials on hand skin temperature within gloves of soccer goalkeepers. London: Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/9780415271257

Postgraduate supervision

Current Doctoral Supervision:
The prevention of type II diabetes following gestational diabetes in minoritised communities.
Heat alleviation strategies during simulated tennis match play in hot humid conditions.
Temperature regulation in Paralympic athletes with spinal cord injury.
Physiology and nutrition of squash.
Coaches’ use of sport science research knowledge. 

Doctoral Completions: 
RUDDOCK, Alan (PhD, 2017) - Director of Studies for a part-time PhD, titled "Alleviating Heat Strain during Exercise: Hand Cooling and Thermoregulation". Sheffield Hallam University.
JORDAN, Alastair (PhD, 2013) – Second supervisor for a full-time PhD titled “Vertical treadmill exercise for physical conditioning”. Sheffield Hallam University.
DAVIES, Andrew (PhD, 2006) – Second supervisor for a full-time PhD titled “The effects of different thermal environments on performance of manual handling tasks”. Sheffield Hallam University.
LOW, David (PhD, 2004) – Second supervisor for a full-time PhD titled “The role of thermal and cardiovascular indices in the genesis of central fatigue during exercise in the heat”. Liverpool John Moores University.

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