Dr Amanda West

Dr Amanda J West BA (Hons), PGCEd, MPhil, PhD

Head of the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity


I was appointed Interim Head of the Academy of Sport and Physical Acvity in March 2019, having been Deputy Head since September 2017.


Amanda holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, an MPhil from Sheffield Hallam University and BA (Hons) in Sport Studies from Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Beckett). She was awarded a PGCert in Educational Development from Northumbria University and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

She is an experienced and knowledgeable leader in the higher education sector. She developed her knowledge and experience in a range of roles at the University of Sunderland and before that the University of Cumbria. As Head of Academic Programme Development at the University of Sunderland, Amanda led programme development for degree apprenticeships as well as new cross-institutional programme initiatives. 

Before this, she was Associate Dean for Student Recruitment and Academic Development for the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Head of Department of Sport and Exercise Science. At the University of Cumbria she was Head of the Department of Social Sciences and before that Head of the Department of Humanities.

Specialist areas of interest

Risk-taking in outdoor sport
Careers and participation in outdoor sports
Approaches to student learning and assessment in Higher Education


Subject area

Sport and Physical Activity


Sport Studies


Sport and Social Issues
Sport Power and Social Relations
Personal and Professional Skills
Research Methods


What does the concept of intellectual stimulation mean for student learning at university?


Journal articles

Allin, L., West, A., & Curry, S. (2014). Mother and child constructions of risk in outdoor play. Leisure Studies, 33 (6), 644-657. http://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2013.841746

Book chapters

Allin, L., & West, A. (2016). Careers in the outdoors. In Humberstone, B., Prince, H., & Henderson, K.A. (Eds.) Routledge international handbook of outdoor studies. (pp. 159-167). London: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-International-Handbook-of-Outdoor-Studies/Humberstone-Prince-Henderson/p/book/9781138782884

Allin, L., & West, A. (2013). Feminist theory and outdoor leadership. In Pike, E.C.J., & Beames, S. (Eds.) Outdoor adventure and social theory. Abingdon: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Outdoor-Adventure-and-Social-Theory/Pike-Beames/p/book/9780415532679

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