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Amanda J 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.

  • About

    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

  • Teaching

    Subject area

    Sport and Physical Activity


    Sport Studies


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

  • Research

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

  • Publications

    Journal articles

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

    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:

    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:

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