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Dr Julie A Brunton PhD, MSc, BA Hons, FHEA

Assistant Dean, Student Experience Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts


Dr Julie Brunton is the Assistant Dean for Student Experience in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA). The main purpose of Julie’s role is to take overall responsibility for ensuring that the faculty provides an excellent student experience to all its students, in addition to ensuring that the faculty offers a distinctive, current and attractive portfolio of courses. 

She works with the Provost and the equivalent Assistant Deans in other faculties on the development and implementation of university strategic initiatives relating to this portfolio. She also works with the Pro Vice Chancellor (STA), and other senior faculty colleagues as a member of the faculty senior leadership team.

  • About

    Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Julie was Director of Sport and Physical Education at the University of Nottingham’s overseas campus in Ningbo, China, where she led on enhancing the student experience for all university students, as well as leading both academic and non-academic sport for approximately 7000 students, working with key partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Malaysia and the UK. Before that she was Head of the Department of Sport, Health and Nutrition at Leeds Trinity University and a member of the University Leadership Team, involved in the development of all key university strategies and in the delivery of the university-wide learning, teaching and assessment strategy. 

    She has held numerous external roles, including past Chair of the UK Sport Development Network (UKSDN), and is a member of the Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA).

    Specialist areas of interest

    • Student Transition, Retention and Graduate Employability
      Behaviour change in university student sport
      Management and administration of university sport and active recreation

  • Research

    Current research

    Project Lead and Principal Researcher for the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) European Sport Leadership Programme, working with universities in Spain, Malta, Italy, Turkey and Greece, carrying out the development and evaluation of a sports leadership programme to enhance both sports participation and graduate employability.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Brunton, J.A. (In Review). Applying staged based theory to engage female students in university sport. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

    St Quinton, T., Brunton. J.A., Utley, A. and Burke, S. (In Review). A theory based approach to identify the critical beliefs underlying university recreational sports participation. Recreation Sports Journal.

    Pickard, L., Brunton, J.A., Ultey, A. and McKenna, J. (In Review). Aiding transition to university through an outdoor orientation programme: Accelerated friendships. Journal of College Student Development.

    Brunton, J.A. (Accepted for Publication). Considering the Administrative Home for University Sport and Active Recreation: One approach doesn’t fit all. Journal of Higher Education Management.

    Tom St Quinton & Julie A. Brunton (2018) The Identification of Reasons, Solutions, and Techniques Informing a Theory-Based Intervention Targeting Recreational Sports Participation, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2018.1443197.

    St Quinton, T. and Brunton. J.A. (2018). The identification of salient beliefs concerning university students’ decision to participate in sport. Recreation Sports Journal. 42 (1).

    St Quinton, T., & Brunton, J.A. (2018). The development of a reliable theory-based psychological instrument to measure cognitions relating to participation in university recreational sports. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 13 (3), in press. doi:

    Brunton, J.A. and Mackintosh, C. (2017). Editorial: University Sport and Public Policy: Implications for future research. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. 9 (3): 373-376.

    Brunton, J.A. and Mackintosh, C. (2017). Interpreting university sport policy in England: Seeking a purpose in turbulent times? International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9 (3): 377-396.

    Pickard, L., McKenna, J., Brunton, J.A. and Ultey, A. (2017). Personal development, resilience theory and transition to university for 1st year students. Higher Education Advances, DOI:

    Antonio Sánchez-Pato, Antonio Calderón, Emanuel Isidori, Julie Brunton. (2017). Developing an Innovative European Sports Tutorship Model for The Dual Career of Athletes. UCAM. ISBN: 978-84-16045-67-9.

    St Quinton, T. and Brunton. J.A. (2017). Implicit Processes, Self-Regulation, and Interventions for Behavior Change. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:346.

    Pickard, L. and Brunton, J. (2016). An Outdoor Orientation Programme in its Infancy, Student Perception Influencing Best Practice. The Journal of College Orientation and Transition. 24 (1): 61-77.

    Brunton, J.A. (2016). Engaging university students in sport and active recreation [Editorial]. Culture, Science and Sport. 11 (32):85-86.

    Sánchez-Pato, A., Calderón, A., Arias-Estero, J., García-Roca, J., Meroño, L., Isidori, E., Brunton, J., Decelis, A., Koustelios, A., Mallia, O., Radcliffe, J. and Sedgwick, M. (2016). Design and validation of a questionnaire about the perceptions of elite athletes: the dual career of university students (ESTPORT). Culture, Science and Sport. 11 (32): 127-147.

    Brunton, J. A. and McKenna, J. (2016). Engaging Students in University Sport: Successes and challenges from the deliverers’ perspective. In Biscomb, K., Medcalf, R. and Griggs, G. Current Issues in Contemporary Sport Development. (eds.) Cambridge Scholars: London.

    Brunton, J. A. (2015). ESDN Conference. Sport Management. Issue 4:70-71.

    Knighton, K. and Meredith, S. (2008). Why should I bother to keep fit? Usborne Publishing Ltd: London. (fitness advice by Dr Julie Brunton).

    Brunton, J. A. (2003). Changing hierarchies of power in physical education using sport education. European Physical Education Review. 9 (3): 267-285.

    Wormald, H., Sleap, M., Brunton, J., Hayes, L., Warburton, P., Waring, M. and White, M. (2003). Methodological issues in piloting a physical activity diary with young people. Health Education Journal. 62 (3): 220-233.

    Brunton, J. A. (2003). Changing hierarchies of power in physical education using sport education. European Physical Education Review. 9 (3): 267-285.

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