Dr Julie Brunton is the Assistant Dean for Student Experience in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering. The main purpose of Julie’s role is to take overall responsibility for ensuring that the college 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 colleges 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 college colleagues as a member of the college senior leadership team.
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
- Student Transition, Retention and Graduate Employability
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.
Cánovas-Alvarez, F.J., Meroño, L., Arias-Estero, J.L., Leiva-Arcas, A., Ortiz, B.Z., Brunton, J., ... Sánchez-Pato, A. (2020). Effects of a sport leadership programme on the perceptions of university students about their leadership competencies (Efectos de un programa de liderazgo deportivo sobre las percepciones de alumnado universitario). Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte, 15 (45). http://doi.org/10.12800/ccd.v15i45.1530
St Quinton, T., & Brunton, J. (2020). The Key Psychological Beliefs Underlying Student Participation in Recreational Sport. Recreational Sports Journal, 44 (1), 38-50. http://doi.org/10.1177/1558866120932179
Brunton, J.A., & St Quinton, T. (2020). Applying Stage-Based Theory to engage female students in university sport. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. http://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2021.161.02
Brunton, J. (2018). The administrative home for university sport and active recreation: One approach doesn’t fit all. Journal of Higher Education Management, 33 (2), 47-61.
St Quinton, T., & Brunton, J. (2018). The development of a reliable theory-based psychological instrument to measure cognitions relating to participation in university recreational sport. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 13 (3), 611-620. http://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2018.133.11
St Quinton, T., & Brunton, J. (2018). The identification of reasons, solutions, and techniques informing a theory-based intervention targeting recreational sports participation. Research quarterly for exercise and sport, 89 (2), 255-264. http://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2018.1443197
St Quinton, T., & Brunton, J. (2018). The identification of salient beliefs concerning university students’ decision to participate in sport. Recreational Sports Journal, 42 (1), 48-63. http://doi.org/10.1123/rsj.2016-0037
Brunton, J., & Mackintosh, C. (2017). University sport and public policy: implications for future research. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9 (3), 373-376. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2017.1361460
Brunton, J., & Mackintosh, C.I. (2017). Interpreting university sport policy in England: seeking a purpose in turbulent times? International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9 (3), 377-395. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2017.1359201
St Quinton, T., & Brunton, J.A. (2017). Implicit processes, self-regulation, and interventions for behavior change. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 346. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00346
Pickard, L., & Brunton, J. (2016). An outdoor orientation programme in it's infancy, student perception influencing best practice. The Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 24 (1), 61-77. http://www.nodaweb.org/page/JCOT
Brunton, J. (2016). Engaging university students in sport and active recreation. Cultura_Ciencia_Deporte (Culture, Science and Sport), 11 (32), 85-86. http://doi.org/10.12800/ccd.v11i32.708
Sánchez-Pato, A., Calderón, A., Arias-Estero, J.L., García-Roca, J.A., Bada, J., Meroño, L., ... Sedgwick, M. (2016). Design and validation of a questionnaire about the perceptions of dual career student-athletes (ESTPORT). Cultura_Ciencia_Deporte (Culture, Science and Sport), 11 (32), 127-147. http://doi.org/10.12800/ccd.v11i32.713
Brunton, J. (2015). Understanding behaviours in order to change them: ESDN Conference report. Sports Management, (4), 70-71. http://www.sportsmanagement.co.uk/Sports-features/sports-management-magazine/Report-Understanding-behaviours-in-order-to-change-them-ESDN-Conference-report/30378
Brunton, J. (2003). Changing hierarchies of power in physical education using sport education. European Physical Education Review, 9 (3), 267-284. http://doi.org/10.1177/1356336X030093005
Wormald, H., Sleap, M., Brunton, J., Hayes, L., Warburton, P., Waring, M., & White, M. (2003). Methodological issues in piloting a physical activity diary with young people. Health education journal, 62 (3), 220-233. http://doi.org/10.1177/001789690306200304
Pickard, L., Brunton, J., McKenna, J., & Utley, A. (n.d.). Aiding transition to university through an outdoor orientation programme: Accelerated friendships. Journal of College Orientation, Transition and Retention.
Brunton, J. (n.d.). Implementing the European Sports Leadership Programme: A vehicle to help development graduate workplace competencies. Journal of Human Sport & Exercise.
Pickard, L., McKenna, J., Brunton, J., & Utley, A. (2017). Personal development, resilience theory and transition to university for 1st year students. Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances, 293-302. http://doi.org/10.4995/HEAd17.2017.5172
Brunton, J., & McKenna, J. (2016). Engaging students in university sport: successes and challenges from the deliverers' perspective. In Biscomb, K., Medcalf, R., & Griggs, G. (Eds.) Current issues in contemporary sport development. (pp. 53-69). Cambridge Scholars
Sanchez-Pato, A., Brunton, J., Leiva-Arcas, A., Isidori, E., & Decelis, A. (Eds.). (2020). European Sport Leadership Programme (ESLP) – Toolkit. European Sport Leadership Programme. https://e2cf3b84-f3d4-43a7-81e7-4e7442d206b9.filesusr.com/ugd/e2b8a7_6414ea94099b450e8b62e6a062c51ac5.pdf
Sanchez-Pato, A., Isidori, E., Calderon, A., & Brunton, J. (Eds.). (2017). An innovative European sports tutorship model of the dual career of student-athletes. UCAM. http://store.ucam.edu/publicaciones/196-an-innovative-european-sports-tutorship-model-of-the-dual-career-of-student-athletes
Brunton, J., & Mayne, V. (2020). Student sport can’t be an optional extra in September’s offer. Wonkhe SU blog 12.06.2020. https://wonkhe.com/blogs-sus/student-sport-cant-be-an-optional-extra-in-septembers-offer/