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Rebecca Peake

Dr Rebecca Peake MSc, PGDip, BSc

Associate Dean, Global & Academic Partnerships (College of Social Sciences & Arts)


I provide strategic leadership of UK and international partnerships for the College of Social Sciences and Arts. I work with our partners, communicating the strategic vision, mission and ambition of Sheffield Hallam to be the world's leading applied university.

I provide leadership and direction on matters relating to global engagement, including international development and recruitment, partnerships, student and staff mobility. Additionally, I bring a wider global dimension into the curriculum and life of the University.

I work with the a range of colleagues across the University to identify clear, targeted, comprehensive actions to deliver and grow recruitment, global and academic partnerships activity, in line with the relevant cross-university plans and the University strategy, whilst meeting the standards of appropriate national and international quality assurance bodies.

I am accountable for the global student experience within the college and promote equality, diversity and inclusion within all aspects of the student experience. To achieve this, I work collaboratively with members of the college and departmental leadership teams to develop and promote innovative ideas and academic practice to enhance the college's partnership development and global curriculum, including promoting and enabling interdisciplinary collaboration.

Alongside my leadership role at the University, I am an active researcher and pride myself on the applied nature of my outputs. My publications tackle real world problems in disciplines such as elite parasport.  My current research focus provides me with an outlet to remain engaged with sport, shaping policy, whilst enhancing the experience of para-athletes and international sporting success.



  • 2019: Professional Doctorate in Sports Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2009: PGDip in Teaching and Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector, University of Derby, United Kingdom
  • 2007: MSc Sport and Leisure Management, Loughborough University
  • 2004: BSc Sport Science with Management, Loughborough University

PG External Examiner


  • 2017: , University of South Wales, United Kingdom

UG External Examiner


  • 2016: , University of Worcester, United Kingdom


Determining International Sporting Success Factors in British Para Athletics Parasport Policy, Strategy and Implementation by National Governing Bodies

Parasport International Comparisons

Modelling Success Factors in Parasport


Journal articles

Peake, R., & Davies, L.E. (2022). International sporting success factors in GB para-track and field. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Lei, Y., Lam, C.K.Y., Lam, M.H.S., Peake, R., Wong, A.S.W., Flint, S.W., ... Ho, E. (2017). Validity and Reliability of Timed Up and Go Test on Dynamic Balance in 3-5 Years Old Preschool Children. Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 7 (2), 266.

Lai, C.Y., Lee, K.Y., Lam, M.H.S., Wu, C.F., Peake, R., Flint, S.W., ... Ho, E. (2017). Validity and Reliability of Curl-Up Test on Assessing the Core Endurance for Kindergarten Children in Hong Kong. Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 7 (2), 267.

Lam, M.S.H., Tung, K., Man, D., Lee, K.Y., Flint, S., & Peake, R. (2017). Examining Lower Limb Injuries among Male Amateur Soccer Players. Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 7 (1), 264.

Lam, M.H.S., Lei, Y., Ho, R.K.S., Cheung, B.C.M., Lo, D.S.T., Sun, L.H., ... Lee, K.Y. (2017). Effects of physical activity on functional health of older adults: a systematic review. Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 6 (3).

Flint, S., & Peake, R. (2016). Lead by example: should sport take a stand against brands of unhealthy consumption? Public Health, 134, 117-119.

Flint, S., Peake, R., Plumley, D.J., Polyakova, O., Reale, S., Wilson, R., ... Pheonix, F. (2015). The impact of athlete endorsement on estimates of nutritional content of food meals. Appetite, 87, 395.

Flint, S., Plumley, D.J., Peake, R., & Polyakova, O. (2014). Using sport as a tool to market unhealthy food. European Journal of Business and Social Sciences, 2 (12), 15-25.

Conference papers

Peake, R., & Davies, L. (2020). Determining elite para-athletic development pathways: An investigation of Track & Field [abstract only]. In NASSM 2020 Conference, Virtual, 28 May 2020 - 30 May 2020. NASSM:

Lindley, M., Peake, R., & Mallett, R. (2018). Using video to facilitate student learning and Collaboration. Association for Learning Technology Conference. In Association for Learning Technology Conference 25th Annual Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 11 September 2018 - 13 September 2018.

Peake, R., Flint, S., & Reale, S. (2015). Lead By Example: The Impact Of Athlete Endorsement On Perceptions Of Nutritional Values. In SMAANZ Conference. Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, Hobart, 2015.

Peake, R. (2015). International Sporting Success Factors For United Kingdom Paralympic Athletes. In SPLISS - 2nd World Conference on Elite Sport, Melbourne, Australia, 23 November 2015 - 24 November 2015.

Peake, R., & Davies, L. (2019). Determining International Parasport Success Factors For Para-Athletics In The UK. In Breitbarth, T., Bodet, G., Luna, Á.F., Naranjo, P.B., & Bielons, G. (Eds.) European Sport Management Conference, Seville, Spain, 3 September 2019 - 6 September 2019 (pp. 691-692). Universidad Europea:

Book chapters

Jacobi, M., & Peake, R. (2018). Managing community sport and physical activity centres. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport. (pp. 145-160). London: Routledge:

Peake, R., & Jacobi, M. (2018). Leadership and management in community sport organisations. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport. (pp. 180-195). London: Routledge:

Other activities

External Examiner University of South Wales: MA Leadership in Sport, MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science, MSc Sports Coaching and Performance.

External Examiner University of Worcester: BA (Hons) Sport Business Management.

China Overseas Student Immigration Council, Senior Consultant and Advisor.

China Overseas Student Federation Charity Foundation, working in strategic partnership with UNESCO Independent Board Member.

China International Education and Research Academy; Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and China: Senior Management Consultant for International Industry and Professional Accreditation Association.

Panel chair and Panel member for Sheffield Hallam University course approval, validation and partner institution events.

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