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Ashley Gill

  • Job title: Course Director
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


My background is primarily one of teaching and coaching. I have taught on sports coaching related courses since 2007, and I have a multi-disciplinary perspective to sports education, specifically sports coaching. I have also been an active basketball coach for over 20 years, coaching within academies, basketball camps, as well as local, regional and junior national league teams.

In my role here at Staffordshire University, I am a course leader for the BSc Football Coaching and Performance degree. It is my responsibility to oversee the development, delivery, resources and management of the specific programme. Alongside this, my general lecturing duties at Staffordshire University include developing curriculum, and planning and contributing to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the subject area of sports coaching. My key duty is facilitating the teaching, learning and assessment of Higher Education (HE) students studying on a range of sport and exercise related degrees, through engaging and innovative lectures and seminars. 

I am also a Member of the Academy of Fellows through my Teaching Excellence Fellowship (2016-18). Being a member of the academy means that I continually engage in CPD and keep up to date with practice in both my subject discipline (sports coaching) and education. I model excellent practice in my approach to teaching and/or the facilitation of student/staff learning, often by leading workshops, presenting posters and doing talks at relevant regional and national conferences, whilst submitting papers to relevant peer reviewed journals.

I am a PhD candidate at Staffordshire University, completing a PhD by Publication (Prospective). My main research interests for my PhD revolve around the transition of Sport & Exercise students to Higher Education, exploring the different journeys of student groups through key educational landmarks.


Research articles:

Gill, A. J. G. (2016, July 20). Performance vs. Participation in Youth Sports. The Sentinel. Retrieved from

Gill, A. J. G. Gill. (2017), The Transitional Experiences of Sport and Exercise Students from Further Education to Higher Education, Innovative Practice in Higher Education (3:1). Online:

Gill, A.J.G., 2019. The thoughts, feelings and perceptions of sport and exercise students progressing from vocational education and training to academic education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, pp.1-14.

Gill, A., 2019. Student Transition into Higher Education: Exploring BTEC Sport and Exercise Students Forthcoming Transition to Higher Education Taught within a Further Education Setting. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 3(3), pp.90-112.


Gill, A. J. G., 2020 (February 26th). Factors Affecting University Sports Students Participation in NGB Coach Education Courses. UK Coaching, Applied Research Conference, Pride Park, Derby.

Newlands, K. & Gill, A. J. G., 2020 (February 26th). Players Perceptions of Experiencing the Constraints Led Approach to Coaching. UK Coaching, Applied Research Conference, Pride Park, Derby.

Gill, A. J. G. (2020, February 26th). ‘Straight off the training ground’: Using the Constraints Led Approach for Pre-planned Strategies in Rugby Union. UK Coaching, Applied Research Conference, Pride Park, Derby.