Daniel Tapley

Academic Tutor - Step Up To He

Academic Quality and Development

At Staffordshire University I work as an Academic Tutor on the Step Up to Higher Education Foundation Certificate programme of study. My role involves helping students return to education and developing the key academic skills needed for University level study. I also provide learners with pastoral and UCAS support, careers advice and guidance.

Prior to joining Staffordshire University, I spent 10 years working in Further Education as a sports lecturer and personal tutor. I was employed at three different FE colleges across the West Midlands. I have a Masters degree in the Sociology of Sport, a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences and a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. I am also an FA level 2 qualified football coach and have worked for Stoke City Football Club’s Community Trust programme. I chose a career in teaching because I strongly believe in the transformative power of education and I am passionate about helpings others to realise their full potential and change their lives for the better.

Academic qualifications

MSc Sociology of Sport & Exercise – 2012 – University of Chester

BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Sciences – 2010 - University of Chester

Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) – 2013 - Staffordshire University


Teaching & Learning

Sociology & Psychology

Sports Coaching

Research interests

The Labour Migration of Professional Footballers – MSc Thesis


Step Up to Higher Education Programme  - Academic Tutor

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021