Gary Lowe

Visiting Fellow

Life Sciences and Education

Having graduated in Physical Education in 1980 I made the career decision to enter local authority community sport provision, where I gained several years of sport facility management experience. I then returned to teaching as a lecturer in physical education within an FE college where I spent ten happy years delivering a wide range of awards including BTEC National Diploma in Sport Studies and Leisure Management, GNVQ Leisure and Tourism, A Level Physical Education and HND Heritage Tourism, in addition to gaining an MEd in Physical Education. Armed with this higher degree and a desire to improve the education of graduates entering the industry I took my current post as Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University in 1995.

Alongside this professional career development I have always held an affinity with the local community and held posts such as a school Vice Chair of Governors, Commodore and Chief Instructor of a Sailing Club and Trustee of a Local Charity who deliver sailing opportunities to people living with a disability.

Academic qualifications

MA Leisure Management (2001), Sheffield University
MEd Physical Education (1992), Manchester University
BEd Physical Education (1980), Keele University


My work within the sport education sector ranges from NVQ sport awards to designing and delivering Master Degree programmes. Additionally, I have been involved in the development of the ILAM Professional Diploma as the education representative of the UK Higher Education Standing Conference on Leisure, Recreation and Sport. Within the national framework I have been involved in the national development of the GNVQ award in Leisure and Tourism.

Research interests

Current research interests are eclectic and include participation motives within special populations, sport volunteerism, sport management education and sport marketing communications.


Lowe, J. G. (2007, September). Learning Styles and Identity in Sport Facility Management. Dilemmas in Human Services Conference, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

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