James Capper

Head Of Department-Sport & Exercise(Tef)

School of Life Sciences and Education

I graduated from Loughborough University in 2001 with a BSc in Physical Education and Sports Science and then completed an MSc in Information Technology. I completed a P.G.C.E. and taught for several years whist also holding whole school and college responsibilities for pastoral care, CPD, I.T training and coaching and mentoring development.

Teaching developed into a national role with the Youth Sport Trust within their Specialism Strategy team and the role involved working with Head Teachers and school staff in a network of over 500 schools and academies. This work included media and presenting experience as well as leadership and project management of an education strategy strand for London 2012. Other areas of work include the creation of an online case study system to support schools in sharing successful learning strategies, an international project with American schools and presentations at national conferences. More recently I have developed by experience of academy leadership via governor and vice chair of governing body roles.

My teaching, research and interests span a broad range of education types and phases including; primary, middle, secondary, special and academy. I am especially interested in the two way knowledge transfer between schools/academies and universities and the benefits of such relationships to learners.

Academic qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate- Schools, academy and university partnerships. Staffordshire University- Current

  • P.G.C.E with Qualified Teacher Status and sixth form enhancement- Chester University- 2005

  • MSc-Information Technology and it’s use for learning. Keele University-2002

  • BSc Hons(2:1)-Physical Education and Sports Science. Loughborough University-2001


  • PE and School Sport.

  • School and academy governance.

  • Leading university and school partnerships.

  • Award leadership.

  • Project management and development of online resources.

Research interests

Areas of interest include physical education, sport and wider learning, the use of new technologies in elite sport coaching and creating learning legacies from major sporting events.

Enterprise and commercial interests

  • Research paper: Competition as pedagogy for learning.

  • Schools Lab, Inspiring action research in schools.

  • Various presentations at national conferences, including PE and Youth Sport conference 2009-2013.


Planning for sports development, challenges to UK sport and leisure policy, contemporary issues in sport coaching, introduction to sports coaching, acquiring sports skills, PE and youth sport placement.

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020