John Erskine

Senior Lecturer

School of Life Sciences and Education

I have been teaching at the University for over 20 years and have held a range of responsibilities including Level Tutor, Module and Award Leader and Scheme Leader. Subject-wise my teaching expertise lies in the areas of exercise psychology and on how skilled behaviour is acquired in sport. During the past 10 the focus of my teaching has been on appropriate adoption of technology supported learning to improve the student learning experience. In this regard I led our move in September 2005 to an online model of delivery for postgraduate taught provision in Sport & Exercise including MSc. awards in sport & exercise science and sport & exercise psychology. More recently I have been involved developing curricula and technology based solutions to support the delivery of the ‘Staffordshire Graduate’ to our undergraduate students.

Professional memberships and activities

British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (Member)

Academic responsibilities

  • Academic Group Leader, Sport & Exercise (Postgraduate, Partnerships and Online Learning)
  • Award Leader MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Science
  • University Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee (Member)
  • Staffordshire Graduate Forum (Member)
  • Faculty Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee (Member)
  • Faculty Recruitment & Partnership Committee (Member)
  • School Strategic Operations Team (Member)
  • Sport & Exercise Postgraduate Board of Studies (Chair)

Academic qualifications

BSc. (Hons) Education & Physical Education, Bangor University.
Senior Fellow, HEA

Expertise

  • The design and delivery of online modules

  • The appropriate use of technology supported learning in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching environments

  • The Staffordshire Graduate

Research interests

Research interests include: the effective design of online learning environments; the structure and organisation of practice to support the effective learning of sport skills; implicit and explicit learning and the breakdown of sport related performance under pressure.

Teaching

I currently lead/support the following modules on our online MSc. Applied Sport & Exercise Science award: Physical Activity & Mental Health; Skill Acquisition in Sport; Research Methods and Data Analysis; Masters Research Project

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