Staffs Uni-fied Sports Research Alliance (SUSRA)



Our work within the team focuses on contemporary topics associated to sport and educating future sporting practitioners, whether they be coaches, therapists or PE teachers.

Our aim

A co-operative of academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students based at Staffordshire University. We conduct research, outreach and consultancy activities on the unifying power of sport. We employ a range of innovative methodologies and disseminate our research across several platforms to make a meaningful impact within our local, regional, national and international communities.

With a focus on interdisciplinary research that covers sports coaching, therapy, digital advancements in the teaching of sport, as well as socio-cultural issues of sport, the group aims to work closely with other researchers, sports practitioners, organisations and policy makers across the world to celebrate the unifying power sport has across all communities.

Group leader

Dr Alexander Blackett

Senior Lecturer

Alex's diverse coaching experience ranges from Stoke City Ladies FC to coaching football in New Zealand on their International Player Development Progamme and across the Midwest States of the USA. Alex's interests lie in analysing sport coach le…

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Researchers within Staffs Uni-fied Sports Research Alliance (SUSRA)

Dr Jacky Forsyth

Associate Professor (Tef)

Dr Jacky Forsyth is a Senior Lecturer in exercise physiology. She conducts a wide range of leading research around women in sport and exercise, and specialises in the relationship between ovarian hormones, exercise and health. Her research into …

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Dr Stephanie Romano-Smith


I am the course leader of Distance learning Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) degree programme. I also have teaching responsibilities across undergraduate and postgraduate awards in the area of sport and exercise psychology.

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Edward Stanhope

Senior Lecturer

In 2019 Edward was awarded a master's in teaching and learning with distinction from the University of Birmingham and was also awarded a master's in clinical trials with distinction from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where h…

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Jamie Gillman


Jamie's research is broadly focussed on the areas of social identity and stress. He is particularly interested in the psychophysiological reactions to a pressured situation (e.g. sporting performance, exams, presentations, interviews) and how we…

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Ashley Gill

Course Director

I have a multidisciplinary approach to sports education and aim to facilitate the learning of students to develop subject specific knowledge, and an overall understanding of sport and exercise.

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Gareth Barrett

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Sports Coaching

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