Skip to main content Accessibility information

Dr Phil Brown

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Wellbeing

01752 636700 Ext:8691

pbrown@marjon.ac.uk


Phil Brown

Role Summary

  • Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Programme Area Leader.
  • Overall curriculum responsibility for the BA Hons Sport Development programme (including the specialist pathways in Sport Management and Coaching and School Sport). 
  • Responsible to the BA Football Development and Coaching Degree and our partnership with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and Devon FA. I lead the Foundation Degree in Sport Development and Coaching (known as FdA Sport Studies from 2018-2019).
  • Academic Link Tutor for Sport Development and Coaching provision at Richard Huish College.  


Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate in Education, University of Plymouth.
  • MSc (Hons) Distinction in Sports Management, Northumbria University.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Special Field: Professional Development), Plymouth Marjon University.
  • BA (Hons) Physical Recreation Programmes and Geography. Exeter University.


Teaching

I currently teach on undergraduate sports programmes including

  • BA (Hons) Sports Development including (specialist pathways in Sport Management and Coaching and School Sport);
  • BA Football Development and Coaching; Foundation Degree in Sport Development and Coaching / Sport Studies;
  • BA Sports Coaching; BA Physical Education; BA Sport, Coaching and Physical Education.
  • I contribute to the post graduate MRes in Sport Development and Sport Management.

Modules teaching includes;

  • Foundations in Sport Development;
  • Sport / Football in the Community;
  • Sport Policy and Governance,
  • Work Placement and Reflective Practice;
  • Inclusion in Sport;
  • Sport and Education;
  • Strategic Management;
  • Leadership and Management;
  • Applied Sport Development (for employability);
  • Honours and Postgraduate Projects.


Research

  • Free Swimming: Local evaluation team for the Local Exercise Action Pilot (LEAP) Plymouth Free Swimming initiative - a national pilot funded by the Department of Health, Sport England and the Countryside agency that aimed to increase levels of physical activity in vulnerable and hard to reach groups
  • Local Authority Sports Development
  • Community Sport Development
  • Sport Policy
  • Comparative Sport Policy analysis
  • Education research: Higher Education Student experience


Publications

Journal articles:

Dowling, M., Brown,P. Legg, D. Beacom, A (2017) Living with imperfect comparisons: The challenges and limitations of comparative paralympic sport policy research. Sport Management Review

Dowling, M. Legg, D. and Brown, P. Cross-Comparative Sport Policy Analysis and Paralympic Sport. In Brittain, I. and Beacom, A (eds) (2017) The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies. London: Palgrave.

Queen,M., Bloxham,S. and Brown, P. (2017) Support Systems For Mixed-Site Recovering Cancer Patients To Sustain Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study. Person Centered Healthcare. Vol 5. No. 1 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ejpch.v5i1.1227

Queen, M., Bloxham, S., Brown, P., Coyle, M., & Jane, B. (2015).  Perceived changes to quality of life indicators following a physical activity intervention for recovering cancer patients: A qualitative study.  European Journal of Person Centered Healthcare. Accepted for publication September 2015

Queen, M., Bloxham, S., Brown, P., Coyle, M., & Jane, B. (2015). Impact of an exercise programme on sustaining physical activity for recovering cancer patients: A qualitative study. European Journal of Person Centered Healthcare. (In press, July 2015).

Brown, P. (2015) Communities of Practice: A Heuristic for Workplace Reflection in Higher Education. The International Journal for Recording Achievement, Planning and Portfolios. 1 (1) 31-41

Pringle, A., R., Zwolinsky, S., Brown, P., McKenna, J., Daly-Smith, A. (2014) Initial Effects of a Free Swimming Pilot Programme on Physical Activity Levels of Young People Public.  Public Health 128(5) 485-7. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2014.01.016. Epub 2014 May 22

Brown, P., and Thomas, R. (2010) ‘What is sports development? Exploring the definitional complexity of sports development’. Journal of Physical Activity and Human Development. Summer 2010 No. 4

Pringle, A., Gilson, N., McKenna, J., Rivett, M., & Brown, P. (2009) The Effects Of Community Free Swimming On Engagement And Moderate-to-vigorous Physical Activity In Young People. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. May 2009 41 (5) 443

Pringle, A., Gilson, N., McKenna, J., Rivett, M., & Brown, P. (no date) The Effects Of Community Free Swimming On Engagement And Moderate-to-vigorous Physical Activity In Young People. Leeds: University of Leeds -Carnegie Research Institute

Conference presentations and Abstracts:

Thomas, R; Brown, P; Dowling, M (2017) Augmenting the student experience through digital innovation. Research presented at the Higher Education Academy Annual Conference Generation TEF: Teaching in the Spotlight. Manchester University, UK, 2017

Brown, P. (2016) Finding the ‘real’ and discovering the ‘reality’ in the ‘construction’ of a doctoral qualitative research ‘method’ chapter. Plymouth: Plymouth Institute of Education / Institute of Health and Community. 18th June 2016.

Brown, P., Thomas, R. Gribble, Z. (2016) The Sport Development Hub Presented at University of St Mark and St John Marjon  Annual Learning and Teaching Conference  2016: ‘A Space for Learning’. Plymouth: University of St Mark and St John. 8th-9th June 2016

Dowling, M., Brown, P., & Salisbury, P. (2015). Higher Education Sport Development: Examining the Role of the United Kingdom Higher Education Sector in Sport and Physical Activity. (Abstract submitted for oral presentation European Sport Development Network Conference. Leeds Trinity, Leeds)

Brown, P. & Boyask, R. (2015) A critique of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).  Presented at The Fourth International Seminar “Researching and Evaluating Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolio” University of Plymouth. Thursday 16th – Friday 17th April 2015. Plymouth: Centre for Recording Achievement.

Brown, P. (2012) Communities of Practice – a heuristic device for Work Based Learning. Presented at UCP Marjon Learning, Teaching and Research Conference 2012: Redefining the contours of Learning, Teaching Research in the 21st Century. Plymouth: UCP Marjon. 5th-6th July 2012

Brown, P. (2012) Communities of Practice – a heuristic device for Work Based Learning in Sports Development. Presented at Post Graduate Research Conference 2012.  University of Plymouth:  Plymouth. 9th June 2012

Salisbury, P., and Brown, P. (2010) A meso-level policy analysis of the decision to become a candidate city for the Football World Cup.  Presented at the Faculty of Sport Media, and Creative Arts Research Conference, University College Marjon, Plymouth.

Brown, P. (2009) ‘Community Sports Networks: Moving the Goalposts? An analysis of the rhetoric and reality of sports partnerships within a dynamic policy environment’.  Presented at the School of Sport, Physical Education and Leisure Research Conference, University College Marjon, Plymouth.

Pringle A, Gilson N, McKenna J, Rivett M and Brown P. (2009). The effects of community free swimming on engagement and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in young people, 56th American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA May 31-June 1.

Jones, R., Lindsey, L., Brown, P., Dimond, C., Lewendon, G. and Oates, L. (2008) ‘Evaluation of a free swimming programme for adolsescents.  Presented at the 12th International Nursing Research Conference and 6th Biennial Jonna Briggs Colloquium.  Cordoba, Spain

Brown, P. (2008) An evaluation of the recruitment, deployment and recognition of volunteers by Cancer Research UK at the Plymouth Race for Life 2008’. Presented at the School of Sport, Physical Education and Leisure Research Conference, University College Marjon, Plymouth.

Brown, P. (2007) Keeping the ‘balls in the air’ whilst ‘the plates are spinning’ Presented at the School of Sport, Physical Education and Leisure Research Conference, University College Marjon, Plymouth.

Brown, P (2006) ‘Learning from LEAP’ Presented on behalf of Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Primary Care Trust at the joint Learning from LEAP conference organised by the Department of Health, Sport England and Natural England, London, UK.

Brown, P (2006) ‘Local Exercise Action Pilot (LEAP) Free Swimming referral scheme for young people in Plymouth’ Presented to joint Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management and Amateur Swimming Association, ‘The Power of Swimming’ conference, London, UK.

Brown, P (2004), Local Exercise Action Pilot (LEAP) presented worked shop session at the Sport England South West social exclusion conference ‘Lets Change Lives’ Taunton, UK.

Research, consultancy and professional practice interests:

Legg, D., Dowling, M., & Brown, P. (2015). Paralympic Comparative Sport Policy Research: A Proposal for Understanding Paralympic Sporting Success. (Discussion paper produced on behalf of the International Paralympic Committee Sport Science Committee)

Queen, M., Bloxham, S., Brown, P., Coyle, M., & Jane, B. (2015). Active Choices for Cancer Programme: Evaluation Report. University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, U.K. 

2009  - MSc Dissertation -  Community Sports Networks: Moving the Goalposts? An analysis of the rhetoric and reality of sports partnerships within a dynamic policy environment. 

2008 – MSc An evaluation of the recruitment, deployment and recognition of volunteers by Cancer Research UK at the Plymouth Race for Life 2008

January – July 2006 Local Exercise Action Pilot consultancy for Plymouth City Council

April 2006 contributed to Devonport Regeneration Company’s Physical Activity Strategy

Lindsey, L., Jones, R., Brown, P. & Dimond, C. (2006) Evaluation of the Plymouth Free Swimming Programme. Plymouth City Council / Plymouth Primary Care Trust.


Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • Higher Education Teaching Fellow (HEA)
  • Member of the UK Sport Development Network (UKSDN)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
  • Conference organising committee member for the 2017 UKSDN Conference


Roles on external bodies

  • Book Reviewer for Routledge  - Sport and Leisure (book proposals)
  • External Examiner for BA Sport Development and Coaching Buckinghamshire New University.
  • Plymouth School Sport Partnership Steering Group member. 


Other Interests

Committee Member of the Marjon Sports Federation Executive.

Share this page on