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Professor Michelle Jones

Interim Vice-Chancellor

Deputy Vice-Chancellors Office

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Michelle Jones

Role Summary


It is my privilege to be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Marjon as we embark on our ambitious growth plan. Marjon has a proud heritage vested in social mobility and civic engagement and I look forward to building on our reputation, for not only teaching excellence, but also research excellence by leading our first submission to Research Excellence Framework.

With the Marjon values at the heart of developing our research culture, aligning research excellence with our teaching excellence and working collaboratively with colleagues is central to my role.  I am also responsible for oversight of Marjon sport and health, estates, finance and the research office.



  • PhD Pediatric Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University
  • BSc Human Movement Science, The University of Liverpool



I was Dean of the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Southampton Solent University 2015-2018, Associate Dean (Quality) in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University from 2008-2015, Associate Head of Department at Edge Hill University from 2001 to 2008 and started my teaching career at The University of Liverpool in 1997. During these roles I led strategic initiatives related to enhancing the student experience, improving student success and introduction of new curriculum areas such as nursing, biomedical science and sports therapy.

I have worked on partnerships with NHS trusts and other organisations of flexible curricula and apprenticeships to support the development of people and workforce needs, including leading a HEFCE funded degree apprentice development project.



My PhD and many of my research publications focus on recurrent non-specific low-back pain in children, in particular, physical risk factors and the role of exercise in relieving this condition. My PhD underpins a strong research interest in physical activity and wellbeing, particularly in children, which I am currently pursuing further, supervising PhD students investigating physical activity initiatives within school settings. I believe that a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to answer applied real world research questions and my current research interests tend to reflect this philosophy.



Recent selected peer-reviewed publications

Mann, S., Wade, M., Steele, J., Jones, M., Sandercock, G., and Beedie, C. The impact of seasonal variationand school deprivation upon BMI and fitness in English primary school children. Archives of Disease in Childhood (in press).

Jones, M. (2017) Effect of Sex and Body Mass Index on Children’s Physical Activity Intensity during Free Play at an Indoor Soft Play Center: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14: 1052-1060. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14091052

Forsdyke, D., Smith, A., Jones, M, Gledhill, A. (2017) Infographic: Psychosocial Factors Associated with Injury Prevention: A Systematic Review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51:321-322. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097467.

Forsdyke, D., Smith, A., Jones, M, Gledhill, A. (2016) Psychosocial Factors Associated with Outcomes of Sports Injury Rehabilitation in Competitive Athletes,: A Mixed Methods Studies Systematic Review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50:537-544. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094850.


Recent selected conference presentations & abstracts

Jones, M., Defever, E., Mackintosh, K. and Lestinger, A. (2018). A mixed method systematic review of primary school based interventions to promote physical activity and/or reduce sedentary behaviour. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15 (10 Suppl 1), S121.  Presented at International Society for Physical Activity and Health Annual Conference, London October 2018.

Defever, E., Lee, B., Mwaanga, O. and Jones, M. (2018). Is it what it looks like? Physical activity opportunities in Southampton primary schools. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15 (10 Suppl 1), S125. Presented at International Society for Physical Activity and Health Annual Conference, London October 2018.

Jones, M and Buckton A (2014). Revitalising the academic tutor role: worthwhile or folly? European First Year Experience Conference, Nottingham.

Expert Membership of professional bodies



Roles on external bodies


I am referee for a number of journals including Journal of Sports Sciences, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Acta Pediatrica, Health Education Research, Ergonomics & Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports.

Other Interests


  • My children!
  • The outdoors
  • Cooking

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