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Professor Michelle Jones

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

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Michelle Jones

Role Summary

It is my privilege to be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Plymouth Marjon University. Marjon has a proud heritage vested in social mobility and civic engagement and I lam ambitious about building our impact and reputation, for not only teaching excellence, but also research excellence.


I am responsible for leading all aspects of academic strategy, performance, and planning ensuring alignment with the University strategy. This involves being responsible for the academic schools and ensuring structure, resources and culture enable excellence in teaching, knowledge exchange and research external frameworks.



  • 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 research interests can be broadly classified as applied mixed-methods interdisciplinary research in relation to physical activity and wellbeing in young people. My research outputs focus on young people, physical activity and wellbeing and I am keen to maintain the applied nature of my research to impact positively on society. I engage in a range of professional research related activities including regularly acting as a referee for peer-reviewed journals. I have supervised several students on post-graduate awards and have PhD completions.



Recent selected peer-reviewed publications

Budzynski-Seymour, EmilyJones, Michelle and Steele, James (2023) “I Felt I Was Actually Inside the Movie” An Exploratory Study into Children’s Views of Staging a Physically Active Experience, with Implications for Future Interventions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (4). ISSN 1660-4601

Budzynski-Seymour, EmilyJones, Michelle and Steele, James (2022) ‘A Physically Active Experience’: Setting the Stage for a New Approach to Engage Children in Physical Activity Using Themed Entertainment Experiences. Sports Medicine. ISSN 0112-1642

Defever, EmanuelleRandall, Vicky and Jones, Michelle (2021) A Realist Case Study Inquiry of English Primary School Physical Activity Initiatives. Sport, Education and Society. ISSN 1357-3322 (In Press)

Budzynski-Seymour, EmilyJones, Michelle and Steele, James (2021) Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Help Children Be Physically Active? Exploring the Immersive Qualities of Les Mills’ and Marvel’s “Move Like the Avengers” Video. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (13). ISSN 1660-4601

Budzynski-Seymour, EmilyJones, Michelle and Steele, James (2021) Influence of Public Health England’s Change4Life Disney Branded 10-minute Shake Ups on Children’s Post Activity Affective Response. Communications in Kinesiology, 1 (2). ISSN 2767-0732

Defever, Emmanuel and Jones, Michelle (2021) Rapid Realist Review of School-Based Physical Activity Interventions in 7- to 11-Year-Old Children. Children, 8 (1). ISSN 2227-9067

Dorling, HMwaanga, O and Jones, Michelle (2020) Implementing physically active teaching and learning in primary school curricula in the United Kingdom. Education 3-13. ISSN 0300-4279

Defever, EmmanuelMwaanga, OscarLee, Barbara and Jones, Michelle (2020) Evaluation of Practice to Promote Physical Activity in Schools in a Unitary Authority in England. Public Health, 182. pp. 155-160. ISSN 0033-3506

Budzynski-Seymour, EmilyConway, RebeccaWade, MatthewLucas, AlexJones, MichelleMann, Steve and Steele, James (2020) Physical Activity, Mental and Personal Well-Being, Social Isolation, and Perceptions of Academic Attainment and Employability in University Students: The Scottish and British Active Students Surveys. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1543-3080

Jones, MichelleDefever, EmanuelleLetsinger, AylandSteele, James and Mackintosh, Kelly (2019) A mixed studies systematic review and meta-analysis of school-based interventions to promote physical activity and/or reduce sedentary time in children. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 9 (1). pp. 3-17. ISSN 2095-2546

Mann, StevenWade, MatthewJones, MichelleSandercock, GavinBeedie, Chris and Steele, James (2019) One-year surveillance of body mass index and cardiorespiratory fitness in UK primary school children in North West England and the impact of school deprivation level. Archives of Disease in Childhood. archdischild-2018. ISSN 0003-9888



Roles on external bodies

University College of Estates Management Independent Trustee (2022 ongoing)

Plymouth Employment and Skills Board (2021 ongoing)

Other Interests


  • My children!
  • The outdoors
  • Cooking

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