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Andy thomas 2018

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MSc Sport & Exercise Science
PGCE Physical Education
BA (Hons) Human Movement Studies

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow
CAVA Qualified
UKCC Level 1 Tutor (Swimming Coaching)
Level 3 Club Coach (Swimming)


I have been lecturing in Higher Education since 2003 initially with the former University of Wales, Newport at Caerleon. Over this time my role and responsibilities have changed from being a module leader to a course leader. In 2008 I was presented with a ‘Rising Star’ award by the Pro vice Chancellor which recognised my abilities in teaching and learning. I have since gained Fellowship with the HEA and developed an Erasmus Exchange programme. In addition to my current role I am a link coordinator with one of our partner colleges for an FD sports course and am now External Examining for the University of Worcester. Having gained my coaching certifications for Swimming I have had experience coaching in development clubs, performance clubs, University sport and Masters level swimming. In addition to coaching adult swimmers I also Tutor for Swim Wales developing level 1 coaches.


Coach to Cardiff Masters Swimming Club (Current)
Coach to David Lloyd Swimming Club (current)
Open Water Competitor
Acting head Coaching Head Coach Bridgend County Swim Squad 2018
Development Coach City of Cardiff Swimming Club


Course Leader BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
Erasmus Coordinator (Sport)
Learning and Teaching Support (Sport)

Module Leader: Introduction to Sports Coaching, Introduction to Sports Science for Coaching, Academic, Research and Professional Skills, Research Methods, Applied Sports Coaching.


Kumstát, M., Rybářová, S., Novotný, J. and Thomas, A. (2015)
Case Study: Competition nutrition intakes during the Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Races in Elite Female Swimmer. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Thomas, A and Andrews, P (2010) Using Moodle to meet the challenges of assessment and feedback for 1st year undergraduate students. HEA 25 pp 28 – 30.

Lewis, N & Thomas, A. (2005) Foundation Degree Collaboration in Practice – Providing an Effective Link within the Triadic Partnership HEA Link 13 pp 17-19.

Thomas, A and Wathan, C. (2014) Using student friendly electronic interfaces to enhance the learner journey: from application to graduation. HEA Future Directions Conference 2014 Global Graduates Enabling Flexible Learning. Aberwystyth University 2 – 3 April.

Thomas, A and Goodwin, J. (2013) The influence of modified warm up on 100m Freestyle swimming performance. Sport and Quality of Life Conference. Brno, 7 – 8 November 2013. Masaryk University, Faculty of Sports Studies.

Thomas, A. and Andrews, P. (2009) Using Moodle to meet the challenges of assessment and feedback for 1st year undergraduate students. Poster presentation at HEA conference Oxford.

Thomas, A. and Powis, L. (2009) ‘Perceptions of Parental Support in Youth Performance Swimmers’. Poster presentation at the All Wales Virtual Institute of Sport Health & Exercise Science (WISHES) 2009. Aberystwyth.

Thomas, A. (2005) Building a Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The Coach and Parent Relationship in Youth Competitive Swimming. Sport and Quality of Life Conference. Brno , 10-11 November 2005. Masaryk University, Faculty of Sports Studies.


Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow
Swim Wales
IOS (Institute of Swimming)
RAPs (Register of Aquatic Professionals)


External Examining Experience
University of Worcester (Current)
HND Sports Coaching
University of Gloucestershire (2010 – 2014)
FD programmes in Sports Development, Coaching, Fitness
University of Plymouth (2010 – 2014)
BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (Top Up)
Fd Outdoor Education

Areas of Expertise

Sports Coaching – Competitive swimming

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