Bethany Smith

Bethany Smith

Personal profile

Research interests

As an early career researcher, my research interests are ever evolving in a range of areas: teacher education and development, curriculum development, student learning and pedagogical principles. In particular, current reserach interests are within the HE sector, but I aim to explore a range of these areas that are either staff or student facing, in an attempt to purposefully make a positive impact to both the institution and my professional development. 

Current teaching

Beth is a Lecturer in PE and School Sport and joined Hartpury University in November 2020. She is the Programme Manager for FdSc (Hons) Sport Performance and Coaching, alongside the BSc (Hons) Sport Performance Top Up. Alongside this, she teaches across BSc (Hons) PE and School Sport, Sport Coaching and FdSc (Hons) programmes. She acheieved Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy in April 2022. 

External positions and memberships

England Football Learning (Formally known as the Football Association) - Licensed Coach

FA Coach Mentor (Women and Girls)

UEFA C Coach Developer for Gloucestershire 

Previous positions

FE Lecturer in Sport, West Kent College. August 2019 - November 2020

The FA, Coach Mentor (Devon FA, Kent FA)

Research and knowledge exchange collaborations

Masters Thesis (looking to publish): What makes professional teacher development effective? An international based systemised review focusing on university settings.

Education/Academic qualification

MA Professional Education Practice (Distinction), University Marjon Plymouth

31 Jan 202025 Nov 2022

Award Date: 25 Nov 2022

PGCE Secondary Physical Education with PSHE and SEND Enhancement (Pass with Distinction), University Marjon Plymouth

Award Date: 1 Jul 2019

BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education - First Class, University Marjon Plymouth

Award Date: 1 Jul 2018


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