Luciana De Martin Silva
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Dr Luciana De Martin Silva is a Principal Lecturer and the Teaching Development Scheme (TDS) Lead at Hartpury University. She has extensive experience teaching from level 4 to 7 as well as of leading three different academic programmes including undergraduate and postgraduate level. As the University Teaching Development Scheme Lead, Luciana has played a key role in planning, implementing, developing and evaluating the TDS and co-leading Institutional support sessions to the TDS mentoring/coaching team. Luciana also leads a research project that aims to explore University teaching staff's experiences of engaging in the TDS at an Institutional level. Findings have been key in contributing to further integration between the TDS and other staff development initiatives. Research findings have been shared at different prestigious conferences such as the Advance HE Conference (2018), QAA Insights Conference (2020), Landex Conference (2022) and BERA conference (2023). The scheme has been used as a case study by different Institutions to inform their strategic review and/or Code of Practice and contributed to both Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) submissions which were awarded Gold (2017 and 2023).

Luciana became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) in 2014 and has experience as an External Examiner/Validation panel member at five UK Institutions. Within this role, she engaged in continuous dialogue with other Institutions with the aim to identify positive practice as well as enhance teaching and learning provisions (eg., "Luciana’s feedback has been incorporated into the Sport & Exercise team’s assessment and feedback strategy which, since implemented in 2020, has seen our assessment and feedback NSS scores exceed University and Faculty medians and score consistently in the high 80%’s across all programmes" - 2019-2023).  

Luciana is a critical friend of the National Teaching Repository and a freelance endorsement moderator completing work for CIMSPA. She also has experience of working as a female coach mentor for Gloucestershire FA and Coach Developer for UK Coaching and the Football Association.

Luciana's most recent research projects include the exploration of a coaching approach to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at an institutional level as well as the use of collaborative and authentic learning environments to engage students, staff and industry. She has developed research with colleagues from different countries including Portugal, Brazil and the UK which resulted in a number of peer reviewed articles, book chapters and presentations at international conferences. She is a Reviewer for different peer reviewed journals. She has also worked with a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in a research project supervision capacity. This includes the supervision of a PhD to completion as well as currently supervising a PhD student at the University of Porto, Portugal.

Research interests

Areas of interest:

  • Coach Development;
  • Teaching & Learning experiences and Identity development;
  • Social aspects in Coaching, PE and Higher Education.

Current teaching

Luciana has extensive experience teaching from level 4 to 7. The main focus of her teaching currently is on Pedagogy and the research process.

Level 5 - Pedagogy in Action

Level 5 - Coaching and Teaching portfolio

Level 7 - The Scientific Coach (Research process)

Level 7 - Pedagogy in Practice

Level 6 (3rd year), 7 (MSc) and 8 (PhD) research supervision.

Research and knowledge exchange collaborations

Luciana has developed an increasing interest in supporting social inclusion projects. For example, she is currently leading an initiative to support teachers and coaches who are involved in social inclusion projects in Brazil, catering for over 1,000 participants. Luciana also has experience engaging in community initiatives to enhance youth participation in sport and generate student placement opportunities. For example, she created opportunities for Hartpury students to engage in the delivery of Futsal sessions to hundreds of local girls during the winter months from 2014 to 2019 via the successfull partnership she created with the Gloucestershire County Girls Football League and a grant received from the Football Association.

Professional information

Luciana has experience as a qualified PE teacher in Brazil and has experience as a Futsal Head Coach in a variety of settings including community as well as national and international level. The highlights were winning a Gold medal in the World University Games in Beijing in 2001 with Brazil, FA Cup champion twice (2010 and 2015), co-leading the England Deaf Women’s Futsal team to 4th place in the Futsal European Championships in 2018 and recently winning the FA Women's Super Series Northern Futsal division in 2021.

Luciana founded the Hartpury University Women's Futsal team in 2012, starting with two players. Since then, she played a significant role in supporting the planning and creation of our Women's Football and Futsal Academy. Luciana led the team for 10 years and created partnerships with other clubs (eg., Bristol City) which led to the team winning the FA Cup in 2015, the link with Worcester Futsal Club in the Women's National League club in 2021 and promotion to the top level of the BUCS competition (Premier Tier) in 2022. 

Education/Academic qualification

Sport Coaching, PhD, A longitudinal study of BSc Sports Coaching students' learning experiences and identity development, Cardiff Metropolitan University

1 Aug 201122 Sept 2016

Award Date: 22 Sept 2016

Teaching in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Cardiff Metropolitan University


Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Education, Ma, A Foucauldian analysis of parents' perceptions of their daughters' participation in Football., University of Bath

1 Sept 20061 Jul 2007

Award Date: 3 Jul 2007

Physical Education, BSc, Intensidade de Jogos Oficiais de Futsal Feminino. [Intensity of Women’s Futsal Official Matches]. , Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

1 Jan 199920 Dec 2002

Award Date: 22 Dec 2002

External positions

Executive Board Member - International Officer, CRiC: Cluster for Research into Coaching

Nov 2023 → …

Associate Coach Developer, UK Coaching

Jul 2023 → …

Endorsement moderator, CIMSPA

Sept 2022 → …

Futsal Coach Developer, The Football Association

Sept 2022 → …

Critical Friend, The National Teaching Repository

Sept 2022 → …

Board Member, International Science and Football Association

2020 → …

External Examiner for the BSc Sport Coaching programme, University of Northampton

20 Sept 201920 Jul 2023

Reviewer, ‘Sociology of Sport Journal’

2019 → …

External Assessor for BSc (Hons)Sport and Exercise Science (Distance Learning) and BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development, Manchester Metropolitan University


Editorial Board Member, The International Journal of Football Business and Management

2017 → …

External Examiner for the FdSc Sports Performance, University of Bath

20 Sept 201420 Jul 2018

External Review and Revalidation panel member - FdA Sports Development and Coaching programme, Staffordshire University


Reviewer, ‘Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives’

2014 → …


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