Mr Andy Hooton

Position: Assistant Head of Sport and Exercise

Subject area: Sport and Exercise

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I am Assistant Head of Subject for Sport and Exercise and a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the following modules as part of the Sport and Exercise Science and Studies programmes:

  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (level 4)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (level 5)
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise (level 5)
  • Applied Sports Psychology (level 6)
  • Independent Study for Sport and Exercise (level 6).

Professional interests

I first graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2005 with BSc Hons degree in Psychology and Biology. I then pursued my postgraduate education at Manchester Metropolitan University where I completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science (Psychology sided) in 2006, following which I began a part-time PhD at the University of Huddersfield in sport psychology, which I am due to complete in 2013.

I completed a postgraduate certificate for teaching in higher education in 2009 from the University of Huddersfield. I have been teaching in sport and exercise psychology since 2006 and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2006 I was appointed as a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Huddersfield where I pursued my academic career as a lecturer, researcher and consultant.

I became a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology - Scientific Support) in 2011 and have worked as a consultant with a range of athletes since 2007.

In 2012 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Derby where I lecture on the sport and exercise programmes, pursue research within the field of sport and exercise psychology, and continue to provide sport science support to athletes and exercise clients.

In April 2013 I was appointed as Assistant Head of Subject for Sport and Exercise.

Research interests

I am currently in the 6th year of a part-time PhD entitled 'Becoming an Applied Sport and Exercise Scientist: A Phenomenological Study of Supervised Experience' and aim to submit my final thesis in September 2013. The implications from my PhD research will provide guidance as to best methods of learning and development for neophyte practitioners, of which beneficial elements of applied experience could be integrated within undergraduate and postgraduate teaching/learning.

In addition to my PhD research I have strong interests regarding how psychological factors influence performance on a number of levels. Work as an applied practitioner (with both individuals and teams) has fuelled an interest in research regarding enhancing athlete performance.

Membership of professional bodies

  • HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Biology (GBC status), Liverpool John Moores University.

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science (Psychology sided), Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Higher Education Practice), The University of Huddersfield.

Research qualifications

  • PhD - Becoming an Applied Sport and Exercise Scientist (ongoing), The University of Huddersfield.

Recent conferences

  • Hooton, A. (2014). Paving the way for effective supervision: The importance of the supervisory relationship. Accepted to the ‘New Horizons Conference’ 2014, Keynote Presentation.
  • Hooton, A., Huntley, E., Sellars, C., & Knowles, Z. (2013). Developing the next generation of sport & exercise scientists.Accepted to the ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference’ 2013, Symposium.
  • Hooton, A., & McGarey, V. (2013). Embedding Professional Development Within Sport and Exercise: Exploring Student Perspectives and Engagement. Accepted to the ‘Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference’ 2013, Oral Presentation.
  • Hooton, A., & Sellars, C. (2012). Becoming an applied sport scientist: The role of shared reflection in experiential learning. Oral presentation at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS). Funded by the University of Huddersfield Psychology Division.
  • Hooton, A. (2009). Becoming an applied sport and exercise psychologist: A phenomenological study of supervised experience. Poster presented at the University of Huddersfield Research Festival 2009.

Additional interests and activities

  • Professional Consultancy - HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology - Scientific Support)
  • Provision of psychological support to athletes from a range of sports and levels.
  • Clients have included: Semi-professional and amateur MMA fighters, county golfers, tennis players, cyclists, hockey players/teams, rugby players/teams, professional football youth academy, coaches, athletes recovering from injury, physiotherapists and people aiming to improve general fitness or make lifestyle changes relating to exercise.

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