Charles Spring

Position: Senior Lecturer Spa and Wellness

College: College of Business

Department: Hotel, Resort and Spa Management

Subject area: Spa

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I am a senior lecturer in spa and wellness management programmes at the University of Derby in the College of Business, Department of HRSM. I research in the area of martial arts and professionalism and have a book published in that area Martial Arts: Applications in Higher Education. I have responsibility for short courses in the area of martial arts.

Externally I am an external examiner for two other HE institution's sports programmes. I am also currently the chairman for the Disability Martial Arts Association.

Teaching responsibilities

I have lecturing duties in spa and wellness management, my specialisms are contemporary issues in wellness that impact on social inclusion and strageic management. I also lecture martial arts related short courses in the areas of history, coaching and philosophy.

Professional interests

Education and professionalisation; wellness management; martial arts; sustainability and the impact on the environment of spa, wellness and tourism. I still compete in martial arts and am current veteran English Champion in Kata (forms).

Research interests

Currently, I am undertaking an EdD in Professionalisation in Martial Arts. I have presented papers at several conferences in realtion to this subject and have several peer reviewed papers.

Membership of professional bodies

I'm a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Leisure Management, Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies.

Postgraduate qualifications

  • Master of Arts Tourism Business Administration, University of Birmingham.

Recent publications

Spring, C. (2015) Martial Arts: Applications in Higher Education. Ex-L-Ence Publishing.UK

Spring, C., (2015) Professionalisation of Martial Arts: Case of University of Derby Developing a BA. (Hons) Joint Honours Degree in Martial Arts with the European Wing Tsun Organisation in Heidelberg Germany. IQ (Institute of Martial Arts Quarterly) Vol. 4 Issue 3. Summer (2015)

Spring, C.P. (2014) Professionalisation of Sports Teaching and Coaching through Experiential Learning: in Reid, G. and Woo Lee, J. (Eds). (2014) Social Justice in Sports Development: LSA Publications: UK

Spring, C., Moeller, R. and Cheetham M. (2014) Measure of the influence of Martial Arts Instructors on Aggressiveness:  IQ Journal. Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences: UK.

Spring, C. & Rice, M. (2013) Critical Evaluation of Learning Teaching and Assessment Applied to Martial Arts Theory and Practice. IQ Journal. Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences: UK.

Spring, C. (November 2012)  Sociology of Boxing University of Derby Sports Conference

Spring, C. (July 2012) Martial Arts in Higher Education: Case study of BA (Hons) Martial Arts Theory and Practice LSA National Conference Edinburgh

Spring, C. (2011) Experiential learning and martial arts World Scientific Congress of Combat Sports and Martial Arts Conference (Sept. 2011) University of Resznow Poland

Spring, C. (2010) Martial Arts in Higher Educational Settings. Sports in Society conference (March 2010) Vancouver Canada

Spring, C. (2009) Experiential Learning in the University setting. University of Applied Sciences summer school conference Hamenliina Finland

Recent conferences

  • Craven College Sports Sci. Conference October 2016
  • Martial Arts Studies Conference June 2015
  • Leisure Studies Association international conference Edingburgh 2012.

Additional interests and activities

I am a keen martial artist who has been practising for 44 years and a black belt in both Karate and Kickboxing. I'm also a Self Defence instructor. I run my own small martial arts association and am an Ambassador for the Disability Martial Arts Association. I have a Facebook page that discusses all things martial arts to help students on the degree programme network with alumni and others I am still competitive and am the current English veterans champion in kata (forms) and am striving to become competitive on a European and world level in my category.

Current Activities / Links with Industry

I run my own karate classes weekly and have helped host large martial arts events through the Disability Martial Arts Association and other martial arts groups. I have also been a school governor and chair of governors that has helped me link with education outside of the University.

Experience in industry

I worked in the sport and leisure industry in sports facilities, leisure and fitness centres. I also undertook sports development work in schools and for the community. I have coached and taught Karate since the early 1990s.

International experience

I have been lucky enough to be a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Fitness and Sport in Kanoya Japan and The University of Sport Tianjin in China. I have delivered lectures in Thailand. I have regularly, since 2004, lectured in Finland at wellness and wellbeing summer schools and presented papers. Firstly at the University of Applied Sciences in Hameenlinna then the University of Applied Sciences in Jyvaskyla. I also lecture regularly in Germany at the EWTO headquarters in Heidleberg and have previously lectured as part of a Leonardo project at the Hogeschool in Nijmegan Holland.

In the media

Local radio interviews in regards martial arts activity, sport management and working with the Disability Martial Arts Association. Various press articles also in relation to martial arts and sport management.

I have been in two documentaries as an extra, one on the TV and the other on the initial DVD release for the film Dead Mans Shoes by Shane Meadows released in 2004. I was also an extra in a film Northern Soul which was released in 2015.

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