Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
College: College of Life & Natural Sciences
Subject area: Sport and Exercise
I am an Associate Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology whilst completing my PhD within the department.
I currently am an associate lecturer for a number of modules including:
- Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise (4SO011),
- Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (4SO007),
- Research Methods for Sport and Exercise (5SO012),
- Sport and Exercise Psychology (5SO019),
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (6SO012),
- Scientific Support (6BY034).
I am also providing supervision for a few third year dissertations on the Independent Studies for Sport and Exercise module (6SO999).
I graduated from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 2010 with a BSc (First Class Honours) degree in Sport and Exercise Science. I have completed an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology from Bangor University in north Wales in September 2011 and am currently awaiting my final result with the prospect of graduating in the summer of 2012. I am starting my PhD in Sport Psychology within the Department from January 2012 onwards. I have provided psychological support for athletes in sports such as ultra-marathon running, Gaelic football, soccer and golf. I was appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in October 2011.
- The effect of music on motivation
- The effect of imagery and self-talk on performance
- The YIPS phenomenon in sport
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
- Clarke, P., Akehurst, S., & Oliver, E. (2010). The Effect of Motivational and Preferred Music on Motivation and 5km Running Performance. Oral Presentation at the BASES Annual Student Conference, University of Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
I have received much success playing Gaelic football to date, including being part of the British University Division 2 winning team in 2011 during my time at Bangor University. As well as winning medals playing for both my club and county in Ireland at underage level.
My biggest sporting achievement to date was being part of the "Run for Cancer" team which entailed running the length of Ireland (417 miles) in 13 days. The team was comprised of my good friend Michael O'Reilly and me, with the goal to raise funds for two local cancer support centres. The task meant we ran on average 33 miles a day. This worked out at nearly 16 marathons in 13 days, which we completed with no previous marathon or running experience before the training started 5 months prior. We raised €64,313.00 in total for the charities.
I am currently planning my next ultra-endurance event!
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth
- Master of Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc), Bangor University
During my run for cancer in Ireland I was on numerous local radio stations and featured in local and national newspapers prior to and during the event.