Staff profile

Dr Andy Hooton

Head of Sport and Exercise Science

Andy Hooton at an Open Day.


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Head of Subject for Sport and Exercise Science. This involves leading academics in the delivery of nine undergraduate and two postgraduate programmes.

Teaching responsibilities

I module lead Practitioner Development for Sport and Exercise Science (level 7), which is part of our MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science provision. This module explores effective methods of learning and development for applied sport and exercise scientists. The aim is to enable greater self-awareness and advancement of key practitioner attributes.

Professional interests

I first graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2005 with BSc (Hons) 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 completed in January 2016.

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. I am currently working as a Sport Psychologist at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

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, following which I attained the position of Head of Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science in August 2014.

Research interests

In January 2016 I completed my PhD entitled 'Loosening the leash: Exploring Experiences of Becoming an Applied Sport and Exercise Scientist'. The implications from my PhD research provide guidance as to best methods of learning and development for neophyte practitioners, of which beneficial elements of applied experience are integrated within our new MSc Sport and Exercise Science.

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


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

International experience

I have been fortunate to travel to China representing UoD on two occasions (in 2018 and 2019). During these trips, I was able to present my research and our portfolio of programmes at a variety of Universities and organisations. This has enabled a number of partnerships to form and progress. For example, I am now supervising a PhD for a Chinese student who is exploring the differences in educational provision between the UK and China.

In the media

I have represented the University of Derby (UoD) on both BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio Derby. Most recently, I represented UoD on a BBC Radio Derby feature discussing ‘Comebacks in Sport’.

Recent publications