Mr Peter Gilliver

Peter Gilliver

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Sports

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I am currently the programme leader for the BA (Hons) in Outdoor Activities Leadership and Coaching. I work on a range of practical and theoretical modules within Outdoor and Sport Psychology programmes.

Teaching responsibilities

Teach across a range of sport and outdoor programmes.

Modules delivered:

  • Outdoor research and professional development 1
  • Introduction to adventure sport coaching
  • Practical skills for outdoor professionals
  • Outdoor practical development 1
  • Advanced outdoor skills and leadership
  • Applied psychology in the outdoors.

Professional interests

I have been an avid mountaineer and climber for many years with a range of experience in both this country, Europe and North America. It was my skill in this environment that guided me to work within the outdoor industry.

Having worked for a number of years as an outdoor trainer, instructor and facilitator, the opportunity arose to undertake a sports science degree at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. My interests were specifically in skilled performance and sport psychology with a preference for applying this to climbing.

NBG qualifications: ML Summer, SPA, MIA Trg, First Aid.

Research interests

After my degree I was fortunate to obtain a teaching scholarship to undertake a Masters of Science degree at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. During this time my research looked at skilled performance and the differences between novice and expert climbers. I also worked with the local climbing community in Nova Scotia to set up and deliver a curriculum for the teaching climbing, in both winter and summer.


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Sports Health and Physical Education, University of North Wales, Bangor.

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MSc in Kinesiology, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Research qualifications

  • MPhil in Cognitive Psychology, Lancaster University.

Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

After returning from Canada I worked with children with behavioral problems in a private school, both as a careworker and manager. I helped deliver and develop an outdoor program for the students, working closely with colleagues on changing clients behaviors and developing their self-worth.

During this time I also undertook a Masters of Philosophy at Lancaster University in their Psychology Department, researching novice, expert differences in movement imagery and the perceptions of rock climbers.

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