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Mr Kieran McCartney

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor, Education
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Regions & Nations (ECYS)
  • k.mccartney

Professional biography

Kieran has been a Staff Tutor in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) since August 2017 and a Tutor in Sport since 2008. He also works as a Tutor in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Prior to this Kieran worked as a Coordinator and Sport and Exercise Lecturer in the Further and Higher Education Sector.

Kieran possesses over nineteen years experience working in a variety of managerial roles in the Sports, Fitness and Coaching, Hospitality, Retail, Health and IT industries. These roles have included, Health Club Manager; Team Manager; Business Manager; Health Promotion Manager and Active Lifestyle Development Officer. He also works as a consultant in education and in the sport, health and fitness sector where he advises local government and the private sector in relation to service quality improvement and developing local health promotion strategies. His management experience extends to working across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Kieran is a Senior Fellow at the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests


McCartney, K.N, & Forsyth, J. (2017). The efficacy of core stability assessment as a determiner of performance in dynamic balance and agility tests. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 12(3), 640-650. doi:


Presentations and Conferences

McCartney, K. (2014) Bring your own device/technology (BYOD/T) and synchronous online learning (connectivism), JISC Conference, Queens University, Belfast, June 2015.

McCartney, K. (2016) Reducing the distance using Bring Your Own Device/Technology, The Open University Tutor Development Conference, Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, January, 2016.

McCartney, K. (2017) Mobile Learning for Differentiated Learning and Assessment: A systematic review of empirical studies, ERASMUS: Tablio project, Brussells, February 2017.

Teaching interests

SK299 - Human biology: 2018 - Present (Associate Lecturer)

E112 - Introduction to Sport, Fitness & Management: 2008 – 2016 (Associate Lecturer)

E113 - Working & Learning in Sport & Fitness: 2009 – 2017 (Associate Lecturer and Critical Reader)

EXCF224 - Making your exercise and coaching certificate count: 2014 – Present (Associate Lecturer)

E117 - Introduction to Sport and Fitness (Associate Lecturer)

E119 –Working with people in sport and fitness (Associate Lecturer and Critical Reader)

E235 - Sport and Exercise Psychology in Action (Critical Reader)

External collaborations

Kieran is currently involved in researching how mobile learning can be designed and integrated into further and higher education to facilitate a personalised programme of study, as part of his Doctoral studies.

In his role as a Lecturer and Education Consultant, Kieran has developed modules for degree programmes as well as coordinated courses in Further and Higher Education.

Kieran is involved in European ERASMUS research related to the use of Tablet Technology for inclusive learning and differentiation in schools’. Additionally, as part of his own research interests, Kieran also provides educational consultancy support to companies in Australia and India. 


The efficacy of core stability assessment as a determiner of performance in dynamic balance and agility tests (2017)
Mccartney, Kieran Neil and Forsyth, Jacky
Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 12(3) (pp. 640-650)
Tablio: Realising Classroom Differentiation and Inclusion with Tablets (2019-05-21)
Hustinx, Wouter; Rosius, Hanne; Peoples, Martin; McCartney, Kieran; Ivanusa Kline, Darja; Gorissen, Pierre; Can, Tuncer; Şimşek, Irfan; Venturella, Chiara and Koenraad, Ton
ISBN : 9789082689785 | Publisher : PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts | Published : Hasselt, Belgium


New nursing apprenticeship to boost healthcare in prisons

A new nursing apprenticeship is set to boost healthcare in prisons and support healthcare assistants to carve out careers in one of the most challenging and rewarding sectors of healthcare.

12th September 2019
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