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Dr Nichola Kentzer

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Coaching
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • n.j.kentzer

Professional biography

Dr Nichola Kentzer is a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Coaching at the Open University. Before starting as a full time academic at the university, she worked as an Associate Lecturer at the OU from 2010. Prior to moving full time to the OU, she worked as a higher education (HE) lecturer in sport and exercise science/psychology and teacher education for almost 10 years.

Nichola’s specialist area is sport psychology. She is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Sport Psychologist and has provided sport psychology support to a wide range of performers.

Despite her professional qualifications and accreditations in sport psychology, Nichola completed her PhD in education, more specifically examining the experiences of in-service trainee teachers in further education with a focus on mentoring.

Research interests

Nichola’s research interests centre around professional and personal development of students/trainees and staff, both in education and sport psychology/sport science.  

Some of her academic publications can be viewed by clicking on the 'publications' tab above.

Teaching interests

Nichola was involved as a Critical Reviewer in the production of E235.

Current teaching roles:

·        E233 Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach

·        E313 Exploring psychological aspects of athletic development

Module Chair for E235 (presentation) from 2019/20

External collaborations

Alongside her OU role, Nichola is an applied sport psychologist currently working mainly with equestrian athletes. She has been the team sport psychologist for Team GBR Pony Driving Team and Team GBR Para-Driving Team for approximately 10 years and prepares the drivers and the wider support team for their bi-annual World Championship, travels with the teams and supports the post event review process.


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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