I am a Lecturer on the Sport and Fitness award at the Open University. I have worked full time as an academic contributing to the development of modules in the BSc (Hons) degree since June 2007.
I have been involved in teaching in Higher and Further education since 1993 and most recently spent time working for a private company training personal trainers. I have also worked as a performance coach in first class cricket advising players on nutrition, psychology and physical conditioning.
My specialist areas are strength and conditioning and nutrition for sports performance.
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Simons research interests lie within applied sport psychology
I am currently researching methods of assessment and how to provide effective feedback to students that actually improves their learning.
I also keep current on the development of training methods for strength and conditioning as well as developments in sports nutrition.
My main teaching interests are in sport psychology, sport nutrition, strength and conditioning and work-based learning.
I have been involved in the development of all modules in the sport and fitness award. Some of the key teaching roles he has held are summarised below.
E313 - Exploring psychological Aspects of Athletic Development
E233 - Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Case Study Approach
E112 - Introduction to Sport, Fitness & Management
E113 - Working & Learning in Sport & Fitness
E217 - Sport and Conditioning Science into Practice