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Mr Nigel Wright

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Professional biography

Nigel joined The Open University in 2009 as an Associate Lecturer and is currently a Lecturer in Sport and Fitness with expertise in exercise science and training. He also specialises in designing online materials and creating a student-centred tutorial environment on the BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness & Coaching degree. His experience is currently applied to the leadership of the final module on the BSc degree (Module E314: Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise). Nigel also continues to tutor students on a range of modules across the degree programme.


Previously, he has worked as a fitness manager and as a sport and fitness lecturer in the FE and HE sectors, including the University of Westminster and University of Chichester. Throughout his professional career he has also worked in qualification development and quality management for awarding bodies in the sport and fitness industry. Nigel has remained active as a registered personal trainer for many years and has a passion for fitness training, mountain biking and adventure sports (kitesurfing, surfing, snowsports).

Research interests

Nigel's research interests are within exercise science and the quality of educational practice.

Teaching interests

Nigel remains active in tutoring and supporting Open University students on a range of modules (E112, E235, E236 and E314) on the BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness & Coaching degree. His subject knowledge has been utilised in the authoring of varied module teaching resources including: 

  • Training for sport and fitness
  • Eating to win
  • Exploring core stability
  • Strength and conditioning in action
  • The Coach-athlete relationship
  • Ethnicity, sport participation and performance
  • Homophobia in sport
  • Sport-related concussion
  • Wearable technology
  • Sleep and sports performance