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Mr Simon Penn

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Professional biography

Simon Penn is a Lecturer on the Sport, Fitness and Coaching qualifications at the Open University. He has worked as an associate lecturer at the university since October 2013 teaching on two of the modules for the BSc Sport, Fitness and Coaching programme. Simon has been teaching in higher education since 2009 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He joined the Sport and Fitness team as a full time academic in August 2018. 

Simon’s specialist areas include exercise prescription and physiology. Previously a tutor and member of the former Register of Exercise Professionals’ at level 4 (Specialist Exercise Instructor), Simon has successfully delivered exercise prescription to a wide range of individuals ranging from sedentary to elite populations. 

Research interests

In 2017, Simon co-edited the book ‘Advanced Personal Training: Science to practice’.  The book reviews scientific literature to identify optimal training strategies for fitness instruction and programming.  The book enables health and fitness industry specialists to combine professional experience with strategies underpinned by scientific evidence.   

Simon is currently researching the optimal method of delivering feedback in an online environment.  Simon is researching the innovative use of screencasting for increasing the personal, and supportive nature of feedback.  

Teaching interests

Simon is currently involved in the development of modules E235 and E236 for the sport and fitness qualifications. His teaching roles are listed below:

E119 – Working with people in sport and fitness

  • Associate lecturer: Since 2013
  • Module reserve chair: Since 2018

E217 - Sport and conditioning science into practice

  • Associate lecturer: Since 2014

E233 – Sport and exercise psychology

  • Module chair: Since 2018


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