The School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester warmly welcomes Beijing Sport University and the Education University of Hong Kong to a joint Inclusive Symposium at University Arena 24-25 June 2019. 

Inclusive Sports Symposium at University Arena

24 - 25 June 2019

The inaugural International Inclusive Sports Symposium was held in Beijing in 2017, jointly hosted by Beijing Sports University and University of Worcester.  The University of Worcester are delighted to jointly host the second Symposium in June 2019 with colleagues from Beijing Sports University and also the Education University of Hong Kong.

The event this year will focus on sharing knowledge and expertise to make a difference in terms of the educational and sporting opportunities for young people globally and researchers from all three institutions will present their work.

University of Worcester and Beijing Sports University have been working in partnership for many years, in particular, sharing staff expertise in Inclusive Physical Education.  We are excited to be working with the Education University of Hong Kong and look forward to welcoming their researchers and students.


The Symposium embodies the philosophy of the University of Worcester: ‘The powerful concept of inclusive sport at the University is underpinned by the belief that everyone should have the chance to participate in physical activity, regardless of their circumstances’.  

The themes for this Symposium include:

  • Action Planning
  • Expertise
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Sharing Good Practice
  • Student Led Workshops
  • The Worcester Way


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Please click here for a copy of the programme. 

About Worcester

Worcester is an historic cathedral city, with all the benefits of a big city, but with the friendly atmosphere of a small town. Worcester is the perfect place to visit, from vibrant city streets to peaceful river-side walks and stunning countryside. Worcester has been voted the happiest city in the UK, and one in ten people who live in Worcester are students, giving the city a real student feel.

To discover more about Worcester’s history, culture and innovation please visit our get to know Worcester page 

For travel details see our find us pages


The University has three main sites: St John's Campus, City Campus and Severn Campus. The St John’s and City Campus are a pleasant 20-minute walk from each other over the Sabrina Bridge, with the Severn Campus, home to the University Arena, conveniently situated between the two. The University is also home to The Hive, Europe’s first joint university and public library.

The School of Sport & Exercise Science has access to a diverse range of sports facilities and specialist laboratories for teaching and research across the three main campuses including; Performance Analysis Suites, 3D motion capture facilities, the dance studio, astroturf and grass pitches and a water sports lake amongst many others. For further details of our excellent facilities please visit our Sports and Exercise Science facilities page  

The symposium will be held at the University Arena, on Severn Campus. The University Arena provides a first-class multi-purpose home for recreational and high-performance sport for the University and City. The Arena has a 2000 seating capacity and a range of sports, fitness, therapy and conference facilities. The facility is purposely designed for wheelchair and mobility impaired athletes and reflects the university’s inclusive values.

Staff Profiles

Mick Donovan, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of School of Sport & Exercise Science

Lerverne Barber, Deputy Head of School of Sport & Exercise Science

Dr Hayley Fitzgerald, Senior Lecturer Disability Sport

Dr Andrea Faull, Department Head for PE, Dance and Coaching and Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Rebecca Foster MBE, Senior Lecturer for Adapted Physical Education

Glyn Harding, Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science, Student Athlete Mentor and Link Tutor for Fd Football Coaching and Business Management

Dave Mycock, Course Leader for Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport and Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science

Karen Broughton, Senior Lecturer (Teaching) in Physical Education

Symposium Dinner

On the evening of Monday 24 June invited symposium delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy a meal at Hickory's Smokehouse Worcester. 

The Worcester Way

The Worcester Way: An Inclusive Approach to Physical Education and Sport is a teaching resource pack produced by teaching staff at the University of Worcester, who have been working for over ten years to help students enrolled on our sports-related courses and programmes to work inclusively in sport.

Each pack includes a book and activity cards, useful for anyone working in PE, sport or physical activity who has a broad interest in inclusion. For more information please see The Worcester Way Information Leaflet which is included in the link below. 

During the symposium you will get the opportunity to see the Worcester Way in action.