Dr Julia West


Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: j.west@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855268

Julia West has a keen interest in sport and performance. She played football for a number of years in the Women's premiership as goal keeper for different clubs and earned her England University caps against America, Scotland and Wales. As a keeper, Julia's perspective on football may be slightly different, if not interesting, and she is happy to discuss this with all comers. Julia read her BSc in Sport from Brunel University, where she also successfully achieved an MSc in Sports Coaching. Not surprisingly both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects were related to goal keeping and performance.

Julia has just completed her PhD in situational motivation which evolved from irritating questions related to her experiences coaching goal keepers. Julia likes to include challenging concepts in her teaching approach which have proved fun and successful providing opportunities for great ideas and discussions!


  • PhD Testing the hierarchical model of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation at the situational level in a sport and exercise setting.
  • Post Graduate Certificate for Teaching and Learning in HE
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Studies and Leisure Management
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA B licence coach
  • FA Level 2 GK coach

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Sport and Exercise Psychology. Coaching psychology. Motor learning.

Research Interests:

Julia has undertaken research looking at problem-based learning, research ethics, psychology of pacing in cycle time trials and various motivation related projects related to her PhD. Current research projects are focused on football goal keepers, coaching, in particular female coaches and self-regulation of performance.

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

FA licensed Coach Member


West, J., Rhoden, C., Robinson, P., Castle, P.C. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2016) How motivated are you? Exploring the differences between motivational profiles and personality traits. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review. 12 (1), 28-42.

Renfree, A., West, J., Corbett, M., Rhoden, C. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2012) Complex interplay between determinants of pacing and performance during 20km cycle time trials. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 (2), 121-129. ISSN 1555-0265

Rhoden, C. and West, J. (2010) Affect in sporting activities: A preliminary validation of the Worcester Affect Scale. Sport Science Review, 19 (5-6), 71-91.

West, J., Bill, K. and Martin, L. (2010) What constitutes research ethics in sport and exercise science? Research Ethics Review, 6 (4), 147-153.

Renfree, A., West, J., Corbett, M. and Rhoden, C. (2009) Individualised RPE responses during a self-paced cycle time trial, Sports Science Review, 1 (1), 7-26.

Castle, P.C., West, J., Faull, A. and Mycock, D. (Eds.) (2009) Psychological Foundations of Sport and Exercise (3rd Edition). London, McGraw Hill.

Martin, L., West, J. and Bill, K. (2008) Incorporating Problem-Based Learning Strategies to Develop Learner Autonomy and Employability Skills in Sports Science Undergraduates. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 7 (1), 18-30.

Castle, P.C, Rhoden, C., West, J., Incledon, V. and Mycock, D. (Eds.) (2007). Foundations of Sport (Psycho-Social). London: McGraw-Hill.

West, J. and Bill, K. (2005). Careers Strategy for Sports and Exercise Undergraduate Students. [Online] Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network. Case 102. Available from: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/hlst/documents/case_studies/careers_strategy_for_sports_and_exercise_undergraduate_sudents.pdf [Accessed: 7th November 2012]

Additional Roles

SSES Research Ethics Chair.

Coaching, Pedagogy and Performance Research Interest Group (RIG) Lead.

Worcester Goal Keeper Academy head coach.

WFA player development centre Technical Director. FA club coach mentor.

Worcester United ladies and under 16 girls coach and GK coach.