Dr Rachael Bullingham

dr-rachael-bullingham

Course Leader for Physical Education and Outdoor Education and Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Academics

Contact Details

email: r.bullingham@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542699

Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Course Leader of the Physical Education and Outdoor Education BSc at the University of Worcester. She previously taught Physical Education in a secondary school, as well as performing various pastoral roles. In addition to teaching she has been involved in research and has recently published on the topic of homophobia in sport. Rachael's PhD analysed the experiences of openly lesbian athletes participating in team sports, this led to the publication of Out in Sport which offers an up-to-date examination of homophobia in sport. She is currently working on projects with colleagues within education, examining the experiences of gay and lesbian teachers. Additionally she is part of the Sport Collision Injury Collective which is focused on making rugby within educational settings safer for children. As part of this collective she is currently interviewing teaching staff to examine their experiences within playing, coaching, teaching and refereeing rugby.

Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Winchester (2016)
  • PGCert, University of Worcester (2016)
  • PGCE 11-18: Physical Education, University of Gloucestershire (2006)
  • Sport Sociology MSc, Loughborough University (2005)
  • Sports Science BSc Hons, Brunel University(2004)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Dr Bullingham teaches on the Physical Education pathway and links her research into her teaching within modules. Previously she taught in secondary schools and supervised PGCE students. She uses this experience within the modules focused on developing teaching practice.

Research Interests:

Dr Bullingham's research projects have included homophobia, homohysteria and concussion. She is involved with the Sport Collision Injury Collective (www.sportcic.com).

Current projects:

  • Examining experiences of openly gay and lesbian teachers.
  • Identifying trainee teachers' experiences of delivering contact sports.

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)

Publications

Book:

Anderson, E., McGrath, R. and Bullingham, R. (2016) Out in Sport: The Experiences of Openly Gay and Lesbian Athletes in Competitive Sport. London: Routledge.

Book chapters:

Bullingham, R. (2018) The changing nature of lesbian athletes coming out in competitive organised team sports. In Forsyth, J.J. and Roberts, C.-M. (2018) The Exercising Female: Science and its application. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Bullingham, R. and Postlethwaite, V. (2018) Lesbian Athletes in the Sports Media: Ambivalence, Scrutiny and Invisibility. In Magrath, R. (2019) LGBT athletes in the sports media. Palgrave.

Bullingham, R., Magrath, R. and Anderson, E. (2014) Changing the game Sport and a Cultural Shift away from Homohysteria. In Hargreaves, J. and Anderson, E (eds.) Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. New York: Routledge

Journal articles:

White, A.J., Robinson, S., Bullingham, R., Anderson, E., Pollock, A. and Scoats, R. (2019) The lack of age representation in the governance of rugby union in England. Sociology of Sport Journal. 

Bullingham, R., White, A. and Batten, J. (2017) Response to: ‘Don’t Let Kids Play Football’: A Killer Idea or a Misunderstanding? British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Batten, J., White, A., Anderson, E. and Bullingham, R. (2016) From Management to Prevention: The New Cure for Sports Concussion. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Anderson, E. and Bullingham, R. (2015) Openly Lesbian Team Sport Athletes in an Era of Decreasing Homohysteria. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50(6): 647-660.

Other outlets:

Anderson, E., Cleland, J., Magrath, R. and Bullingham, R. (2016) Homophobia in Sport: Research, Evidence and Speculation. Written evidence submitted by independent British sports scholars to Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

Media:

BBC Breakfast: Schools rugby (2016)

Local radio: Schools rugby (2016)

Conference presentations:

Bullingham, R., Bingle, B and Shire, J. (2019) "I am what I am…”: An Overview of the Experiences of Openly Gay and Lesbian Teachers in a Period of Declining Homohysteria. GEA, Portsmouth.

Bullingham, R., Bingle, B and Shire, J. (2019) "I am what I am…”: An Overview of the Experiences of Openly Gay and Lesbian Teachers in a Period of Declining Homohysteria. UCU, Manchester.

Bullingham, R. (2018) Lesbian athletes in the sports media: ambivalence, scrutiny and invisibility. Sport and Discrimination.

Bullingham, R. (2018) Examining homophobia in female elite team sport. Women in Sport.

Bullingham, R., Bingle, B and Shire, J. (2017) "I am what I am…”: An Overview of the Experiences of Openly Gay and Lesbian Teachers in a Period of Declining Homohysteria.  Gender and PE, Leeds.

Bullingham, R. (2017) Plenary speaker. Sport and Society, Imperial College, London.

Bullingham, R. (2014) Changing times: Discovering how openly lesbian athletes navigate team sports. Postgraduate conference at the University of Worcester.

Bullingham, R. (2014) Changing times: Discovering how openly lesbian athletes navigate team sports. INSEP Sport, Genders and Sexualities, University of the Littoral Opal Coast, Dunkirk.

Bullingham, R. (2012) Taking the wind out of her sails: Gendered media coverage of Ellen MacArthur's World Record. PSA Sport and Politics Study Group Annual Conference, Southampton Solent University.