Helen Hope


Deputy Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Science

School of Sport and Exercise Science

Senior Management Team

Contact Details

email: h.hope@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542230

Helen Hope is a Principal Lecturer in Physical Education. Before joining the University in 2005 she had taught in secondary schools for ten years and was Head of a PE department for five years. She has previously led the PGCE PE teacher training programme for three years before moving into teaching on the Undergraduate Modular Scheme (UMS) course. She became a Head of Department in September 2015 and leads on Student Retention for the School. Helen prides herself in demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning and has won and been nominated for various Student Choice Awards. Helen has a keen interest in transformational learning, blended teaching approaches and the use of authentic assessments, ensuring that students are able to apply their learning in real-life situations. As Retention lead she has developed new processes and systems to ensure that students are supported in their personal learning journeys.


  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester (2009)
  • MA in Education Academic Course Leadership qualification, University of Worcester (2008)
  • PGCE Physical Education and Special Educational Needs, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education (1996)
  • BaEd in Sports Science and Education Studies, Chester College of Higher Education (1995)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Helen teaches on a variety of 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate modules. Her interests include the philosophy of Physical Education, threshold concepts and transformational learning, alternative approaches to learning and teaching. Authentic assessments, flipped learning and a clear focus on interactive and transformational learning means that Helen’s lectures are never dull.

As Head of Department she leads on Retention and Academic Integrity.

Research Interests:

Helen is interested in using innovative learning, teaching, assessment and feedback techniques in order to enhance the student experience. However, recent work on Retention has led to a focus on how students can be supported in their learning journeys through university and how individuals can be identified for extra support.


Hope, H. (2019) ‘People not numbers.’ Advance HE Student Retention and Student success symposium. Advance HE, York, 23rd May.

Hope, H. and Cooper, D. (2018) ‘Working with vulnerable students to achieve maximum engagement and achievement’, University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Worcester, Worcester, 14th June.

Hope, H. and Cooper, D. (2018) ‘Working with vulnerable students to achieve maximum engagement and achievement at level 6’, FACE conference. University of Worcester, Worcester, 4th - 6th July.

Hope, H., Williams, K. and Eagles. J. (2017) ‘Authentic Learning Through Assessment’. UW Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Worcester. 15th and 16th June 2017.

Guinan, J. and Hope, H. (2017) ‘Supporting Student Transition into Top-up Programmes’. UW Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Worcester. 15th and 16th June 2017.

Corke, H., Smith, S. and Breeze, N. (2014) ‘Flipping’ Academic Reading’. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching. [online] (9).

Corke, H. and Smith, S. (2013) ‘Flipping Academic Reading’. HEA Annual Conference. Warwick University. 5th June 2013.

Corke, H. and Smith, S. (2013) ‘Flipping Academic Reading’. UW Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Worcester. June 2013.

Corke, H. (2012) 12 moves evaluation project report. Dancefest. Worcester.

Corke, H. and Faull, A. (2012) The use of learning technologies to support large group teaching. [Online] Learning and Teaching conference. University of Worcester. 19th June. Available from: http://prezi.com/jol_kagzeifu/teaching-and-learning-conference/ [Accessed: 7th November 2012].

Corke, H. (2012) 12 moves evaluation report findings. [Online] Arts and Health Symposium. Malvern Hospital. 25th April. Available from: http://prezi.com/sowvvvw76poh/12-moves-project-helen-corke-participation/ [Accessed: 7th November 2012].

Corke, H. (2011) Research into the qualities and competences of teachers. [Online] UCET National Conference. 3rd – 5th November 2011. Available from: http://prezi.com/hxbzpfqsagpr/research-into-the-qualities-and-competences-of-teachers/  [Accessed: 7th November 2012].