Vanessa Jones


Director of Academic Partnerships


Contact Details

tel: 01905 855328

Vanessa Jones is the Director of Academic Partnerships and member of the Senior Management Team for the School of Sport and Exercise Science (SSES). She has a portfolio of roles which includes the remit for the strategic development and management of academic partnerships with a range of institutions for collaborative programmes. She also manages the Associate Lecturer (Hourly Paid Lecturers) provision and the Staff Spiral Induction Programme. Additionally, she is Strategic lead for the Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) and Off-Court Manager for Severn Stars Superleague Netball team, which is a franchised partnership between University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire. She is also part of the PE teaching team in SSES. She studied for her first degree, a BEd (Hons) Human Movement at St Marys University College, Twickenham and her MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at University Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC).

Vanessa's first PE teaching post was in Telford, Shropshire which was followed by a two year break from teaching, working in the leisure industry. She returned to teaching taking up a post in Pembrokeshire where she became Head of PE in a large comprehensive school and the Associate Adviser for Secondary PE for the county. Alongside her teaching role Vanessa also worked for ESTYN/OFSTED as a subject inspector for Physical Education and continues this work within her current role. She was also the county and Regional hockey coach for under 16 and under 18 schoolgirls and was a member of the Welsh Hockey Coaching Committee. She herself played hockey at regional and national league level.

Vanessa is currently Project Lead for an ERASMUS + collaborative research project which involves 6 other European Partners in developing a Gender Equity Toolkit for Generation Z. This will be delivered as an online Platform (MOOC)


  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • BEd (Hons) Human Movement

Teaching & Research

Professional Interests:

  • Dance
  • Physical Education Consultancy   

Teaching Interests:

  • Women in Sport
  • Learning Theory
  • Physical Literacy
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Social and Psychological Issues in sport and Physical Education
  • Dance
  • Sport Operational Management

Research Interests

  • Women in Sport
  • Gender Equity
  • Learning Theory
  • Policy and Practice, management in sport
  • Occupational Socialisation

Professional Bodies



Vinson, Don and Christian, Polly and Jones, Vanessa and Williams, Craig and Peters, D.M. (2016) Exploring How Well UK Coach Education Meets the Needs of Women Sports Coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, 3 (3). pp. 287-302.

Whitehouse, K., Barber, L. and Jones, V. (2015) Developing and maintaining an effective learning environment, in Capel, S. and Whitehead, M. (eds) Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A Companion for the Student Teacher (4th edition), Oxon, Routledge, pp.82-103.

Vinson,D. Christian,P. Jones,V. Peters,D (2015) Investigating the culture of coach education structures in the UK: Implications for the development of under-represented groups. Sport Coach UK (SCUK)

Jones,V and Barber,L (2013) Applying learning theory to practice. In: Capel, S.,Breckon, P. (2013) A practical guide to teaching physical education in the secondary school. [ebook]. London, Routledge.

Incledon,V (2010) International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP) Re-emergence and building for the future. PE Matters afPE.

Incledon, V.and Bowen-Jones, W. (2008) Physical Education and Sport Education in Wales published in Klein, G.and Hardman, K. (eds.) Physical Education and Sport Education in the European Union, Paris: EP.S Editions.

Castle, P.C., Incledon, V. and Waring, M. (2008). Are We Conveying The Message Appropriately? Adapting To Student Perceptions Of Effective Feedback. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, (JoHLSTE), 7 (1), 89-98.

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

Incledon, V., Castle, P., Waring, M. and Van Berlo, K. (2007) A marking template to improve feedback for sport students. Higher Education Academy Network for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism. LINK journal, 45-48.


November 24th 2015#likeagirl (WISnet) Conference Summary Defining Strategies and Actions. Womens Sport Network, University of Hertfodshire, Hatfield

October 2014 9th FIEP European Congress Sofia, Bulgaria June Poster Presentation

5x60 Extra-Curricular activities - An investigation into the impact of an initiative to encourage girls participation in physical activity (PA) in South Wales Jones, V & Barrow, June 2012 7th FIEP European Congress Barcelona June 4th -8th 2012 Poster Presentation

Jones,V The Good, the bad and the ugly- undergraduates experience of physical education

Jones, V. (2011) Values, beliefs and changing philosophies undergraduate students perceptions of Physical Education.6th FIEP European Congress, Porec, Croatia, June.

Jones, R. and Incledon,V. (2010) The implications of pedagogic hegemony on undergraduate games education. Association Of Phyiscal Education (AfPE) National Conference, Cirencester, July.

Incledon, V. and Breeze, N. ( 2010) Using grading templates to provide transparent feedback. University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, June.

Incledon,V. and Jones, R. (2009) Creativity and Teaching Games -The deconstruction and reconstruction of Undergraduate (UG) PE students perceptions of games. 5th FIEP European Congress and 2nd Serbian Congress of PE Teachers, Nis, Serbia, 23rd-26th September.

Jones, R. and Incledon,V. (2009)The deconstruction and reconstruction of Undergraduate (UG) PE students perceptions of games. ACPHER (The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Brisbane, Australia, 22nd-25th July.

Incledon, V. (2008) Cheers and Challenges- Physical Education in the UK. National Congress for Physical Education in Schools, Lajeado, Brazil, 10th-16th May.

Donovan, M.,Yates,V. andIncledon,V. Learning Through Sport. AfPE(Association for Physical Education) Conference, Chester, UK.

Bowen-Jones, W.and Incledon, V. (2007) 'Shall we all go Dutch (Presentation of a comparative research study which focused on the approaches to PE ITE). ACPHER (The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) PACE Yourself, Freemantle, Perth, Australia, 3rd-5th October.

Frapwell, A.and Incledon, V. (2003)From knower to learner: promoting interaction in style. NZARE & AARE (New Zealand and Australian Association for Research in Education) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

External Responsibilities

  • Vice President Western Europe of International Federation of Physical Education - Europe (FIEP)
  • International Scientific Board 6th FIEP Congress, 2011. Porec, Croatia
  • Scientific Board - 7th FIEP European Congress Barcelona
  • Estyn/Ofsted inspector for Physical Education
  • Off-Court Manager Severn Stars VNSL  
  • External Examiner University of Gloucestershire