Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of School of Sport & Exercise Science
School of Sport & Exercise Science
tel: 01905 855442
Mick Donovan joined the University of Worcester in 1999 with a strong background in coaching and teaching. Mick was a physical education teacher for 13 years and then made the transition to Higher Education when he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick. So far at Worcester he has pioneered the Learning Through Sport programme that has received national and international recognition and was co-founder and former coach of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club. He became Head of School in 2008 and has played a leading role in the development of the University of Worcester Arena and has played a significant role in developing international links with many partners. Mick has delivered keynote lectures with a focus on Coach Education / Philosophy and Learning Through Sport at conferences and universities around the World.
Key projects have included:
- Hosted senior delegation seminars: The General Administration of Sport China
- Leading member and Co-founder of European Basketball Research and International Basketball Language Camps
- University of Worcester Arena Campaign Committee member
- Pioneer of the University of Worcester and Worcester Wolves Basketball Program
- Creation and implementation of the Learning Through Sport initiative; regional and national
- Member of the organising committee for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2015
MA Sport Culture & Society
BEd Physical Education
Senior Basketball Coach
Sports Coaching Science
Learning through Sport
Education & Excellence in Sport
Children in Sport
- Projects & Consultancy
Projects & Consultancy
Hosted senior delegation seminars: The General Administration of Sport China
University of Worcester Arena Campaign Committee member
Pioneer of the University of Worcester and Worcester Wolves Basketball Programmes
Creation and implementation of the Learning Through Sport initiative; regional and national
Invited by Skills Active to create NVQ teaching materials to be published nationally
Secured funding to support Worcester Wolves and UW Basketball programme from local and national businesses and sports organisations
Secured funding and directed ‘Learning Through Sport’ Initiative to primary schools locally and regionally for the past 13 years.
Secured 'sportsmatch' funding for community basketball programmes
Co-ordinating sports grant applications and directing initiatives for local schools
Secured funding as the first providers for the ‘Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence Basketball scheme’, in conjunction with England Basketball and the Learning and Skills Council.
- Publications & Presentations
Publications & Presentations
Donovan, M (2013) University Presidents Forum, 2013, Wuhan Sports University, China, Learning Through Sport: Developing a True Partnership between Higher Education and the community.
Millar, S.K., Oldham, A.R.H., & Donovan, M. (2011), Coaches' Self-Awareness of Timing, Nature and Intent of Verbal Instructions to Athletes. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 6 (4), 503-514.
Donovan, M. (2010) 101 Youth Basketball Drills. London, A & C Black.
Donovan, M. (2008). Learning Through Sports when preparing for SATS. Interactive learning session. Association of Physical Education Conference, Cheshire.
Donovan, M. & Yates, V (2008) Learning Through Sport: Maths and English. Leeds, Coachwise.
Donovan, M. & Marshall, J. (2006). Realigning the student experience: Valuing education and excellence in sport. New Horizons for Research in to Higher Education. SRHE Conference, Brighton.
Donovan, M., Jones, G., & Hardman, K. (2006). Physical Education and Sport in England: Dualism, Partnership and Delivery Provision. International Journal of Fundamental and Applied Kinesiology, 38 (1), 16-27.
Burchill, J.K., Donovan, M.D. & Peters, D.M. (2006).The impact of data normalisation on the outcomes of a preliminary case study of passing sequences, shots and goals in U19 Premier Youth Academy football in England. World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, Hungary.
Donovan, M. (2004). Physical Education and Sport Tomorrow. Education Through Sport Conference, Council of Europe, Malta.
Donovan, M. (2004). Assessment and Certification of Competencies for Students, Teachers and Coaches. Education Through Sport Conference, Council of Europe, Malta.
Donovan, M. (2004) Physical Education and Sport – Inter Relations and Differences. Education Through Sport Conference, Council of Europe, Malta.
Jones, GW., Peters, D.M. & Donovan, M. (2004). Critical evaluation of the impact of the ‘bonus point’ scoring system on the final pool positions in the 2003 Rugby world cup. World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, Belfast.
Donovan, M., Jones, G.W & Peters, D.M. (2004). “How can you call it from there ref?” A performance analysis of referee behaviour in men’s English National Basketball League. World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, Belfast.
Donovan, M. (2001). (Invited Speaker). Dressage and Coaching – An Integrated Approach. British Horse Society Dressage Forum. Bristol.
Donovan, M. (2000). Reflecting upon Management and Coaching. Football Insight. The FA Coaches Journal, 2 (3), 46-48.
- External Responsibilities