Meet the ACL for Physical Education- Jordan Wintle
18th February 2019
Jordan is the Academic Course Leader for the PE programme here at the University of Gloucestershire
How long have you worked at the University of Gloucestershire and what is your role?
I have been at UoG for five years and am currently in my fourth year as Academic Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Physical Education programme.
What other jobs or experiences have you had in the past to enable you to get to where you are now?
Prior to moving into higher education I worked in secondary education for 9 years as a physical education teacher. I was made second in department after my NQT year before spending some time as Head of PE toward the end of my time in schools. Prior to this I had an array of roles, from coaching football in the USA and with Cheltenham Town FC to working in the fitness industry. Over my time in teaching and coaching I gained a wealth of experience in varied contexts and developed my subject and pedagogical knowledge completing over 20 national governing body awards; my highest qualifications being in football and athletics. Although, I have a major caveat about badge collecting – you have to use them in practice and not just to look good on paper. Since joining the university I have been building my academic profile completing postgraduate study, research and presenting at national conferences – this has been a part of the role that doesn’t come as naturally but I am working hard to develop.
What is your vision for your course over the next few years?
We need to continue to deliver a course that prepares graduates to make a meaningful impact on young people in sport and physical activity contexts (mostly through teaching). Therefore, we will continue to keep an eye on industry developments to ensure we are providing opportunities and knowledge that keeps graduates at the top of their field.
What makes your course stand out?
We have a healthy combination of theory and practice, with opportunities to apply learning in practical settings, both within and beyond the university. We are keen to be at the forefront of development in physical education therefore you might experience a few activities that you won’t have seen much of in schools such as parkour, skate sports and even some golf.
What advice would you give to a student wanting to study on your course in future?
Expose yourself to new environments; varied experience is always a great way to see what you really like. You also need to commit fully to the university experience, this means balancing the practical and academic sides of the course. Reading and scholarship are key to developing your knowledge, the best students read lots and apply what they have learnt.
What are your interests outside of work?
Family- I have two daughters aged 6 and 9 who I enjoy spending time with, if I can combine this with some sport or physical activity then even better! I have a passion for cycling (and a bit of running), having represented the Great Britain Age Group Duathlon squad in 2016. I would say I am ok at these activities but using my spare time to get better is always fun. Add to that watching many sports and of course following Manchester United, usually fills my spare time.
Tell us something we wouldn’t already know about you?
In the summer I cycled up Mount Ventoux three times in a day, just for fun.