Sport and Adventure

Meet the team

A warm welcome from the Sport and Adventure Higher Education team at University Centre South Devon.

Jon Evans

Main areas of teaching

  • Working with groups in the Outdoors
  • Experiential Leadership
  • Business Start-up
  • Planning & Delivering in the Outdoors

Bio

Jon was a Centre Director of a large outdoor education centre for over 10 years. He has a suit of professional outdoor qualifications. Jon is an associate lecturer at UCSD and spends time away from college running his own business in industrial safety and training. He is a member of Devon Cave Rescue Organisation and FireFighter in the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service.

Mike George

Main areas of teaching

  • Academic & Developing Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Bio

Have taught HE for 11 years at various colleges partnered with different universities. I am also the BSc personal tutor and Research Project Dissertation supervisor.

Research and scholarly activity

Strength & Conditioning (UKSCA)

David Gould MSc, BA (Hons), Cert Ed, BASES

Main areas of teaching

  • Social Science (Psychology and Sociology)

Bio

I have taught in FE/HE for over 30 years, teaching on a range of Degree Programmes. My main interests include Enviromental Psychology and the link between health and exercise behaviour and Applied Psychology practice in relation to improving performance in athletes.

Simon Holden

Main areas of teaching

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Exercise and Training
  • Personal Training
  • Fitness Testing
  • Nutrition for Exercise

Bio

I lecture in both Further Education and Higher Education sectors, across a range of qualifications at South Devon College and University Centre South Devon, with particular interests in Health, Exercise and Nutrition. I manage and deliver on a number of the professional fitness qualifications here at South Devon College and still actively practice as a fitness professional in order to remain current with the fitness industry. My background and experience gained from both time spent in the Royal Marines and working for the NHS, has allowed me to develop professionally my passion for fitness and physical exercise. In which time I was lucky enough supporting new health and wellbeing incentives and research, such as the get healthy challenge and NHS smoke free. Alongside my lecturing role, I manage a group called Extreme Bootcamp, where we deliver both group and 1-1 training. This has allowed me to work with a wide range of individuals from novice to the seasoned athletes, thus supporting my role here as a lecturer in sport and fitness.

Research and scholarly activity

Dr Roger Hopper

Dr Roger Hopper, LPIOL

Main areas of teaching

  • Outdoor Learning
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Outdoors
  • Professional Outdoor Standards
  • National Outdoor Learning Award
  • Maritime Leadership
  • General Engineering

Bio

Roger has a research doctorate in engineering and has spent thirty years working in a mixture of private, public and self employed contexts. He is a skilled educator, manager, leader and University lecturer with a passion for creating and implementing innovative, flexible world class training that meets the needs of both learner and business. This has included developing Level 3 and 5 Apprenticeship Standards, degree programmes and the National Outdoor Learning Award. Roger, has a new role at the College to develop photonics and microelectronics training that will support the local Hi-Tech sector. Recently this has included the development of a Level 5 Photonics Systems short course and a FdSc Engineering (Photonics and Optical electronics) degree. In his spare time he is most likely to be sailing on his yacht with his family.

Research and scholarly activity

Hopper, R. (2020) ‘Bike bivvy: better by far…sometimes!’ Horizons. Institute for Outdoor Learning. (89). pp. 9-11.
Anderson, N. and Hopper, R. (2019) ‘National Outdoor Learning Award’. Horizons. Institute for Outdoor Learning. (81). pp. 16-19.
Hopper, R. (2017) Special educational needs and disability and learning outside the classroom. In: Waite, S. 2nd ed. Children learning outside the classroom. SAGE: London. pp. 118-130.
Hopper, R (2013) ‘A yacht, 3 ISUPS and 5 Hoppers.’ SUP Boarder. (online) https://www.supboardermag.com/2013/05/10/a-yacht-a-private-beach-3-isup-and-5-hoppers/ Date accessed: 2 November 2017.
Hopper, R. (2012) ‘Teaching skills as a core part of a school curriculum’. Horizons. Institute for Outdoor Learning. (58). pp. 24-26.
Hopper, R. (2008) ‘A family adventure in Europe’s last great wilderness’. Paddles. Freestyle Publications Ltd. (136). pp. 23-26.
Hopper, R. (2008) ‘Excluded from school but still learning’. Paddles. Freestyle Publications Ltd. (139). pp. 16-19.
Hopper, R. (2008) ‘Excluded and challenging but able to learn’. Horizons. Institute for Outdoor Learning. (44). pp. 12-19.
Clayton, C., Hight, D. and Hopper, R. (1992) ‘Progressive destructuring of Bothkennar clay: implications for sampling and reconsolidation procedures.’ Geotechnique. 42(2), pp. 219-239.
Hopper, R. (1992) The effects and implications of sampling clay soils. University of Surrey. Available at: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/18541034.pdf (Accessed: 9 February 2021).

Ben Roper FHEA, MSc, BA, PGDE

Main areas of teaching

  • Module lead for
    • Applied Coaching Practice
    • Applied Coaching Pedagogy
    • Coaching and Leadership
    • Principles of Coaching and Skill Acquisition
    • Professional Practice in Sport and Fitness
  • Interest in:
    • Coach behaviours
    • Relationships and power in coaching
    • Professional judgement and decision making
    • Models of coaching

Bio

I have been working in Further and Higher Education for fifteen years. In this time I have taught at all levels. I consider myself a practicing academic (pracademic) and retain positions within basketball to continue to improve and hone my craft of coaching. These positions include the Head of Coaching and Player Development for Plymouth Basketball Club.

Research and scholarly activity