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School of Sport appoints new head


Amanda West is set to join the University’s Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing as the new Head of the School of Sport, this August.

Amanda joins us from Sheffield Hallam University where she has worked for the last five years, first as Deputy and then as Head of the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity.  Amanda has previously worked at the University of Sunderland, the University of Cumbria and Northumbria University holding positions of Head of School and/or Associate Dean in a range of academic disciplines spanning the arts, humanities, social and applied sciences. 

Amanda said: "I’m delighted to be joining the School of Sport in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing as Head of School and Associate Dean. 

“The 2022 Commonwealth Games means that sport will have an even higher profile than usual, whilst the pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of physical activity for our general health and well-being.

“I look forward to working with colleagues in the School of Sport and across the University of Wolverhampton to capitalise on the potential of sport and physical activity to deliver positive benefits for our students, colleagues, partners and communities in the region and beyond."

Damien Page, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing said: “I’m delighted to welcome Amanda to the Faculty and look forward to working with her to continue to build on the impact and profile of our excellent School of Sport.” 

Amanda’s academic ‘home’ is sociology and was awarded a PhD by the University of Manchester for developing a model to show how identity helps to mediate constructions of risk.  In her spare time, you’ll find Amanda walking on the fells, cycling and walking her dogs - all of which help to mitigate her love of food and cooking.

Amanda will join the University on 1st August 2022 and is keen to connect with many of her future colleagues on LinkedIn

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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