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Dr Sarah Partington

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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Sarah remained at Exeter to complete her PhD under the supervision of Professor Andrew Sparkes. Sarah has lectured at Northumbria University since 2001 and during that time has occupied several leadership roles, including Director of Programmes and Head of Department (Sport and Exercise Sciences).  Sarah is currently one of the Department’s Directors of Learning and Teaching, and her specific remit is around student satisfaction, engagement and support.  Sarah provides research, teaching and consultancy expertise in sport and exercise psychology and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA).    

Sarah is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and is on the Health and Care Professions Council Register (Practitioner Psychologist).  She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) including their Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES). She has previously served on the DSEP committee, contributing to the development of the DSEP CPD workshop series.  Sarah is an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 accredited coach and utilises a coaching approach in her teaching and in her work with athletes.

Sarah has worked as a sport psychology consultant across a range of sports at both National and International level. Previous consultancy work includes provision of psychological support for England Badminton, where Sarah had specific responsibility for the Development squads. Whilst working for England Badminton, Sarah co-wrote the psychology curriculum for England Badminton’s long-term athlete development programme, and had a regular sport psychology column in ‘Badminton Magazine,’ a nationally distributed publication.  Sarah has a particular interest in student athletes and the mental health and well-being demands associated with the dual role of being both an athlete and a scholar.

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  • Sports Science PhD June 30 2001
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2020
  • Graduate Member (MBPsS) British Psychological Society (BPS) 1994

Key Publications

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  • Retrospective cohort study of the South Tyneside Exercise Referral scheme 2009-2014: Predictors of dropout and barriers to adherence, Kelly, M., Rae, G., Partington, S., Dodd-Reynolds, C., Caplan, N. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal of Public Health
  • Drinking Outcome Expectancies and Normative Perceptions of Students Engaged in University Sport in England, Longstaff, F., Heather, N., Allsop, S., Partington, E., Jankowski, M., Wareham, H., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, S. Mar 2015, In: Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
  • Psychophysiological responses in experienced firefighters undertaking repeated self-contained breathing apparatus tasks, Young, P., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E., Partington, S., Wetherell, M. 3 Nov 2014, In: Ergonomics
  • Readiness to change drinking behaviour among heavy-drinking university students in England, Longstaff, F., Heather, N., Jankowski, M., Allsop, S., Wareham, H., Partington, S., Partington, E., St Clair Gibson, A. 2014, In: Education and Health
  • Stressors and Coping Strategies of UK Firefighters during On-duty Incidents, Young, P., Partington, S., Wetherell, M., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E. 2014, In: Stress and Health
  • Anxiety, stress and perceived workload during the command and control of computer simulated fire service training environments, Young, P., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E., Partington, S., Wetherell, M. 2013, In: International Journal of Emergency Services
  • The relationship between membership of a university sports group and drinking behaviour among students at English Universities., Partington, S., Partington, E., Heather, N., Longstaff, F., Allsop, S., Jankowski, M., Wareham, H., Stephens, R., St Clair Gibson, A. 2013, In: Addiction Research & Theory
  • Alcohol Use Disorders and Hazardous Drinking among Undergraduates at English Universities, Heather, N., Partington, S., Partington, E., Longstaff, F., Allsop, S., Jankowski, M., Wareham, H., St Clair Gibson, A. 2011, In: Alcohol and Alcoholism
  • Coping strategies in UK firefighters, Young, P., St Clair Gibson, A., Partington, E., Partington, S., Wetherell, M. Aug 2010
  • The dark side of flow: a qualitative study on dependence in big wave surfing, Partington, S., Partington, E., Olivier, S. Jun 2009, In: The Sports Psychologist

PGR Supervision

Joanne Smith Student Alcohol Consumption: An Exploration of the Social Factors Involved in UK Student and Student-Athlete Drinking Behaviour Start: 01/10/2014

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