Liverpool Skyline

Sport Studies Leisure and Nutrition

Dr Ian Sadler

Dr Ian Sadler

Telephone: 0151 231 5235


Dr Ian Sadler is Subject Head in the School of Sport, Leisure and Nutrition. He has a quality enhancement role in the school and teaches in the area of exercise physiology and nutrition. Ian is an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (BASES) and a Chartered Scientist (Science Council). Ian’s research focuses upon learning and teaching in higher education; specifically teacher development and assessment practice. He is currently supervising doctoral students in related areas. In addition, Ian has extensive experience of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development, has led Faculty wide projects related to assessment and student research, and has set-up and overseen a range of specialist laboratory and clinic spaces. Externally, Ian has been on the panel for numerous validation events, delivered a BASES workshop on teaching approaches in sport and exercise science and is an assessor for the Science Council.


2009, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, PhD
2001, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, PGCE
1999, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom, MSc Sport Science
1998, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Physical Education and Geography

Academic appointments

Subject Head, School of Sport, Leisure and Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2017 - present
Acting Associate Dean: Student Experience, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University, York, 2015 - 2016
Head of Department: Applied Human Sciences, York St John University, York, 2014 - 2016


Journal article

Reimann N, Sadler I. 2017. Personal understanding of assessment and the link to assessment practice: the perspectives of higher education staff Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, >DOI

Sadler I. 2013. The role of self-confidence in learning to teach in higher education Innovations in Education and Teaching International, >DOI

Sanctuary C, Meir R, Sadler I. 2012. The Seven Step Approach to the Application of Sports Science in English Professional Rugby League: Practical Considerations in Strength & Conditioning International journal of Sports Science and Coaching,

Sadler I. 2012. The influence of interactions with students for the development of new academics as teachers in higher education Higher Education, >DOI

Sadler I. 2011. The challenges for new academics in adopting student-centred approaches to teaching Studies in Higher Education, >DOI

Sadler I. 2009. Connection Learning: A Framework for the Development of Teaching Journal on excellence in college teaching,

Sadler I, Reimann N. Variation in the development of teachers’ understandings of assessment and their assessment practices in higher education Higher Education Research and Development, >DOI

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: The interplay between staff understandings of assessment and their assessment practices in higher education, Conference title: EARLI Biennial Conference 2013, Place/location of conference: Munich, Germany, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Plurality and difference in the development of teachers’ understanding of assessment in higher education, Conference title: SRHE 2014 Annual Research Conference, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Conceptualising Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as an assessment process, Conference title: 5th International Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Place/location of conference: Birmingham, England, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Feedforward in higher education: conceptualisations and practice, Conference title: The Higher Education Conference - EARLI, Place/location of conference: Amsterdam, Holland, Presentation type: Oral presentation


Fellowship title: Chartered Scientist, Organisation: Science Council

Fellowship title: Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, Organisation: British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Fellowship title: Senior Fellow, Organisation: Higher Education Academy

Research Grants Awarded:

Higher Education Academy, HLST Critical Review of Contemporary Practice: Feedback, Grant value (£): 5000

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: PGCE - Adult Education and Training