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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

Sadler I, Reimann N. 2018. Variation in the development of teachers’ understandings of assessment and their assessment practices in higher education Higher Education Research and Development, 37 :131-144 >DOI

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, 42 :724-736 >DOI

Sadler I. 2013. The role of self-confidence in learning to teach in higher education Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 50 :157-166 >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 and conditioning International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 7 :33-45 >DOI

Sadler I. 2012. The influence of interactions with students for the development of new academics as teachers in higher education Higher Education, 64 :147-160 >DOI

Sadler I. 2012. The challenges for new academics in adopting student-centred approaches to teaching Studies in Higher Education, 37 :731-745 >DOI

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

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Feedforward in higher education: conceptualisations and practice, The Higher Education Conference - EARLI, Amsterdam, Holland, Oral presentation 12/07/2016

Conceptualising Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as an assessment process, 5th International Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Birmingham, England, Oral presentation 25/06/2015

Plurality and difference in the development of teachers’ understanding of assessment in higher education, SRHE 2014 Annual Research Conference, Oral presentation 16/12/2014

The interplay between staff understandings of assessment and their assessment practices in higher education, EARLI Biennial Conference 2013, Munich, Germany, Oral presentation 27/08/2013


Chartered Scientist, Science Council

Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research Grants Awarded:

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

Teaching qualification:

PGCE - Adult Education and Training