BASES Heads of Department Forum (HoDs)

The BASES Heads of Department Forum was established as a day of information, interaction, discussion and networking for sport and exercise science Department Heads and Course Leaders.

Now into its 20th year, the Forum remains a highly popular event at which key topical issues are debated and best practice is discussed and shared.

Upcoming events 

Previous Events

20th BASES Heads of Department Forum

Wednesday 15 May 2024 - The University of Bedfordshire

A day of information and insights for those with leadership roles within sport and exercise sciences academia.

Theme: Topical challenges in Sport and Exercise Science Higher Education




Session overview

Presenter / Chair

From 9.15 am

Arrival with refreshments

All Delegates and Presenters

9.55am - 10:10am

Welcome and current updates - slides

Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES, Chair of BASES

10:10am – 11:20am

Retaining and Growing the Team - slides

Influencing the budget holders for staff CPD.

Think Tank - Breakout groups with a whole group discussion together at the end.

Chaired by Dr Jessica Hill and breakout groups facilitated by BASES Heads of Department Advisory Group.

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:10pm

Embedding EDI principles - slides

Presentation including examples of what HoDs can do to embed those principles, with time for questions at the end- please note this may be delivered as an online presentation.

Dr Kotryna Fraser and Dr Romanda Dillon

12:10pm – 1:10pm

A Word from our Sponsors followed by lunch break. Slides

HaB slides

Human Kinetics slides

Cranlea video

Cranlea, Human Kinetics, HaB Direct, Catapult

1:10am – 2:10pm

Optimizing student engagement - slides

Group Discussions within breakout rooms on the changing student demographic and cost of living challenge.

Chaired by Martyn Morris with a representative from the University of Bedfordshire marketing team to provide insights.

2:15pm – 2.55pm

Artificial Intelligence - Horizon scanning - slides

Presentation on how we use AI to best effect in student learning, including a group discussion.

Prof Andy Smith MBE, FBASES, co-author of the recent Position Stand on Artificial Intelligence and Assessment.

2.55pm- 3:00pm

Close and depart 

Feedback from the day and emerging issues for consideration for future events and forums.

Ian Wilson, BASES CEO.

Thank you to our event partners:


Heads of Department Virtual event 2023

Where: To be held via Zoom

When: Wednesday, 8 November 2023 from 10am to 2pm.

Theme: Student Futures


10am: Welcome and introduction – Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

10.05am: Presentation- Professor Mark Schofield, Head of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Edge Hill University

10.25am: Authentic learning experiences, feeding into graduate outcomes – case study – Dr Jessica Hill. Case study -Dr Darren James, LearnWell at London South Bank University

Please note following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to share their own examples of offering ‘Authentic learning experiences’ in their institutions.

11.20am: Updates- Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES

12 noon: Lunch break

12.30pm: Progression and employability - SES Landscape- Becka Colley-foster

1.15pm: Embedding transitional skills- Dr Katherine Burgess (BASES Education and Teaching Special Interest Group)

1.50pm: closing remarks- Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

2pm- close

19th BASES Heads of Department Forum

Wednesday 15 March 2023, TechnoCentre, Coventry University

A day of information and insights for those with leadership roles within sport and exercise sciences academia:

The Sport and Exercise Science Big Picture: what will be new and what is coming next?


TimeSessionSession OverviewPresenter/Chair
From 9:45amArrival with refreshmentsAll Delegates and Presenters
10:00 - 10:15amWelcome and current updatesProf Zoe Knowles FBASES, Chair of BASES
10:15 - 11:00amSport and Exercise Sciences: The Big Picture and Where to NextThis session will develop topics relating to contemporary sport and the possible impact on sport and exercise sciences. Delegates will be encouraged to express their own thoughts.

Prof Craig Mahoney FBASES

Chaired by Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

11:00am - 12:00pmTable discussion about the opening session, followed by feedback to the whole groupTables facilitated by members of the Heads of Department Advisory Group
12:00 - 12:30pmThe CEP-UK curriculum framework for Clinical Exercise Physiology Master’s degree accreditationThe session will provide insight into the curriculum framework that programme teams should follow to gain accreditation of MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology by the Academy of Health Care Sciences.

Prof Helen Jones

Chaired by Dr Jessica Hill

12:30 - 1:15pmA Word from our Sponsors followed by lunch breakCranlea Human Performance and Human Kinetics
1:15 - 2:00pmBASES Education & Teaching SIG Update: Raising Aspirations in Sport and Exercise Sciences (RAISES) ProjectThis session will introduce delegates to, and will present opportunities to participate in, a BASES Project aimed at supporting students’ graduate skill development as they progress through their programmes and into graduate careers.

Dr Mark Smith

Chaired By Steve Hunter

2:00 - 2:45pmClimate Change and the Pandemic: The long-term impactsThis session will consider how climate change and COVID-19 will change Sport and Exercise Science. Future scenarios will be presented based on i) the scientific evidence and ii) government policy.

Dr Andy Smith FBASES MBE

Chaired by Dr Martyn Morris

2:45 - 3:00pmFeedback from the day and emerging Issues for future events and ForumsProf Lars McNaughton FBASES, Chair of the Heads of Department Advisory Group
3:00pmClose and depart

Supported by: Cranlea and Human Kinetics


Heads of Department 2022 virtual event

Where: To be held via Zoom

When: Thursday, 24 November 2022 from 10am to 2pm.


10am: Welcome and current updates, Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES, Chair of BASES

10.10-11am: B3 regulations and Information, Dr Lynda Brady – Pro Vice Chancellor Student Experience, Edge Hill University, Chaired by Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES, Chair of the Heads of Department Advisory Group

11am-11.45am: Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Prof Tony Moss - Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Education and Experience, London South Bank University, Chaired by Steve Hunter, member of the Heads of Department Advisory Group

11.45am-12.30pm: Student and Graduate Employability in HE: Reflections from the past 10 years, Alex Bliss Course Leader, Applied Strength and Conditioning, St Mary's University Twickenham, Chaired by Dr Jessica Hill, member of the Heads of Department Advisory Group

12.30pm-13.00pm: Lunch break

13.00pm-13.50pm: Clean Sport Collaboration, Simon Hitchcox – Clean Sport Education Officer, UK Anti-Doping, chaired by Dr Jocelyn Tantawy, member of the Heads of Department Advisory Group

13.50pm-14.00pm: Discussion topics for 19th Heads of Department Forum, 15 March 2023 at Coventry University, Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

14.00pm: Close

18th Heads of Department Forum

When: 15 March 2022

Where: Online

Overview of the day: Aimed at Heads of Department, Heads of Schools, and their respective associates and degree programme leaders in sport and exercise, this year’s event will be looking at teaching and learning strategies post the pandemic.


Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES

Dr Matthew Timmis

Prof Sylvester Arnab

Prof Helen Jones

Melissa Turner

Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES


10 am - Delegate log in

10:15 am- Welcome and Introduction

Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES & Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

10:25 am - PROCEED (Projected completion and employment from entrant data): student retention and employability

Dr Matthew Timmis

This session will unpack the new metric proposed by the Office for Students (OfS). Implications for our sector will be considered alongside the recent OfS consultation on quality and standards.

Chaired by Dr Martyn Morris

11.25 am - Break

11:40 am - Embedding different learning experiences into sport courses during lockdown, and beyond

This session will provide insights into how engaging and meaningful learning experiences can be co-designed at the speed of need, sharing examples from the multi-award winning GameChangers initiative at Coventry University.

Prof Sylvester Arnab

Chaired by Dr Martyn Morris

12:40 pm - A Word from our Sponsors followed by lunch break

1:30 pm - Clinical Exercise Physiology UK: update

Prof Helen Jones

This session will provide an overview that following the launch in December 2021, Clinical Exercise Physiologists are now eligible for professional registration with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.

Chaired by Dr Jessica Hill and Dr Rebecca Murphy

1:50 pm - Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) updates and considerations

Dr Melissa Turner

This session will help to understand the requirements of the TEF submission and how to provide an outstanding student experience.

Chaired by Dr Kiara Lewis FBASES

2:50 pm - Feedback, Emerging Issues for future events/forums

Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

3 pm - Close

Details of the guest speakers’ bios can be found here

How to book:

Please head to the following link and complete the form to register

Supported by:



Heads of Department (HoDs) Virtual Forum 2021

Event 1

When: Tuesday 9 November 2021, 10am-2pm. Deadline to register will be close of play Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Where: Online (login details will be shared a week before the event)

Overview of the day: The theme of the online event is threefold: Heads of Department career progression challenges and strategies; ‘how to get sport and exercise a seat at the top table in HEI’s’; and to discuss the progress of the BASES Education and Training Special Interest Group.

Aim: To give existing sport and exercise Heads of Department an insight into the strategies required for career progression to obtain position, and representation, at HEI senior management level.

9:45 - 10:00 amDelegates log in
10:00 - 10:15 amWelcome, introduction and context
10:15 - 11:00 amSession 1: Prof David James, Dean of Academic Development, University of Gloucestershire
  • Heads of Department career progression: challenges and strategies.
11:00 - 11:15 amBreak
11:15 am - 12:30pmSession 2: Education & Teaching Special Interest Group's Strategic Priorities and Collaboration with the Heads of Department Forum
12:30 - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 - 1:45 pmSession 3: Prof Cara Aitchison, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • How to get Sport and Exercise Sciences a seat at the top table in HEI's.
1:45 - 2:00 pmSummary & close

How to book:

Bookings have now closed for this event.

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17th Heads of Department Forum

Now into its 17th year, the Forum remains a highly popular event at which key topical issues are debated and best practice is discussed and shared. This year’s online event will be a day of information and insights for those with leadership roles within sport and exercise sciences academia. There are a number of presentations and discussions, including the following topics:

  • Heads of Department roles, challenges and strategies for being successful
  • Dealing with COVID-19 and its long-term legacy
  • Developing Professionals of the Future
  • The future of teaching, learning, and assessment in sport and exercise sciences

Upcoming events

Where: Online (login details will be shared a week before the event)

When: Wednesday 17 March 2021, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Deadline to register will be close of play Friday 5 March 2021.

How to book: To book your place, please email Places are limited and each institution can register up to two delegates. Deadline to register will be close of play Friday 5 March 2021.

View the Agenda

Prof Richard Tong FBASES, BASES Chair & Assoc Prof Lance Doggart FBASES, Chair of the Heads of Department Advisory Group, will introduce the day, which will see presentations from

Dr Sally Akehurst
Prof Victoria Burns
Dr Joanne Hudson FBASES
Dr Steve Ingham FBASES
Prof Tony Myers
Prof Dave Richardson
Dr Andy Smith FBASES
Prof Gareth Stratton
Prof Richard Thelwell FBASES

Members of the Heads of Department Advisory Group will introduce and facilitate sessions.

We are pleased to announce that the event is kindly being supported by Cranlea and Human Kinetics, for which we appreciate their support.


15th Heads of Department Forum

15th Heads of Department Forum - Wednesday 14 March 2018 at Staffordshire University.

The HoD Advisory Group Chair, Dr Lance Doggart FBASES said, “The Forum was another great success! The advisory group decided to change the format and style of the event, based on feedback from 2017, and this included more presenters delivering shorter presentations with more time for discussion between the delegates during the planned scheduled networking breaks”.

The Advisory Group, which includes Jocelyn Tantawy, Dr Keith Tolfrey and Dr Kiara Lewis, also noted that an early review of the evaluations suggested the style and format was very well received with the delegates appreciating the wide array of the speaker backgrounds, and their insights, as well as a number of excellent suggestions for next year.

BASES Chair, Dr Keith Tolfrey FBASES commented, “As always, a huge thank you to our guest speakers and also everyone who made the effort to support the event. We also thank everyone in the BASES office for their support; most notably, Jane Gillott who has been the key administrator for the event for many years”.

The agenda for the day was as follows:

  • Welcome and introductions - BASES Chair, Dr Keith Tolfrey FBASES, and Dr Lance Doggart FBASES
  • Working with Industry Professionals – presentations by Peter Hood, Dr Garry Tew and Yvonne Harrison, chaired by Clare Pheasey
  • Breakout session – ‘How to work with industry professionals’
  • Presentations by James Brouner, Dr Simon Marwood and Paul Freeman on maximising Student Engagement, chaired by Dr Kiara Lewis
  • Breakout session – ‘Maximising student engagement – good practice’
  • Discussion on BASES Position Statements for good practice around working with industry professionals and maximising student engagement
  • Emerging issues for BASES HoD Forum 2019

Presentations from the event can be found in the Members' Area of the BASES website.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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