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 17th year, the Forum remains a highly popular event at which key topical issues are debated and best practice is discussed and shared. The theme of this year's event will be 'Leading, supporting and managing staff as a Head of Department in Sport and Exercise Science' with presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  • Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - sharing best practice for gold standard attainment
  • Leading and supporting staff in SES, challenges and skills
  • Update on the new Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR)

Upcoming events

Where:  TechnoCentre, Coventry University

When: Wednesday 18 March 2020

How to book: Please complete a booking form and send to jgillott@bases.org.uk


Previous Events

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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