BASES Heads of Department Virtual 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. 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 enquiries@bases.org.uk. 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.



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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