My name is Alison Connaughton and I teach on a range of Sport and Exercise psychology modules within the School, as well as being the Programme Director for the BSc Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle degree.
I have a strong interest in helping individuals and groups learn about improving health and physical activity, as well as developing their overall professional and academic skills. My current research is related to motivation for physical activity and exercise for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
I have worked in a range of higher education roles which has given me the opportunity to meet individuals from a variety of backgrounds with differing experiences of health and exercise. These experiences allow me to work with students to assist them to achieve their individual academic goals and to plan for their future careers within the areas of health, exercise and nutrition.
My personal interests and hobbies have always involved sport and physical activity. Over the years I have enjoyed experiences such as running the Dublin marathon, taking part in triathlons, and mountain biking the Tour Du Mont Blanc. I am keen on exercise as a lifelong activity and continue to run regularly, having taken part in half marathons for the last 20 years.
I am a second-language Welsh-speaker and I encourage any students who wish to do so to take the opportunity to study aspects of their course through the medium of Welsh.
My main goal at UWTSD is to work with students to produce graduates who have the knowledge and professional skills to work with individuals and groups in a community setting to improve health and lifestyle.