Personal profile

Biography

Emma is an Associate Professor in learning and teaching, she works in the Faculty for Arts, Science and Technology at the University of Northampton. She is the Deputy Head of Subject for Sport and Exercise and the Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport Degree. She is the Co Lead for the Centre for Active Digital Education.

Emma Whewell studied Sports Science and Physiology at the University of Leeds. She went on to study a PGCE in Physical Education at Durham University. After graduating Emma worked as a physical education teacher in Bradford and following this Leeds as head of PE teaching children in key stages 3-5. In 2002 Emma moved to a school on the outskirts of Newcastle where she was working as a Head of Year and PE teacher.

She joined the University of Northampton in 2006 as part of the Initial Teacher Training team.  Whilst working here she has completed her MA in Education focussing on the teaching of children classed as vulnerable. She has completed her PhD on the formation of identity in newly qualified teachers. Emma's reseacch is centered upon inclusion, access and pedagogy. She has expertise in digital pedagogies, phenomenolgy, physical education anc inclusive practices.

Emma is a member of the Primary Physical Education European Network group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for a fit and healthy childhood. She is an external examiner for Birmingham City University Initial Teacher training (undergraduate SCITT).

Research Interests

Emma Whewell’s PhD is written on the formation of identity in newly qualified teachers.

Emma is a member of the Primary Physical Education European Network group, the Childrens Alliance, Research in Physical Education and Sport (REPS) and the All Party Parliamentary Group for a fit and healthy childhood.

Emma has been CoPi on the eTwinning projects and DLAB2: Developing Changemakers an Erasmus+ project. This involved working with schools and universities in five European countries to improve access to and usage of mobile technology including AR and VR .

Emma ran the Iris Connect Innovation Project which considers the possibilities of digital mentoring and the role of the novice and expert teacher in learning to teach.

She has research projects running in the area of access and participation, digital technology, outdoor learning and health and wellbeing.

Emma has supervised MA students who are pursuing an MA in the field of Physical Education.

Emma is accepting PhD students.

Teaching Interests

Physical Education and Sport

  • An introduction to physical education and school sport
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in PE
  • Critical issues in PE
  • Work placement
  • How to be successful at University
  • Dissertation supervision

External Roles

Emma is a member of the Primary Physical Education European Network group, the Childrans Alliance and the All Party Parliamentary Group for a fit and healthy childhood. She is an external examiner for Birningham City University.