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Dr Lynsey Melhuish

Dr Lynsey Melhuish

Senior Lecturer Sports Management

 Richards Building 114


Richard's Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Senior Fellow of the HEA and Senior Lecturer in Sports Management (Education and Scholarship) in the Department of Public Health and Sport Sciences, within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Responsible for the leadership, delivery, and development of the MSc Sports Management programme in collaboration with the Business School.

Teaching disciplines span the breadth of the leisure industry including sports operations (strategic leadership and management, human resources, marketing, health, and safety), sports development, policy and governance and facilities management, event organisation, adventure, outdoor and extreme sports and tourism and hospitality management. Fuelled by rich and diverse industry experiences and extensive networking across the UK public, private and third sector (including local government, commercial companies, and national governing bodies) and globally.

Research and academic practice specialise in employability and learning, focused on employer engagement, experiential learning and work-placements, vocational habitus, the learner journey/careership, learning cultures/identities and widening participation/inclusion. Research expertise covers teaching and supervision on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects/dissertations with specialist skills in the application of qualitative research methods.


2016- 2020   EdD Education, University of Southampton

2014                  Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy    

2011                   Institute for Learning, QTLS Status

2007-2010     MA Education, University of Plymouth                

2003-2005    PGCE - Post Compulsory Education, Oxford Brookes University       

1998-2001       BA Hons (1st Class) Leisure/Human Resource Management, University of Gloucestershire 


Lynsey has spent her academic life combining learning and teaching with interests and expertise in sport and the wider leisure industry. From frontline teaching, through to operations, senior leadership, and management positions (both in education and industry), alongside active research. She has extensive educational experience in teaching, leadership, and management, preceded by employment across a diverse range of industry fields in community, sport, leisure, business, events, health, and social welfare. Prior to joining Exeter, Lynsey has been responsible for the curriculum leadership and development of a range of sports, leisure, outdoor and adventure programmes at Solent University, and other educational institutes, and as an Associate Professor, specialising in employability and learning through staff development and the enhancement, and growth of innovative pedagogy and teaching practice. Lynsey is committed to exceptional student satisfaction through the learner journey to graduation and employability; achieved through creative, and transformational leadership and delivery in exceptional learning, teaching, and pastoral support.   


Research interests

Committed to research informed teaching, contributing to industry practice and in building reputation in research and scholarly activity to contribute globally. Lynsey has been developing a portfolio of research and scholarly activity associated with her breadth of subject disciplines, centred around the sport/leisure industry and learning and teaching/educational expertise. She contributes to a range of educational and industry publications and conferences, and works with graduates to support and guide publication and presentation of student produced research.

Sport/leisure industry interests:

  • Adventure sports coaching and epistemological approaches
  • Event management and volunteering
  • Outdoor learning and education/learning outside the classroom
  • Adventure/nature therapy
  • Human resource management
  • Feasibility/business planning/marketing and procurement
  • Leisure operations/facility management
  • Sports development
  • Community multi-agency working
  • Health and social welfare/social policy

Learning and teaching research interests:

  • Employer engagement/work based learning
  • Learner journey, learner transitions and learner identity
  • Careership, vocational habitus and horizons for action
  • Non-traditional learners and widening participation
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Learning and teaching (including e-learning)
  • Experiential and vocational learning
  • Live work- based projects, consultancy and research


Publications (academic and industry)

Melhuish, L. and Ryan, G., (2022). Undergraduate perspectives on the epistemological chain in adventure sports coaching. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. UK: Taylor and Francis Online.

Melhuish, L., M., (2019). Exploring student perspectives of employer engagement as part of their higher education learner journey. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 277pp.

Melhuish, L., M., (2017). Dangerous Liaisons -Exploring employer engagement relationships in vocational undergraduate adventure and outdoor management degreesViewpoint; Industry and Higher Education Journal. Volume 2. London: Sage Publishing.

Melhuish, L., M., (2016). Loving or Loathing Lynda? A pilot study investigation into the integration of video e-learning resources within an undergraduate leisure management degree unit. PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences. Volume 2. India: GRDS Publishing.

Melhuish L., M., and Ali, N., (2015). Festival Fear Factor. New Event Organiser- The Official Journal of The Event Services Association (TESA), Issue 124. Chepstow: TESA.

Melhuish L., M., (2015). Bubbles and Bar-tenders Primary First Journal, February 2015 edition. Oxford: National Association of Primary Education (NAPE).

Melhuish, L., M., (2014). Learning Outside the Classroom Sparkling or Still? Horizons Edition 67. Cumbria: Institute for Outdoor Learning.


Conferences contributions

Research projects

Lynsey is currently working on publications and conference contributions involving qualitative research on the sport/adventure undergraduate learner journey. This explores multi-layered themes in higher education, combining academic and experiential learning opportunities to enhance the student experience and employability, from school to graduation to inform academics and professional services on maximising employability and career services and for positive graduate outcomes and student satisfaction.

External Engagement and Impact


Senior Fellow of the HEA 2014

External Examiner Positions

Lynsey has established senior level pedagogic reputation across the external HE/FE landscape as well as through extensive life-long professional sport and leisure networks in the UK and globally, contributing locally, nationally, and internationally on related research and scholarly activity to inform industry practice. She has extensive expertise as an External Examiner across the UK over the last decade, involved in UK and international partnership programmes.  Lynsey has also been involved in numerous validation events.

External Examiner roles

2021 -                 FdSc Health and Social Care and BSc Professional Studies: University of Plymouth

2022 -                  Fd /BA (Hons) Adventure, Outdoor and Education Leadership: Open University

2016 – 2020       Fd /BA Leadership, Management and Public Services: University of East Anglia

2018 – 2021       Fd/ BA Business and Management: Bournemouth University

2014 – 2018        BSc/MA/MSc Leadership, Business,Management: Northumbria University

2013 – 2015        Fd/BA Public and Community Services: Manchester Metropolitan University

External positions

External validation roles


BSc/MA/MSc Leadership, Business, Marketing and Management: Northumbria University


BSc Adventure Leadership: University of Plymouth


BSc/MA/MSc Leadership, Business, Marketing and Management: Northumbria University


UK FE/ HE partnership collaborations

Other collaborations during employment at Degree Centre Weymouth (2007-20012) included: Fd Sport /Fd Public Services with University of Plymouth FdA Public Services with Bournemouth University and FD Sport with University of Bath


Committed to teaching excellence, and the development, innovation, and creativity of a student focused curriculum. Lynsey's teaching portfolio includes foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level courses across sport, leisure (events / tourism and hospitality) adventure and outdoor management. She has also taught on Postgraduate Certificate in Education / Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

2023/24 modules

MSc Sports Management

SHSM039 Sports Management, Leadership and Strategy

SHSM041 Sports Management Dissertation


Plus, contribution to:

SHSM040 International Sports Governance, Policy, and Contemporary Issues

BEMM789 Sports Management Business Plan

BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences

ESS2900 Employability and Career Development

ESS1018 Introduction to Professional Placement

ESS2108 Preparing for Professional Placement

ESS3108 Professional Placement 



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