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 18th year, the Forum remains a highly popular event at which key topical issues are debated and best practice is discussed and shared.

Upcoming events


When: 15 March 2022

Where: Online

Overview of the day: Aimed at Heads of Department, Heads of Schools, and their respective associates and degree programme leaders in sport and exercise, this year’s event will be looking at teaching and learning strategies post the pandemic.


Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES

Dr Matthew Timmis

Prof Sylvester Arnab

Prof Helen Jones

Melissa Turner 

Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES


10 am - Delegate log in

10:15 amWelcome and Introduction

Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES & Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

10:25 am - PROCEED (Projected completion and employment from entrant data): student retention and employability 

Dr Matthew Timmis 

This session will unpack the new metric proposed by the Office for Students (OfS). Implications for our sector will be considered alongside the recent OfS consultation on quality and standards. 

Chaired by Dr Martyn Morris

11.25 am - Break

11:40 am -  Embedding different learning experiences into sport courses during lockdown, and beyond 

This session will provide insights into how engaging and meaningful learning experiences can be co-designed at the speed of need, sharing examples from the multi-award winning GameChangers initiative at Coventry University.

Prof Sylvester Arnab 

Chaired by Dr Martyn Morris

12:40 pm - A Word from our Sponsors followed by lunch break

1:30 pm - Clinical Exercise Physiology UK: update 

Prof Helen Jones 

This session will provide an overview that following the launch in December 2021, Clinical Exercise Physiologists are now eligible for professional registration with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. 

Chaired by Dr Jessica Hill and Dr Rebecca Murphy

1:50 pm - Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) updates and considerations 

Dr Melissa Turner 

This session will help to understand the requirements of the TEF submission and how to provide an outstanding student experience. 

Chaired by Dr Kiara Lewis FBASES

2:50 pm - Feedback, Emerging Issues for future events/forums 

Prof Lars McNaughton FBASES

3 pm - Close

Details of the guest speakers’ bios can be found here

How to book:

Please head to the following link and complete the form to register

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17th Heads of Department Forum

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.



15th Heads of Department Forum

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.

Heads of Department (HoDs) Virtual Forum 2021

Event 1

When: Tuesday 9 November 2021, 10am-2pm. Deadline to register will be close of play Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Where: Online (login details will be shared a week before the event)

Overview of the day: The theme of the online event is threefold: Heads of Department career progression challenges and strategies; ‘how to get sport and exercise a seat at the top table in HEI’s’; and to discuss the progress of the BASES Education and Training Special Interest Group.

Aim: To give existing sport and exercise Heads of Department an insight into the strategies required for career progression to obtain position, and representation, at HEI senior management level.

9:45 - 10:00 amDelegates log in
10:00 - 10:15 amWelcome, introduction and context
10:15 - 11:00 amSession 1: Prof David James, Dean of Academic Development, University of Gloucestershire
  • Heads of Department career progression: challenges and strategies.
11:00 - 11:15 amBreak
11:15 am - 12:30pmSession 2: Education & Teaching Special Interest Group's Strategic Priorities and Collaboration with the Heads of Department Forum
12:30 - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 - 1:45 pmSession 3: Prof Cara Aitchison, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • How to get Sport and Exercise Sciences a seat at the top table in HEI's.
1:45 - 2:00 pmSummary & close

How to book:

Bookings have now closed for this event.

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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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