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Professor Beverley Hale

Professor in Learning and Teaching | +44 (0) 1243 816347

Beverley first began teaching Statistics at Chichester in 1998 and led the research methods and statistics teaching on all undergraduate and postgraduate taught Sports Science degree programmes from 2000-2010.

During that time she has developed considerable knowledge of the applications of statistics to Sports Science.

In 2006 Beverley became one of the university’s five Principal Lecturers, Learning and Teaching a role which aids the development of learning and teaching strategy and supports new academic staff towards teaching qualifications.

Beverley is involved with research in the field of statistical education.

She provides statistical consultancy to local NHS trusts and to sections of the MoD.



1981 - B.Ed. Mathematics with Education. West Sussex Institute of Higher Education.

1996 - M.Sc Applied Statistics with Statistical Education. Sheffield Hallam University.

2010 - Ed.D. How might the development of pedagogic strategies enhance sports science students’ attainment of statistical literacy in Higher Education? Kingston University.


Scientific Inquiry in Sport and Exercise (SPL130)

The module aims to provide students with a foundation in study and research skills which will support and underpin work in other sports science modules. The module is split into four blocks which will use a particular sporting context to develop study and research skills through practical application. In addition students are introduced to simple methods of qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis together with the philosophies that underpin them.

Research Methods for Sports Therapy (SPL110)

The module provides the student with a foundation of research skills which will support research work in sports therapy in general and in particular in other modules within the programmes. It aims to introduce students to the philosophies that underpin different forms of research and also to qualitative and quantitative data analysis procedures.

Researching Sport and Exercise (SPL201)

The module builds on experience gained at level four (first year). It aims to enable students to complete a research proposal and to conduct a small scale research project within the area of Sports Science. Students’ experience with statistics will be expanded to support the analyses required in other component modules of each of the degree programmes to which this module contributes. It will explore the theories underpinning research and will address ethical issues that relate to such work.

Independent Study in Research Methods (SPL228)

Students taking this module will have followed core research methods modules within their degree programmes (or equivalent) but will not have reached a level of proficiency with which they can confidently conduct independent research. The module aims to provide students with support to develop those research skills required to complete a dissertation/independent project in their chosen field.

Research Methods and Statistics One (MSCPS02)

The research methods element of the M.Sc. course is intended to enable the student to explore qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their application. In constructing the course outline due regard has been taken of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) training guidelines. Students will examine a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies that will equip them to undertake a variety of research projects.

The module will cover a range of research methods and statistical techniques that are applicable to the sports sciences. It will include a revision of descriptive statistics and tests of difference (t tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA) and their assumptions. Tests of similarity (simple and partial correlation), linear and multiple regression, will also be explored. Qualitative methodologies will be discussed and students will employ one method of collecting qualitative data. Students will experience and evaluate a variety of research methods, including single subject designs.

Research Methods and Statistics Two (MSCPS03)

This module will develop further research and statistical skills that are relevant to investigative methodologies needed by the sport and exercise scientist. Statistical skills will be extended into the area of multivariate analysis. It is also intended to extend the students’ expertise into a further understanding and appraisal of qualitative methods. The module will cover advanced research methods and statistical techniques such as MANOVA and MANCOVA. Techniques of factor analysis and principal components analysis will be included. Regression techniques first encountered in the previous module will be extended. Students will have the opportunity to develop further their skills with qualitative methods.


Bev is the  Principle Lecturer, Learning and Teaching linked to three academic departments (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sport Development and Management, and Psychology and Counselling). Beverley contributes to policy development and quality assurance in learning and teaching across the university.

Beverley leads several staff development sessions related to learning and teaching throughout the academic year. She coordinates one of the three modules that form the PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and contributes to the other two modules.

Committees and Responsibilities

2010 - Learning and Teaching Committee

2006 - Learning and Teaching Development and Practice Group

2004 - Department Management Team (Sport and Exercise Sciences)

2010-2011 Academic Standards Committee

2006 - Academic Quality and Standards Committee Scrutiny Group

2011 – Teaching and Learning Accommodation Group



Conference presentations

IASE 2011 (Dublin) Conference presentation “Reaching out to the sports science setting: the impact of academic practice on students’ statistical literacy”

RSS2009 (Edinburgh) Poster presentation “ Is relevant context useful in the enhancement of students’ understanding of statistical concepts?”

Academic Journal Papers

McMorris, T., Sproule, J., Turner, A., & Hale, B.J. (2011). Acute, intermediate intensity exercise, and speed and accuracy in working memory tasks: a meta-analytical comparison of effects. Physiology and Behavior 102 pp421-428

McMorris, T. & Hale, B. (2012). Differential effects of differing intensities of acute exercise on speed and accuracy of cognition: A meta-analytical investigation.  Brain and Cognition, 80, 338-351.

Submitted/awaiting minor revisions

Colbert, S.D., Parry, D.A., Hale, B., Davies, J. & Brennan. P.A. Does the Greater Auricular Nerve predict the size of the main trunk of the Facial Nerve? A clinical and cadaveric study. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Submitted July 2013. To be published early 2014.

Lyndon, S. & Hale, B. Evaluation of how the blended use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) can impact on learning and teaching in a specific module. Enhancing Learning in The Social Sciences. Submistted September 2013

Wong, Y., Stearn, S., Moore, S.J. & Hale, B. Angina at low heart rate and risk for imminent myocardial infarction (The ALARM study): A prospective observational study. Submitted  to Plos One October 2013.

Books/Chapters in Books

Fallowfield , JL, Hale, BJ and Wilkinson DM (2005) Using Statistics in Sport and Exercise Science Research Chichester: Lotus Publishing.

Hale, B. & Graham, D. (2012). Quantitative approaches. In Research Methods in Physical Education and Youth Sports. (edited by K. Armour & D. MacDonald). London: Routledge

Hale, B. & Wakefield, A. (2012). Analysing quantitative data. In Research Methods in Physical Education and Youth Sports. (edited by K. Armour & D. MacDonald). London: Routledge


2009 Reviewer for Early Years, An International Journal of Research and Development

2010 Reviewer for Routledge for a proposed Research Methods text.


Research and Consultancy

Beverley’s research interests focus on statistical literacy and the development of effective statistical pedagogies. She extends this interest to the teaching of ‘difficult subjects’.


2009-2012 Statistics consultant to West Sussex LINk for data analysis within specific hospital related projects.

2012 – Statistical consultant for local NHS cardiac and maxillofacial research projects

2013 – Statistical consultant for Environmental medicine and Science Division of the Institute of Naval Medicine.

External Supervision

2012-2013 External supervisor for a doctoral student at Regent’s College London.


Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Member of the International Association for Statistical Education

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