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Mr Michael Cole

Senior Lecturer

Health, Sport and Bioscience

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Applied Health and Communities, and a P/T PhD candidate in the Cass School of Education. A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a practicing Sports & Exercise Therapist, Michael has 18 years experience in teaching and industry, and holds a BSc in Sports Therapy, a PGC(H)E, and a PgDip in Sports Pedagogy. Follow on twitter: @Cole_Therapy_Ed

  • SD 2.13, Docklands Campus
    School of Health Sport and Bioscience
    University of East London
    University Way
    E16 2RD
  • +442082234689

    Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Senior Lecturer with 18 years’ experience in teaching (primarily in Sports & Exercise Therapy, musculoskeletal physical therapies, and specialising in the role of exercise in performance, rehabilitation, and the treatment of pain and dysfunction) and in interdisciplinary sports medical teams (including with British Swimming and Team GBR).

    Michael has been responsible for leading academic delivery of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programmes at the University of East London, whilst developing projects to enhance equity and cultural-competency in learning, teaching and assessment, and engaging in doctoral research in the field of equity pedagogy.

    Michael is an external consultant in Higher Education, sports, and healthcare industries; he has been a verifier and examiner for two national awarding bodies, sat on several national committees/groups, and has twice been selected as a guest speaker at the annual British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM) national conferences. 

    His areas of interest are primarily exercise therapy, interpersonal skills in healthcare, Critical Race Theory and developing equitable, evidence-informed teaching and learning strategies. Michael teaches and leads across levels 4, 5 and 6, and is an Athena SWAN mentor and a Learning & Teaching ‘Champion’ for the College of Applied Health and Communities.

    Michael is a member of the Race Equality Charter team at UEL, co-leading on learning and teaching staff developments using critical and equity pedagogy, and a member of:

    • Access and Participation Plan (APP) Steering Group
    • HEA CREST Professional Standards Framework Committee
    • Learning and Teaching Quality Committee
    • Learning and Teaching Symposiums Steering Group
    • Technology Enhanced Learning sub-committee
    • Editorial Review Board (Journal of Impact Culture)


    Principle Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) 

    Member of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST)

    Associate Member UKSCA


    Award winner:

    •  ‘Vice Chancellor and President Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning’ for impact by a team (2019)
    • ‘Extra Mile Award for Inspirational Teaching’ (Student-led Teaching Awards, 2018)


    • External Examiner at HE Institutions (Sports Therapy / Sports Science)
    • Visiting Lecturer (Sports Therapy; Teacher Education; Equity Pedagogy & Critical Race Theory)


    • Clinical Practitioner (Sports & Exercise Therapy in private clinical practice since 2001)
    • On-set Practitioner (screen/stage productions)
    • Previously 13-years as a Sports Therapist in professional and semi-professional football, and with British Swimming, working in North America, Asia, and Europe
    • Previously member of various national groups/committees for accrediting professional bodies in the UK 


    • 2019 – AdvanceHE NET2019 Conference: Networking for Education in Healthcare – Anti-Racist Praxis
    • 2019 – HERAG/Sheffield Hallam University: Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference – Anti-Racist Praxis
    • 2018 - BASEM Annual Conference – ‘Return to Work: Criteria-Based Rehabilitation’
    • 2018 – SST Academic Forum – ‘Effective & Inclusive Learning & Assessment in Sport/Healthcare Education’
    • 2018 – College of Applied Health & Communities Conference (UEL) – ‘Inclusive Teaching Practice’
    • 2018 – University of Derby FE Showcase – ‘Critical Pedagogy in Practice’
    • 2017 – City of Liverpool College – ‘Problematizing Whiteness and Achieving Inclusivity in Education’
    • 2017 – SST Academic Forum – ‘Unconscious Biases and Inclusivity in Healthcare Education:’
    • 2017 – University of Huddersfield - ‘Thinking Differently About Teaching and Learning: Whiteness in Education’
    • 2017 – ECU/AdvanceHE HERAG Think Tank – ‘Teaching and Learning: Inclusivity in Higher Education’
    • 2016 - ResearchEd – ‘Teaching and Learning: FE to HE Transition and the BAME Attainment Gap’
    • 2016 - Beijing Sports University – ‘Exercise Rehabilitation in Sport’
    • 2016 - CELT (UEL) – ‘Raising achievement via learning science and inclusivity’
    • 2016 - CELT (UEL) - Innovations in Graduate Employability


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    Equality in HE; Enterprise in Sports Medicine; Soft-tissue therapies; Remedial exercise; Interpersonal Skills in Healthcare

    Sports & Exercise Therapy within in Sports, Leisure, and Public Health

    Critical & Equity pedagogy in higher education



    Sports Injuries; Exercise Rehabilitation; Soft-tissue Therapies; Professional Practice

    BSc Sports Therapy