Ruth Matthewson

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I graduated from York St John University in 2001 with a BA (Hons) degree in Physical Education and Geography. I then completed a secondary PGCE in PE and Geography at Durham University in 2002 before embarking on a teaching career. In my first years of teaching I also completed an MA in Education from Durham University. I have recently joined York St John University as a senior lecturer after teaching Physical Education within secondary school for the last 15 years including Head of Department for the last seven years.

Further Information


I teach across two academic schools, the School of Sport & the School of Education.

Within the School of Sport I have delivered this year on the following modules:

  • L2 Active & healthy Lifestyles
  • L3 Assessment Strategies within Physical Education

Within the School of Education I have delivered: 

  • PE specific practical sessions for undergraduate and postgraduate courses


I am just beginning my research journey as I begin to prepare for my PhD, based around the quality of provision for Physical Education within School.

Professional Activities

With a background in delivering practical sessions to children I enjoy still coaching and teaching to young people. I am an active coach within netball and gymnastics and regularly delivers sessions to children across York. I am also a tutor for British Gymnastics and mentors young coaches who are beginning their coaching journey.

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