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Visiting Professor on Inclusive Physical Education and Physical Activity

We are delighted to host Professor Chunxiou Li (Lee) from South China Normal University who will be visiting the University of Worcester on the 6th and 7th of December 2023. Prof Li is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of disability inclusion in physical activity, including a focus on the inclusion of physically impaired and neurodiverse communities in physical education (PE). He is head of the Adapted Physical Activity Lab at South China Normal University, President of the Asian Society of Adapted Physical Education and Exercise (ASAPE), a member of the Expert Committee of China Disabled Sport, and on the editorial board of internationally leading journals in disability inclusive physical activity. We are honoured and delighted to host a researcher of such esteem.

Prof Li will be delivering a seminar and discussion of his disability inclusive work on Wednesday 6th December from 14:15 to 16:15 in EE1106. All colleagues are invited to attend. The session will be streamed online as well as recorded. Thereafter, Prof Li is eager to meet and network with colleagues across the university working in inclusive education. Colleagues across all schools and departments are invited to attend the seminar and/ or and connect with Prof Li over the 6th and 7th of December. Should you have any questions or queries about this event or Prof Li’s visit, please contact Emma Richardson on e.richardson@worc.ac.uk.

In Feb. 2023, we had two new fulltime, fully funded PhD students commencing their doctoral studies.

Helen Black – Accessing physical activity spaces by physically disabled women with multiple marginalised identities

George Mycock – Supporting men with muscle oriented issues

Both of these studentships are funded by the University of Worcester and supported by external organisations such as First Step ED and Sport England.

We have had 3 papers accepted in the following journals: Quest and National Identities, which are available on our ‘Published Research’ page. We also have work focusing on what it means to ‘age well’ among people with multiple sclerosis under review in Qualitative Health Research.

We are also undertaking an exciting research project with the Royal British Legion (RBL) exploring how being part of Team UK Invictus impacts recovery of injured and ill veterans. More information about this project can be found under the ‘Blog’ page.