Laura is a Lecturer in Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development and the Course Lead for the Physical Education, Sports and Youth Development (PESYD) programme.
Laura completed a BSc in Sports Science, before obtaining a PGCE in Physical Education at Brunel University. Whilst teaching full-time, Laura also completed a Masters in Education, with her dissertation focusing on the transition between primary and secondary physical education, and the impact of primary school provision on subsequent attainment at Key Stage 3.
Prior to joining St Mary’s University in July 2022, Laura was the Head of Physical Education at a British International School in Thailand. She has taught PE for thirteen years in a range of schools both in the UK and internationally, in mainstream and special education settings. Laura has a particular interest in inclusion, and alongside her teaching role is a member of the PhysEquity collective, a social change movement with a vision of equitable physical education.
Laura has a particular interest in inclusion, and as well as teaching across a range of teaching and learning modules, she convenes the Adapted PE modules at Level 5 and 6 and contributes to several modules that cover topics related to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Laura is currently pursuing a PhD at Loughborough University, titled: ‘Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) in International Education: An Examination of Teacher Experiences in Thailand’.
The research aims to explore the factors that influence the provision made for students requiring additional support in international education, including cultural perspectives, teachers' attitudes, and the management of education and business priorities.
- Lynch, S., Davies, L., McBean, L. & Ahmed, D. (2022) Complicity, Trauma, Love: An exploration of the experiences of LGBTQIA+ members from physical education spaces. Sport, Education and Society.
- Lynch, S., & Davies, L. (2022). The WonderBread Factory: re-reading transformative data through poetic eyes as early career researchers, a poetic representation. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 1-15.
Academic conference papers
- Davies, L., Coates, J., Damant, E. & Casey, A. (2021) Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) in International Education: An Examination of Teacher Experiences in Thailand. Paper presented at 2021 EERA ECER Emerging Researcher's Conference, 2nd-3rd September 2021