Members

Dr Mike Hartill

Professor Mike Hartill

Centre Director
Faculty of Arts & Sciences:
Social Sciences

Mike is a Professor of Sociology of Sport in the Department of Social Sciences and director of CPSS. He has conducted research into child sexual exploitation in sport since joining Edge Hill, working on a number of national and international projects aimed at preventing abuse of children in sport.

Dr Melanie Lang

Dr Melanie Lang

Centre Assistant Director
Faculty of Arts & Sciences:
Social Sciences

Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in Child Protection in Sport in the Department of Social Sciences and is assistant director of CPSS. Her research work is focused on child maltreatment (emotional/psychological, physical and sexual abuse) in sport, safeguarding and child protection policy and politics, children’s rights and gender-based violence in sport.

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Nick Ashley

Loughborough College of Further & Higher Education

Nick is a part-time PhD Candidate at Edge Hill University and a Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at Loughborough College. Nick’s research, which is supervised by Dr Mike Hartill and Dr Melanie Lang, aims to map the field of safeguarding in sport.

Leon Fraser

Leon Fraser

Faculty of Education

One of Leon’s roles at Edge Hill University is the safeguarding lead for the Faculty of Education, supporting and guiding academic colleagues, students and external partners associated within Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt

Faculty of Arts & Sciences:
Sport & Physical Activity

Sarah is Programme Leader for Physical Education and School Sport in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. She is undertaking a PhD on safeguarding and adult-child touch practices in PE under the supervision of Dr Beccy Watson, Dr Hayley Fitzgerald (both Leeds Beckett University) and Dr Melanie Lang (EHU).

Dr Jimmy O'Gorman

Dr Jimmy O’Gorman

Faculty of Arts & Sciences:
Sport & Physical Activity

Jimmy O’Gorman is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Management and Coaching in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity where he teaches on the undergraduate Sports Development, Management and Coaching, and the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programmes.

Laura Purdy

Dr Laura Purdy

Faculty of Arts & Sciences:
Sport & Physical Activity

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Coach Education in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. Her academic work in this area has focused on power and interaction in the coaching process, coaches’ pedagogical actions and identity construction.

Paul Rimmer

Paul Rimmer

Faculty of Health

Paul is the Programme Leader for the social work element of the Integrated Masters in Nursing and Social Work. Paul currently leads a number of modules across Social Work programmes and has a special interest in Mental Health Social Work.

Dr Fi Johnson

Dr Fiona Johnson

Faculty of Arts and Sciences:
Social Sciences

Fiona Johnson is a Research Fellow working on multiple projects within the Centre for Child Protection & Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS). She has a background in social and health psychology and joined the EPH Social Sciences team in January 2021, having formerly carried out research into eating behaviour and cancer risk at University College London.

Professor Bettina Rulofs

Professor Bettina Rulofs

Associate Member
University of Wuppertal

Bettina is a Professor in the Sociology of Sport in the Department of Human and Social Sciences and associated member of the CPSS.