Professor Scott Fleming

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs)

Scott Fleming has responsibility for the development and implementation of the academic aspects of the Strategic Plan, chairing relevant committees, line-management of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), Dean of Faculty, and the Research, Knowledge Exchange and External Engagement leadership team.

Scott is a Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies and has a long-standing interest in ‘race relations’ and youth studies which form part of a wider portfolio of research linked to equality and diversity. His work embraces the social sciences and humanities, and some recent projects have been concerned with organisational cultures and aspects of sport development linked to public health. Throughout his career, he has maintained an interest in research methods and research ethics.

A former Chair of the Leisure Studies Association (2004-2009), Scott was a Managing Editor of Leisure Studies (2010-2016) and is a member of the Editorial Board of The Sport Psychologist. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Higher Education Academy.

Scott is also a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel and of the Athena Swan Governance Committee


Related Courses

Neil, R., Wilson, K., Hanton, S. & Fleming, S. (2013) eds. The Research Process in Sport, Exercise and Health: Case Studies of Active Researchers. Routledge, London.

Fleming, S. with Andrews, H., Hackett, P., Meadows, M. & Selby, M. (2009) eds. Leisure and tourism: International perspectives on cultural practice. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Fleming, S. & Jordan, F. (2006) eds. Ethical issues in leisure research. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Fleming, S. & Jones, I. (2003) eds. New leisure environments: Media, technology and sport. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Horne, J. & Fleming, S. (2000) eds. Masculinities: Leisure identities, cultures and consumption. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Tomlinson, A. & Fleming, S. (1997) eds. Ethics, sport and leisure: Crises and critiques. Meyer & Meyer, Aachen.

Fleming, S., Talbot, M. & Tomlinson, A. (1995) eds. Policy and politics in sport, physical education and leisure. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Fleming, S. (1995) “Home and away”: Sport and South Asian male youth. Avebury, Aldershot.

Bull, S.J., Fleming, S. & Doust, J. (1992) Play better cricket – Using sports science to improve your game. Sports Dynamics, Eastbourne.

Neil, R., Wilson, K., Hanton, S. & Fleming, S. (2013) eds. The Research Process in Sport, Exercise and Health: Case Studies of Active Researchers. Routledge, London.

Fleming, S. with Andrews, H., Hackett, P., Meadows, M. & Selby, M. (2009) eds. Leisure and tourism: International perspectives on cultural practice. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Fleming, S. & Jordan, F. (2006) eds. Ethical issues in leisure research. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Fleming, S. & Jones, I. (2003) eds. New leisure environments: Media, technology and sport. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Horne, J. & Fleming, S. (2000) eds. Masculinities: Leisure identities, cultures and consumption. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Tomlinson, A. & Fleming, S. (1997) eds. Ethics, sport and leisure: Crises and critiques. Meyer & Meyer, Aachen.

Fleming, S., Talbot, M. & Tomlinson, A. (1995) eds. Policy and politics in sport, physical education and leisure. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Fleming, S. (1995) “Home and away”: Sport and South Asian male youth. Avebury, Aldershot.

Bull, S.J., Fleming, S. & Doust, J. (1992) Play better cricket – Using sports science to improve your game. Sports Dynamics, Eastbourne.

Journal articles

Jones, G., Fleming, S. & Laugharne, J. (2020) The Challenge of Enterprise / Innovation: A Case Study of a Modern University. Journal of Further and Higher Education 44 (1): 126-142. DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2018.1517865 link

Gucciardi, D., Hanton, S. & Fleming, S. (2017) Are Mental Toughness and Mental Health Contradictory Concepts in Elite Sport? A Narrative Review of Theory and Evidence. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 20 (3): 307-311. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.08.006 link

Hodgkin, K., Fleming, S., Beauchamp, G. & Bryant, A. (2016) “We thought you were undercover, here to inspect us” – Some of the challenges of ethnographic fieldwork in schools. Wales Journal of Education 18 (2): 105-109. DOI: 10.16922/wje.18.2.8 link

Lord, R., Bolton, N., Fleming, S. & Anderson, M. (2016 ) Researching a segmented market: Reflections on telephone interviewing. Management Research Review 39 (7): 786-802. DOI: 10.1108/MRR-01-2015-0020 link

Bowles, H., Neil, R., Hanton, S. & Fleming, S. (2016) The experience of competition stress and emotions in cricket. The Sport Psychologist 30: 76-88. DOI: 1123/tsp.2014-0077 link

Bryant, A., Bolton, N. & Fleming, S. (2015) Extracurricular sport and physical activity in Welsh secondary schools: Leisure lifestyles and young people. Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management 2 (2): 1-17. DOI: 10.15640/jpesm.v2n2a4 link

Wheatley, L., Lord, R., McInch, A. & Fleming, S. (2015) Feeding back to feed forward: Formative assessment as a platform for more effective learning. Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice 3 (2): article 2. link

Bryant, A., Bolton, N. & Fleming, S. (2015) ‘This is awesome Miss. It is safe. We don’t do this with any other teacher.’ Classroom activities to listen to pupils’ voices. Educational futures 7 (1): 56-75. link

Hughes, H. & Fleming, S. (2015) Play to Learn: A case-study of parent/carer and child engagement with a physical activity website resource. Education 3-13 43 (3): 279-291. DOI: 1080/03004279.2013.813954 link

Forbes, A., Edwards, L. & Fleming, S. (2015) ‘Women can’t referee’: Exploring the experiences of female football officials within UK football culture. Soccer and Society 16 (4): 521-539. DOI: 1080/14660970.2014.882829 link

Anderson, M., Bolton, N., Davies, G. & Fleming, S. (2014) Local implementation of national policy – A case-study critique of the Free Swimming Initiative for the 60+ population. Managing Leisure 19 (2): 151-165. DOI: 1080/13606719.2013.859456 link

Graham, L., & Fleming, S. (2014) Developing a Coaching Philosophy: Exploring the Experiences of Novice Sport Coaching Students. Journal of Athlete Centered Coaching 1 (2):27-49. link

Barnett, J., Cropley, B., Hanton, S. & Fleming, S. (2013) Taking the plunge: Reflections on the decision to register for and supervise a doctorate. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education 13: 123-131. DOI: 1016/j.jhlste.2013.08.001 link

Graham, L., McKenna, M. & Fleming, S. (2013) “What d’you know, you’re a girl!” Gendered experiences of sport coach education. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education 13: 70-77. DOI: 1016/j.jhlste.2013.05.002 link

Hodgkin, K., Fleming, S., Beauchamp, G. & Bryant, A. (2013) Perception to Reality: Pupils’ Expectations and Experiences of the primary-secondary school transition. Educational futures 6 (1): 28-40. link

Peel, J., Cropley, B., Hanton, S. & Fleming, S. (2013) Learning through reflection: Values, conflicts, and role interactions of a youth sport coach. Reflective Practice 14 (6):729-742. DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2013.185609 link

Fleming, S. (2013) Social research in sport (and beyond) – Notes on exceptions to informed consent. Research Ethics 9 (1): 32-43. DOI: 1177/1747016112472872 link

Cunningham, I., Mellick, M., Mascarenhas, D. & Fleming, S. (2012) Decision making and decision communications in elite rugby union referees: An inductive investigation. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review 8 (2): 19-30. link

Hill, D.M., Hanton, S., Matthews, N. & Fleming, S. (2011) Alleviation of choking under pressure in elite golf: An action research study. The Sport Psychologist 25 (4): 465-488. DOI: 10.1123/tsp.25.4.465 link

Hill, D.M., Hanton, S., Matthews, N. & Fleming, S. (2010) A qualitative exploration of choking in elite golf. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology 4 (3): 221-240. DOI: 1123/jcsp.4.3.221 link

Mellick, M. & Fleming, S. (2010) Personal narrative and the ethics of disclosure: A case study from elite sport. Qualitative Research 10 (3): 299-314. DOI: 1177/1468794110362873 link

Hill, D.M., Hanton, S., Matthews, N. & Fleming, S. (2010) Choking under pressure: A review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology 3: 24-39. DOI: 1080/17509840903301199 link

Jones, C. & Fleming, S. (2010) The ‘Enforcer’ in Elite Level Sport: A Conceptual Critique. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 4 (3): 296-307. DOI: 1080/17511320903264214 link

Hill, D.M., Hanton, S., Fleming, S. & Matthews, N. (2009) A re-examination of choking in sport. European Journal of Sport Science 9 (4): 203-212. DOI: 1080/17461390902818278. link

Bolton, N., Fleming, S. & Elias, B. (2008) The experience of community sport development: A case study of Blaenau Gwent. Managing Leisure 13 (2): 92-103. DOI: 1080/13606710601071579 link

Jordan, F. & Fleming, S. (2008) Nuts, Zoo and the mediation of a youthful masculinity. Leisure/Loisir: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies 32 (2): 331-351. DOI: 10.1080/14927713.2008.9651413 link

Fleming, S. (2008) Towards a theoretical understanding of violence in ice hockey. International Journal on Violence and Schools 6 (May): 118-128. link

Jones, C.R. & Fleming, S. (2007) “I’d rather wear a turban than a rose”: A case study of the ethics of chanting. Race, Ethnicity and Education 10 (4): 401-414. DOI: 10.1080/13613320701658449 link

Mellick, M., Fleming, S. & Davies, G. (2007) An interpretive analysis of interpersonal communication: a case study from elite rugby union match officiating. International Journal of Performance Analysis 7 (2): 92-105. link

Bolton, N. & Fleming, S. (2007) Modernising local Government: The impact of new political arrangements on Chief Officers for leisure and recreation in Wales. Local Government Studies 33 (5): 723-742. DOI: 10.1080/03003930701627415/ link

Bolton, N., Fleming, S. & Galdes, M. (2007) Physical activity programmes for secondary schools in Wales: Implications from a pilot scheme. Managing Leisure 12 (1): 74-88. DOI: 1080/13606710601071579 link

McNamee, M. & Fleming, S. (2007) Ethics audits and corporate governance: The case of public sector sports organizations. Journal of Business Ethics 73 (4): 425-437. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9216-0 link

Mellick, M.C., Bull, P.E., Laugharne, E.J. & Fleming, S. (2005) Identifying best practice for referee decision communication in Association and Rugby Union Football: A microanalytic approach. Football Studies 8 (1), 42-57. link

Fleming, S., Hardman, A., Jones, C. & Sheridan, H. (2005) ‘Role models’ amongst elite young male rugby league players in Britain. European Physical Education Review 11(1), 51-70. DOI: 1177/1356336X05049824 link

Fleming, S. & McNamee, M. (2005) The ethics of corporate governance in public sector organizations: Theory and method. Public Management Review 7 (1), 135-144. DOI: 1080/1471903042000339455 link

Fleming, S., Jones, D., McNamee, M., Pill, A. & Shire, J. (2004) Continuing professional development: Suggestions for effective practice. Journal of Further and Higher Education 28 (2), 165-177. DOI: 10.1080/0309877042000206732 link

Morgan, L. & Fleming, S. (2003) The development of coaching in Welsh rugby (union). Football Studies 6 (2), 39-51. link

Evans, L., Fleming, S. & Hardy, L. (2000) Situating action research: A response to Gilbourne. The Sport Psychologist 14 (3), 296-303. DOI: 1123/tsp.14.3.296 link

Evans, L., Hardy, L. & Fleming, S. (2000) Intervention strategies with injured athletes: An action research study. The Sport Psychologist 14 (2), 188-206. DOI: 1123/tsp.14.2.188 link

Burley, M. & Fleming, S. (1997) Racism and regionalism in Welsh soccer. European Physical Education Review 3 (2), 183-194. link

Toms, M. & Fleming, S. (1995) “Why play cricket ... ?”: A preliminary analysis of participation by young males. The Sports Historian 15, 89-106. link

Fleming, S. (1994) Sport and South Asian youth: The perils of “false universalism” and stereotyping. Leisure Studies 13 (3), 1-20. link

Fleming, S. (2016). Youth sport, ‘race’ and ethnicity. In K. Green & A. Smith (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport. Routledge, London, pp. 287-296.

Fleming, S. (2013) 'Home and Away' Revisited – Warts and All, in A. Smith, K. Green & I. Waddington (eds.) Doing Real World Research in Sports Studies. Routledge, London pp. 216-248.

Matthews, N., Fleming, S. & Jones, R.L. (2013) Sociology for coaches, in Jones, R.L. & Kingston, K. (eds.) An introduction to sports coaching. 2nd edition. Routledge, London, pp. 69-81.

Fleming, S. (2012) Researching sport and leisure – Exceptions to informed consent revisited, in Spracklen, K. & Adams, A. (eds.) Sport and leisure ethics, rights and social relationships. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp. 1-13.

McInch, A., Leyshon, A. & Fleming, S. (2012) Whatever happened to everyone training hard, playing hard and whoever was the best won fair and square? (Sociological voices on the use of banned substances), in F. Grace & J.S. Baker & (ed.) Perspectives on Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and Doping in Sport and Health. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY., pp. 117-132.

Smith, P. & Fleming, S. (2011) Paralympic Legacy in Physical Activity and Health: A UK Perspective, in Legg, D. & Gilbert, K. (eds.) The Paralympic Legacies. Common Ground Publishers: Champaign, Illinois, pp. 199-211.

Stewart, C., Lord, R., Wiltshire, G. & Fleming, S. (2010) Ease of movement and freedom of corporeal expression? Femininity, the body and leotards in trampoline gymnastics, in Chatziefstathiou, D. & Mansfield, L. (eds.) Leisure Identities and Authenticity. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp.63-76.

Fleming, S., Evans, L. & Melen, J. (2010) The ‘sociological imagination’, injury and success: A case study from elite sport, in Pelcová, N. and Hogenová, A. (eds.) Imaginace vevýchovĕ, umĕní a sportu (Filosofická reflexe). Knihovnicka, Prague, pp. 296-309.

Allen, S. & Fleming, S. (2009) Public baths and wash-houses in Cardiff: A case study of public health in 1900, in Snape, R. & Pussard, H. (eds.) Recording leisure lives: Histories, archives and memories of leisure in 20th century Britain. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp. 143-162.

Fleming, S. (2007) Multiculturalism and tokenism: conceptual notes and empirical observations, in Pelcová, N. (ed.) Multikulturní výchova [Multiculturalism, education and schooling], Univezita Karlova v Praze, Prague, pp. 280-285.

Fleming, S. (2006) An emerging typology of violence in sport: A case study from (ice) hockey, in Hogenová, A. & Pelcová, N. (eds.) Násilíve výchovĕ umĕní a sportu [Violence in Education, Sport and Art], Univezita Karlova v Praze, Prague, pp. 26-34.

Fleming, S. (2006) Local politics and serious leisure: A case study from 1975, in Elkington, S., Lawrence, L & Jones, I. (eds.) Serious and casual leisure - Extensions and applications. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp. 87-107.

McNamee, M. & Fleming, S. (2005) The ethics of corporate governance in sport: Theory, method, and operationalisation, in Kluka, D., Stier, W. & Schilling, G. (eds.) Aspects of sports governance, Meyer & Meyer (UK), Oxford, pp.153-168.

Allen Collinson, J., Fleming, S., Hockey, J. & Pitchford, A. (2005) Evaluating sports-based inclusion projects: Methodological imperatives to empower marginalised young people, in Hylton, K., Long, J. & Flintoff, A. (eds.) Evaluating sport and active leisure for young people. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp.45-59.

Jordan, F. & Fleming, S. (2005) Making sense of ‘Nuts’ and ‘Zoo’: The construction and projection of particular masculinities, in Bramham, P. & Caudwell, J. (eds.) Sport and active leisure: Youth cultures. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp.133-150.

Fleming, S. (2005) Racialised media discourses: The case of big(ot) Ron, in Hogenová, A. & Moskalová, J. (eds.) Pohyb ve výchovĕ, umĕní a sportu [Movement in education, sport and art], Univezita Karlova v Praze, Prague, pp.17-30.

Fleming, S. & Jones, I. (2002) Introduction, in Jones, I. and Fleming, S. (eds.) New leisure environments: Media, technology and sport. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp. v-ix.

Fleming, S. & Williams, A. (2002) ‘Fair play’ in elite women’s hockey: A case study, in Jones, I and Fleming, S (eds.) New leisure environments: Media, technology and sport. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp.91-104.

Ackerman, R., Fleming, S. & McNamee, M. (2001) “Money can’t drag you through another six tackles”: Amateurism, professionalism and rugby, in McFee, G. and Keech M. (eds.) Values and issues in sport and leisure cultures, Meyer and Meyer, Aachen, pp.101-122.

Fleming, S. (2001) ‘Racial’ science and black and South Asian physicality, in Carrington, B. & McDonald, I. (eds.) Race, sport and British society, Routledge, London, pp.105-120.

Taylor, S. & Fleming, S. (2000) Women’s rugby and subcultural identity: A case study, in Scraton, S and Watson, B. (eds.) Sport, leisure identities and gendered spaces. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp.137-149.

Fleming, S. (1997) Qualitative research of young people and sport: The ethics of role-conflict, in Tomlinson, A. & Fleming, S. (eds.) Ethics, sport and leisure: Crises and critiques. Meyer & Meyer, Aachen, pp.137-150.

Fleming, S. (1997) Ethnicity and the physical education curriculum: Towards an anti-racist approach, in McFee, G. & Tomlinson, A. (eds.) Education, sport and leisure - Cultural and curricular aspects: Connections and controversies. Meyer & Meyer, Aachen, pp.109-123.

Fleming, S. & Tomlinson, A. (1996) Football, racism and xenophobia in England (I): Europe and the old England, in Merkel, U. & Tokarski, W. (eds.) Racism and xenophobia in European football. Meyer & Meyer Verlag, Aachen, pp.79-100.

Fleming, S. & Khan, N.M. (1994), Islam and sport: Observations on experiences of Pakistanis in Pakistan and Bangladeshis in Bangladesh, in Duffy, P. & Dugdale, L. (eds.) Looking ahead to the 21st century, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois, pp.119-128.

Fleming, S. (1991) Sport, schooling and Asian male youth culture, in Jarvie, G. (ed.) Sport, racism and ethnicity. Falmer Press, London, pp.30-57.

Fleming, S. (1991) The role of sport in South Asian cultures, in Standeven, J., Hardman, K. & Fisher, D. (eds.) Sport for all – Into the 90s. Verlag & Meyer Verlag, Aachen, pp.230-242.

Fleming, S. (1989) Asian lifestyles and sports participation, in Tomlinson, A. (ed.) Youth cultures and the domain of leisure. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp.82-98.

Fleming, S. (2018) Quality, Standards, and Building Capacity for Postgraduate Research Degrees. South Manila Educational Consortium 3rd International Research Congress.

Govers, O. & Fleming, S. (2017) Supporting researchers with funding applications. AHRC Next Generation Design Research Workshop. Cardiff.

Fleming, S. (2017) Internationalisation and corporate strategic planning: Collaborative research. Achieving impact and investment in collaborative research. British Council and Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. Islamabad.

Jones, C & Fleming, S. (2016) Philosophy and sport. Enquire Within – Community Philosophy Conference. Cardiff.

Fleming, S. (2015) A Dead Poet’s view of mucus, haemoglobin and my penknife. Faculty Research Symposium, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire.

Fleming, S. (2015) It’s all academic: Career Options. British Education Studies Association pre-conference Early Career Researcher symposium. Cardiff.

2013 Developing a pilot to test the feasibility and effects of mandatory referee qualifications and licensing for the Rugby Football Union – Rugby Football Union [with A. Miles, M. Anderson & R. Lord]

2010-2014 Professional Ethics for Sport and Exercise Scientists – BASES Supervised Experience Core Workshops [with C. Jones]

2010 Understanding the Sports Council for Wales’ Market Segments. Sports Council for Wales [with N. Bolton, A. Miles & M. Anderson]

2010 Continuous professional development for referee advisors and referee coaches – Welsh Rugby Union [with M. Mellick & B. Smith]

2008-2009 Do Activity, Stay Healthy Evaluation. Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership [with A. Miles, M. Anderson, N. Bolton & S-M. Cooper]

2007-2008 A review of the Welsh Rugby Union’s Premiership. WRU [with L. Evans]

2018-date PhD Is dreaming related to sleep-dependent memory consolidation? (A. Bloxham, BGU)

2011-2018 PhD Only Schools and Courses: An Ethnographic Study of Working Class Schooling in South Wales (A. McInch, Cardiff Met).

2011-2016 SportD Management and Analysis in Tier Two International Rugby Union. (H. Wiltshire, Cardiff Met)

2011-2015 EdD Enterprise: The Third Mission for academics in higher education in UWIC between 2009-12 (G. Jones, Cardiff Met)

2010-2014 PhD Schooling, Physical Education and the Primary-Secondary Transition – An Ethnographic Approach (K. Hodgkin, Cardiff Met).

2010-2014 PhD “Days in the Dirt”: An Ethnography on Cricket and Self (H. Bowles, Cardiff Met)

2011-2016 PhD The body, narrative, and identity construction in trampoline gymnastics (R. Lord, Cardiff Met)

2010-2015 PhD Efficient And Effective Management In Higher Education: An Insider, Action Research Perspective (J. Barnett, Cardiff Met)

2009-2018 PhD Construction and Implementation of Coaching Philosophies – the role of the “hegemonic triumvirate” (L. Graham, University of the West of Scotland)

2009-2012 PhD Cardiovascular disease risk factors in young Welsh people and the effects of a cross-curricular physical activity intervention (G. Knox, Cardiff Met)

2007-2014 PhD Identifying effective coach / athlete (referee) interactions with specific reference to the development of rugby union referees (P. Renton, Cardiff Met)

2007-2011 PhD Towards a normative account of national representation in sport (H. Iorwerth, Cardiff Met)

2007-2011 PhD Young people’s participation in extra-curricular sport and physical activity: An analysis of Wales’s ‘5×60’ project (A. Leyshon, Cardiff Met)

2005-2010 PhD Choking in sport: The case of elite golfers. (D. Hill, University of Gloucestershire)

2005-2007 PhD A soft gynocentric feminist critique of the modern-day practice of sport (L. Edwards, Cardiff Met)

2003-2006 MRes Achievement Goal Orientations and the Perceived Purpose of Playing Football: a Comparative Study of Professional, Semi-Professional and Amateur Players. (P. Blenkinsopp, University of Gloucestershire)

2001-2003 MRes The Effect of Starting Protocol on Peak Power Output during Friction-Loaded Cycle Ergometry (R. Wright, University of Gloucestershire)

1999-2006 PhD Do Referees Play Fair? An investigation into interpersonal expectancy effects and interactional justice in elite rugby union football refereeing. (M. Mellick, Cardiff Met)

1999-2006 PhD Leisure and National Identity in the South Wales Coal Field, 1830-1914. (I. Pritchard, Cardiff Met)

1993-1996 MPhil The Physical Education Curriculum in Higher Education: A Study of the Gender (S. Wood, University of Brighton)

1993-1996 MPhil The Sociological and Educational Influences Upon Young Males’ Involvement in Cricket (M. Toms, University of Brighton)