Dr Julia West


Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: j.west@worc.ac.uk

Julia West has a keen interest in sport and performance. She played football for a number of years in the Women's premiership as goalkeeper for different clubs and earned her England University caps against America, Scotland and Wales. As a keeper, Julia's perspective on football may be slightly different, if not interesting, and she is happy to discuss this with all comers. Julia read her BSc in Sport from Brunel University, where she also successfully achieved an MSc in Sports Coaching. Not surprisingly both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects were related to goalkeeping and performance.

Having completed her PhD in situational motivation, which arose from observations within her goalkeeper coaching, Julia has now turned her attention to all things goalkeeper related. Julia likes to include challenging concepts in her teaching approach which have proved fun and successful providing opportunities for great ideas and discussions!


  • PhD Testing the hierarchical model of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation at the situational level in a sport and exercise setting
  • Post Graduate Certificate for Teaching and Learning in HE
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Studies and Leisure Management
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA B licence coach
  • FA Level 2 GK coach

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Sport and Exercise Psychology, Performance Psychology and Coaching Psychology.

Research Interests:

Julia has undertaken research looking at problem-based learning, research into research ethics in sport and exercise science, psychology of pacing in cycle time trials and various motivation projects related to her PhD. Current research papers have focused on football goalkeepers and current research projects are investigating coaching, in particular female coaches and female volunteers.

PhD Project Ideas

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

FA licensed Coach Member


West, J. (2019) Research Ethics in Sport and Exercise Science. In: Iphofen, R. (eds) Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76040-7_48-1. Online ISBN 978-3-319-76040-7. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-319-76040-7_48-1.pdf

West, J. (2018) A review of the demands of a football goalkeeper. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching. 13 (6), 1215-1222.

West, J., Rhoden, C., Robinson, P., Castle, P.C. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2016) How motivated are you? Exploring the differences between motivational profiles and personality traits. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review. 12 (1), 28-42.

Blog post: Julia West, 2 Dec 2015 Coach's dilemma – one of them. Female coaching network. http://femalecoachingnetwork.com/coachs-dilemma-one-of-them/

Blog post: Julia West, 24 Nov 2015 The difference between coaching boys and girls … female coaching network.

Rhoden, C.L., West, J., Renfree, A., Corbett, M. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2015) Adaptive self-regulation in cycle time trials: Goal pursuit, goal disengagement and the affective experience. Journal of Science and Cycling. 4 (2), 49-57.

Rhoden, C.L., West, J., Renfree, A., Corbett, M. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2014) Micro-oscillations in positive and negative affect during competitive laboratory cycle time trials – a preliminary study. South African Journal of Sports Medicine. 26 (6), 20-25. DOI:10.7196/SAJSM.496 http://www.sajsm.org.za/index.php/sajsm/article/view/496 

Rhoden, C., West, J. and Peters, D.M. (2013) Male positive affect elucidates mixed-doubles badminton tournament rank. In: Peters, D.M. and O’Donoghue, P. (eds.) Performance Analysis of Sport IX. Abingdon, Routledge, pp. 162-167.

Renfree, A., West, J., Corbett, M., Rhoden, C. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2012) Complex interplay between determinants of pacing and performance during 20km cycle time trials. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 (2), 121-129. ISSN 1555-0265. (rated 3*) http://journals.humankinetics.com/ijspp-in-press/ijspp-in-press/complex-interplay-between-determinants-of-pacing-and-performance-during-20-km-cycle-time-trials

Rhoden, C. and West, J. (2010) Affect in sporting activities: A preliminary validation of the Worcester Affect Scale. Sport Science Review, 19 (5-6), 71-91. (Rated 1*)

West, J., Bill, K. and Martin, L. (2010) What constitutes research ethics in sport and exercise science? Research Ethics Review, 6 (4), 147-153. (rated 1*)

West, J., Rhoden, C., Corbett, M. and Renfree, A. (2010) Where’s my head at? Motivational differences in cycle time trial performance. Poster presentation. Bad Hofgastein, Austria. Journal of Arts and Science conference.

Renfree, A., West, J., Corbett, M. and Rhoden, C. (2009) Individualised RPE responses during a self-paced cycle time trial, Sports Science Review, 1 (1), 7-26. (Rated 1*- unpublished rating)

West, J., Rhoden, C. and Castle, P. (2009) Are you in the mood for motivation? Poster Presentation. Oslo, Norway. ECSS conference.

Castle, P.C., West, J., Faull, A. and Mycock, D. (eds.) (2009) Psychological Foundations of Sport and Exercise (3rd Edition). London, McGraw Hill.

Castle, P.C. and West, J. (eds.) (2008) Psychological Foundations of Sport and Exercise (2nd Edition). London: McGraw Hill.

Martin, L., West, J. and Bill, K. (2008) Incorporating Problem-Based Learning Strategies to Develop Learner Autonomy and Employability Skills in Sports Science Undergraduates. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 7 (1), 18-30. (Rated 1*- unpublished rating)

Castle, P.C, Rhoden, C., West, J., Incledon, V. and Mycock, D. (eds.) (2007). Foundations of Sport (Psycho-Social). London: McGraw-Hill.

West, J. and Castle, P.C. (2007). ‘How do you do it?’ Investigating the Sports Motivation Personality Type. Poster Presentation. Jyvaskyla, Finland: ECSS conference.

West, J., Castle, P.C., Rhoden, C., Boot-Handford, N. and Cooprider, J. (2007). ‘Conquering the Charity Stripe’: Integrating technological advances and imagery with the Basketball free throw. Poster Presentation. Jyvaskyla, Finland: ECSS conference.

West, J. and Bill, K. (2005). Careers Strategy for Sports and Exercise Undergraduate Students. Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network. Case 102. http://www.hlst.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/cases/case102.html

Additional Roles

Coaching, Pedagogy and Performance Research Interest Group (RIG) Lead.

Worcester Goal Keeper Academy head coach.