Richard Pepperell


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Physical Education, and Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

tel: 01905 542232

Richard qualified as a PE teacher in 2002 and has worked for significant periods in the secondary and further education sectors in England and Wales. Having performed in a range of roles including Head of Year and Head of Department, Richard has been the course leader for Physical Education and Sports Coaching courses at the University of Worcester since 2018.

Richard has a real passion for sports education and providing opportunities for people to be active and healthy throughout their lives. His research interests are in the 14-19 PE and sport curriculum and he is actively coaching rugby union in the community.


  • Masters in Education, University of Worcester (2020)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching Higher Education (PGCLTHE), University of Worcester (2019)
  • PGCE Secondary PE, University of Southampton (2002)
  • BSc Sport Science, Coventry University (2001)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Principles of Science in PE teaching and Sports Coaching

Teaching, learning and policy development in the 14-19 PE and sport curriculum

Practical PE delivery models

Exercise Physiology

Research Interests:

Richard is interested researching in the levels of preparedness PE teachers feel when delivering accredited PE and sports courses. He is also interested in using a Problem Based Learning approach to support student autonomy in learning.

Professional Bodies

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • University and Colleges Union
  • Association for Physical Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Pepperell, R. (2023) ‘I didn’t want to sound stupid’ Are new PE teachers sufficiently prepared to deliver accredited PE and Sport courses? Physical Education Matters, 18 (1). pp. 69-74. ISSN 1751-0988

Chadwick, G. and Pepperell, R. (2022) It Was Genuinely Quite Unpleasant: Male Transgender Experiences in Physical Education. In: 5th International Conference on Gender and Sexuality, 13th-14th October, Online.

Whitehouse, K., Barber, L. and Pepperell, R. (2020) Developing and maintaining an effective learning environment. In Capel, S. (Ed) Learning to Teach Physical Education, fifth edition.

Foster, R., Lasota, P. and Pepperell, R. (2018) Undergraduate PE Students' Journeys; Developing Knowledge, Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Special Educational Needs and Disability in PE. In: Disability Sport Conference 2018, 3rd - 5th September 2018, Coventry University.

External Responsibilities

Richard is the Director of Rugby at Stratford upon Avon RFC.

Richard is a standards verifier for Pearson on their suite of vocational courses and an external examiner with University of West Scotland and University of Brighton.