About This Site

About The Website

Since June 2010, this website has served as a resource tool for my teaching where I store links to papers and articles of interest for my own reference and for the use of my students. While there is content aimed specifically at undergraduates, many of the articles and pages may well be of interest to emerging professionals and advanced health and fitness professionals.
There is a variety of content on the pages and for some topics there may be an overview whereas other topics simply have links to external websites and journals. It should be noted that whilst many of the links are to academic journals, there are very few posted on this site and most have been found and accessed for free via the internet. 

About Me

I'm a senior lecturer at  Plymouth Marjon University (formerly University of St Mark & St John) and I teach on a range of degrees including the BSc (Hons) Health, Exercise and Physical Activity. I teach a range of subjects but my main areas of expertise are around the use of exercise for the secondary management of a range of chronic health conditions. 

In developing my skills and knowledge in the area of intervention design, I've recently attended courses on Pragmatic Evaluation and Intervention Mapping and conducted research on corporate sponsorship of physical activity schemes.  

I teach in areas such as health behaviour change, exercise leadership, clinical exercise, public health and strength and conditioning. In addition to teaching and researching, I'm fortunate enough to be able to maintain my professional practice and I work alongside colleagues delivering exercise programmes for people with cancer, chronic back pain, diabetes and a range of other conditions.

Prior to joining Marjon in 2009 I worked for Plymouth YMCA and had responsibility for overseeing the Fitness Industry Qualifications that the YMCA is well known for. I completed an MSc at Exeter University, a PGCE at Plymouth University and a have a range of fitness qualifications including REPs L4 qualifications.
I've been a qualified, practising fitness instructor since 1992 and in addition to working in formal education since 2000 have spent time in gym management, occupational health, exercise referral schemes, elite youth sports conditioning, teaching exercise to music, personal training, indoor cycling, circuits and the teaching and assessment of industry qualifications. 

More of my work can be viewed at the following websites:

ActiveChoices - Our exercise referral work

marjonhealth - Our department blog

I can be contacted at bjane@marjon.ac.uk and on twitter @BenJaneFitness.