Alexandra Baird

Lecturer in Sport and Physical Education

Alex Baird

Prior to taking up the position of Lecturer in Sport and Physical Education at the University of Bedfordshire I worked in a wide variety of schools over twelve years, latterly as Director of Sport.

I have always been a keen sportswoman but currently enjoy training and competing in running/duathlons.

I have qualified for championship places in the London marathon, an elite place in Bristol 10K/Great North Run and was recently selected for the V35 England Half Marathon team.

I still coach the juniors at my athletics club as well as being a governor at a local primary school. I am also studying on an EdD course.

Research interests

  • Pedagogy
  • Physical Education (Primary and Secondary)
  • Social Justice issues in Sport/School

I am currently researching gender and sexuality themes within and beyond Relationship, Health and Sex Education in Primaries.


  • BSc Sport Science and Physical Education, Secondary PGCE in Physical Education,
  • MSc PE & Sport Pedagogy
  • BSc Mathematics and Learning
  • HEA Fellowship

Membership of professional bodies

  • BERA

Internal/ external roles

  • School Liaison Officer for SSPA,
  • Teaching & Learning Representative,
  • Secretary for LGBTQ+ Alliance University of Bedfordshire Staff Group
  • Co-opted governor of a Primary School
  • Marking Primary/GCSE/BTEC/A Level PE & Mathematics papers

Teaching expertise

  • BA/BSc/MA Pedagogy Units


  • Baird, A. (2019). ‘Redefining an Identity When Transitioning from Secondary School Teacher to University Lecturer’. Research Intelligence (BERA), 141 winter, page 33.
  • Baird, A. (2019). ‘Reflections on and Strategies to Create Gender Parity in Physical Education Lessons’. In J. L. Walton-Fisette, S. Sutherland and J. Hill (Eds.) Teaching about Social Justice Issues in Physical Education, USA: Information Age Publishing.

Conference Presentations

  • Baird, A. (September, 2019). Understanding female newcomers in non-senior roles in a Post-1992 University. Presented at Institute of Sport Physical Activity Research annual conference, Bedfordshire.
  • Hill, J., Wesley, K., Baird, A. and Stewart, A. (September, 2019). Student Journeys: a collaborative project on academic identity with community and first generation higher education students. Paper presented at British Academy Research Association annual conference, Manchester.

Contact Details

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Postal address:
Polhill Avenue
MK41 9EA


School of Sport Science and Physical Activity
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