Joanne McKeown

Tutor in Swimming and Physical Education

Joanne McKeown

I qualified as a teacher of Physical Education from Bedford in 1981 and have since had a career in both teaching and management. I have taught Physical Education in secondary schools and pupil referral units and then moved to further education where I taught Leisure and Tourism, Travel and Tourism and a number of management courses at foundation degree level in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire.

I have considerable experience of leisure and recreation facility management, and within this area held a number of diverse roles, ranging from developing and running to swim programmes to being a leisure centre licensee.

I have a life long passion for all aquatic activities currently involved in swimming teacher education on the BA (Hons) Physical Education courses. I deliver swimming CPD courses both within and outside the university.


  • MA Leisure Management - De Montfort University
  • DMS - Kingston University
  • BEd Physical Education and Geography - Bedford College of Higher Education

Teaching Expertise

  • Unit Coordination - BA (Hons) Physical Education (QTS) Applied Physical Literacy and Movement Replication in Gymnastics and Swimming
  • Teaching - BA (Hons) Applied Physical Literacy - Swimming. BA/BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education Swimming
  • Dissertation supervision
  • Teaching of synchronised swimming and swimmers with disabilities

Research Interests

  • Swimming teacher education
  • NVQ's in the leisure industry
  • MESH - the Mapping Educational Specialist Knowhow Initiative

External Roles

  • Governor Priory Lower School, Bedford
  • Coach and Secretary Bedford Synchronised Swimming Club
  • Beds County ASA Synchronised Swimming Secretary
  • ASA accredited educator


  • Educational ICT resources for Travel and Tourism, English, Geography and French

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1234 793201

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