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Professor Craig Mahoney is an internationally recognised sport psychologist.  Prior to joining UWS as Principal and Vice-Chancellor, he was Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy and has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University and Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure at Wolverhampton University.  He is also a former semi-professional squash player and has coached and managed squash teams in Australia, Sweden and Ireland, as well as being a qualified squash referee. 

Professor Mahoney has published widely in the areas of children’s fitness, health, sport, exercise, performance and education. He has strong views on, and a real passion for, differentiated, student-centred learning, teaching excellence, internationalisation and research-informed teaching.  As a practicing academic, Craig still publishes, is involved in teaching and acts as an External Examiner in his area of professional expertise.

Craig’s experience and willingness to give something back, has been harnessed in a range of sectors – Universities Scotland, SportScotland, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Board, the Quality Assurance Agency Board, Glasgow City of Science Board and the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland.  

As the helm of UWS since August 2013, Professor Mahoney has firmly focused UWS on the student experience, academic quality and global engagement.  Craig has developed a compelling Corporate Strategy, which has enabled UWS to reap the benefits of the changes he has made to the University and continues to strive towards securing UWS’ place as a first choice university for high quality students from the UK and overseas.

Previous Posts Held

Chief Executive, Higher Education Academy (2010 – 2013)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University (2007 – 2010)

Dean of School, Wolverhampton University (1999 – 2007)

Head of Sport Studies, Roehampton Institute, London (1997 – 1999)

Senior Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University (1995 – 1996)

Lecturer, The Queen’s University of Belfast (1992 – 1995)

Research Associate, The Queen’s University of Belfast, (1988 – 1992)

Teacher of Maths, Science and Computing in Tasmania, Australia (1980 – 1986)


Outstanding Service to Higher Education Award: International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, USA

Honorary Doctor of Arts:  University of Abertay Dundee, UK

Distinguished Scholar, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria

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Research Output 2015 2016

Elite athlete receptivity to sport psychology consulting in Ireland

Woods, D., Meade, M. M., Mahoney, C. & Breslin, G., 24 Aug 2016, In : The Irish Journal of Psychology. 36, 1-4, p. 66-82 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sports Psychology
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14 Citations (Scopus)

Relationships between cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness with cardiometabolic risk in adolescents

Buchan, D. S., Boddy, L. M., Young, J. D., Cooper, S-M., Noakes, T. D., Mahoney, C., Shields, J. P. H. & Baker, J. S., 3 Jul 2015, In : Research in Sports Medicine. 23, 3, p. 227-239 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Utility of the hypertriglyceridemic waist phenotype in the cardiometabolic risk assessment of youth stratified by body mass index

Buchan, D. S., Boddy, L. M., Despres, J-P., Grace, F. M., Sculthorpe, N., Mahoney, C. & Baker, J. S., 7 Aug 2015, In : Pediatric obesity. 11, 4, p. 292-298 7 p.

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Press / Media


Dr Nina Baker , Evi Viza, Katarzyna Kosmala & Craig Mahoney


5 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities