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Bangor’s Sports Psychology expertise in demand in Malaysia

Prof. Nicky Callow from Bangor’s School of Sports Science has been invited to the University of Malaya (UM) in Kuala Lumpur as part of their prestigious visiting professorship scheme where renowned academics from around the world present workshops and seminars at the university.  UM is the highest ranked university in Malaysia and in the QS world rankings it appears in the top 150 (29th in Asia).

Prof. Callow visit starts on 29th February and is hosted by UM’s Sports Centre which was the first in Malaysia to offer a Bachelor degree in Sports Science and is at the forefront of the academic study of sport in the country. During her visiting Professorship Nicky will be working with both faculty and postgraduate students on topics in sport psychology as well assisting with research methodology such as questionnaire design and lecturing on imagery to a class of Psychology Undergraduates. Part of the week will also be spent analysing data collected from a PhD project that she co-supervises with Dr Rizal Mohd.Razman from UM.

Perhaps the highlight of the week will be an interactive workshop “Imagination is more important than knowledge” aimed at sport psychologists, coaches, athletes, and sport science students that will discuss recent research findings related to the use of imagery (mental rehearsal) with practical examples of imagery delivery for practitioners. Topics will include: types of imagery use by athletes, modalities of imagery, imagery ability, writing imagery scripts, and structuring imagery interventions for maximum effectiveness and Prof. Callow will be drawing on over 20 years of applied and research experience at an international level.

Prof Callow said “The standard of research at UM is excellent and I am honoured at the invite to play a small part in helping their research and teaching activity continue its progression, Also, I look forward to having the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the two Universities, whether through joint research activity or student and staff exchanges.”

Publication date: 12 February 2016