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Karen Rhys Jones

Lecturer, Education/Physical Education

Staff Profile

Karen Rhys Jones

Room: K28a


+44 (0) 1978 293329


Karen Rhys Jones is Subject Leader for Physical Education and delivers modules within Education and Sports and Exercise Science. Karen is also programme leader for the Graduate Diploma in Education.

She took up her position in Wrexham Glyndwr University in January 2004.

Her previous post as a Progress Manager at Ysgol Clywedog followed 10 years at Ysgol Bryn Offa where she was Head of Girls’ Physical Education and Head of Year. This followed her initial teaching years in Epping, Essex.

Being a Physical Education specialist she is more than aware of the standards of, and pressures surrounding Primary Physical Education.

Her M.Ed dissertation on ‘Why girls drop out of Physical Education?’ arose out of a genuine interest and concern.

Karen is a National Trainer for Sports Wales’ Physical Education and School Sports (PESS) project within Gymnastics, Dance, Mentoring and Generic Tutor Training. She is also a tutor for Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Play to Learn and Creative Movement. She acts as a consultant and delivers CPD training to both students and teachers and is involved in Activemarc Cymru.

She has had extensive extra-curricular involvement in netball, dance, cross country, athletics, tennis, rounders, aerobics and hockey.

Karen has led numerous ski courses and accompanied educational visits to China, Canada, Israel, Germany, Cyprus, France and Outdoor Education centres.

She was involved as a coach / team manager at county level in netball and athletics, and at North East Wales level for netball.

BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences and Physical Education (Edge Hill),

PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Cardiff) ,

Masters in Education (Bangor University).


BA (Hons) Counselling Skills and Psychology

BSc Sports and Exercise Science

Karen is currently studying for her Professional Doctorate. As Programme Leader of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Education) she has become increasingly involved in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers; work with Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)  led to a keen research interest in the ‘stories’ of their induction, small- scale investigative work has already been undertaken.

She is developing her research profile in this area by exploring the experiences of NQTs within a local context. This is a current and emerging topic as changes are being implemented to the requirements of induction in Wales.