Mrs Catherine McCluskey

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  • Qualifications:BSc(hons); MA
  • Position:Competition Pathway Manager
  • Department:Facilities - Centre for Sport
  • Telephone:+4411732 86246

About me

As a relationship, recruitment and people manager I lead the development of competitive sport at UWE Bristol Sport to support the Head of Sport achive the strategic aims of the University with my team. Providing high quality facilities, sustainable partnerships for growth and need, professional coaches for maximising sport and athlete development as well as supporting engagement opportunities through academic courses, delivering training to increase opportunities, manage club development via an executive framework, develop leaders of the future to optimise student engagement and strive for performance.

I have an invested interest in Health from initiating the 'Feel Good' campaign in 2007, physical activity continues to play an integral part of the programme to enhance UWE communities well-being.

Outside of UWE Bristol Sport, I am an Elected Board Director and Chair of Badminton Wales National Governing Body and am the first female in Wales to be the lead Tutor/Assessor for Badminton World Federation.



Area of expertise

Strategy: As a senior member of UWE Bristol Sport I work with key partners to shape and present recommendations for the strategic direction of sport to the Senior Leadership Team. From research, data gathering, insight, planning, mapping, implementing key objectives and identifying priorities across the business to align to the University Strategy 2030 whilst embedding our core values of ambition, inclusion,innovation, collaboration and enterprise.
Leadership / Management: As part of the senior management team I lead with passion to recruit, develop and maintain a strong dynamic team to deliver in a fast moving sector. I provide direction, review performance and support development empowering both professional staff and our volunteer workforce. I contribute to risk management, evaluation, audits, policy, process and procedures in operational management.
Partnership: I work with internal and external partners to connect, build and maintain strong relationships aligning strategic direction. Establishing opportunities commercially, academically and for the benfit of Sport at UWE Bristol Sport.
Business Development: Working with key partners to develop business relations, widening participation, training provision and growth to sport. I support the governance framework for sports working closely with the Students Union at UWE. I support the Head of Sport in facility growth, insight, planning, and partnership engagement with key stakeholders, Trustees,NGBs and community sports clubs to secure investment. Community outreach linking with local businesses,schools, colleges and clubs.
Workforce / Recruitment: Link with internal and external providers to develop our skills based population both professional and voluntary through training, mentoring and leadership.
Health / Wellbeing: As an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion I support the wider Universitynetwork around Health, Wellbeing and EDI. I contribute to the executive board on varying topics to help raiseawareness and support the Mental Wealth agenda connecting with Student Minds.
Teaching & Learning: Prepare, organise and deliver a diverse CPD programme for professional andvolunteer coaches. Working with multiple partners such as the Student Volunteering team, EDI Team, Facultyof Business and Law, academic programmes, Bristol Sport and NGBs to improve core leadership competencies, awareness, resilience, and student employability skills. Provide mentoring for the EnterpriseScholarship Programme.
Performance: Seek out opportunities to enhance the performance programme with links to established semi-professional and professional sports clubs. Supporting recruiment and support services for athletes. These partnerships raise the profile of the University and aid the recruitment of players nationally and internationally.


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