Prof Nichola Callow

Pro Vice-Chancellor [Education]

Contact info

Position: Professor/ Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)


Phone: (01248) 38 8243

Location: Main University Building

Web: Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance

Video profile: Watch Prof Nichola Callow's video profile

Contact Info

Position: Professor/ Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)


Phone: (01248) 38 8243

Location: Main University Building

Web: Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance

Video profile: Watch Prof Nichola Callow's video profile



Professor in Sport Psychology, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)




P.G.G.E. BA Joint Hons

Professional Qualifications:

BPS Chartered Psychologist since 2000.

Brief biography:

Professor Nichola Callow is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education).

As Pro Vice-Chancellor she has strategic responsibility for teaching & learning, the student experience, student employability and providing academic contribution to student recruitment. She also has a key leadership role for the delivery of the North Wales Medical School.
Nichola graduated with a BSc degree in Physical Education and Psychology, a PGCE in Outdoor Activities and Science and a PhD in Sport Psychology from Bangor University in 1991, 1992 and 2000. She received a Personal Chair in 2012.
Nichola is a British Psychology Society Chartered Psychologist with an international reputation for her research related to imagery for sport performance and she also conducts research in the areas of leadership, group dynamics, and resilience. Her research has a translational focus (theory to practice) at an elite and professional level and she has secured significant research funding from City Football Services whose portfolio includes Manchester City Football Club.

Executive Assistant, Donna Williams

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Modules

  • MSc Supervisory Experience
  • MSc Independent study/dissertations


Research areas:

Cognitive and motivational effects of imagery. Group dynamics, in particular, leadership, collective efficacy and communication. Interventions with rheumatology patients (e.g., Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia)


Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Beattie, S. The development of resilience in young people within communities through sport participation - ESRC DTP PhD/ City Football Services £50,000.

2017-2020 Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Beattie, S. From the Class Room to Cambodia: Resilience in Adventure Expeditions. KESS maxi PhD £67,270         

2015-2021 Callow, N., & Hardy, J.T. Team effectiveness in academy football players. City Football Services (Manchester) £107,225

Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Arthur, C.A. (March, 2012). The effect of transformational supervision on student engagement, retention and success. The Higher Education Academy Doctoral Training Programme £54,516.

2009-2012 Callow, N., Edwards, M., & Rafal, R. Neural networks involved in visual and kinaesthetic movement imagery. Bangor University 125th Anniversary PhD studentship £45,000.

2010-2013 Arthur, C. Callow, N. & Hardy, L. Transformational leadership in a youth expedition context. KESS maxi PhD £55,470.

2010-11 Callow, N., Mawn, L.Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Development and assessment of a transformational leadership inventory in higher education. Higher Education Academy Network for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Pedagogic Research and Development Fund. £2,972.

2008-2011 Callow, N., Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Transformational Leadership and student learning experiences. Drapers' Company and Thomas Howell's Education Fund/SSHES £58,000.

2009-2013 Callow, N., & Roberts, R. Coach education and psychological skills. Sports Council for Wales/SSHES £72,700.



September 2022 - Present: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

June 2019 to August 2022: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) / Head, College of Human Sciences.

2014 - 2019: Dean, College of Human Sciences.

External Examining

PhD/MPhil in the UK, Australia and Canada

School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, Canada

University of Malaysia

MSc Exercise and Sport, Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, Birmingham University

Keynote and Invited Addresses

Callow, N., (October, 2012). Imagery and Sport: Research from the repetative. Keynote. Imagery and Creativity Conference, Trinity Laben, London, UK.

Callow, N., (April, 2010). Imagery: Application in sport and health psychology. Keynote. British Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology Student Conference, Aberystwyth University, UK

Peer Reviews

Reviewer for a variety of sport and main stream psychology journals


Hobbies and Interests

Mountain Biking, Skiing, and drinking red wine

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