Mark is a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling. His PhD project explores factors that influence the motivational strategies of youth football coaches in Scotland. He is broadly interested in coach development and sport psychology related areas of research.
Mark is also a HEA accredited teacher. He has taught on the BA (Hons) Sports Studies and MSc Performance Coaching degree programmes running at the University of Stirling since 2018, and was recommended for excellent teaching practice at Stirling's 2020 Teaching Impact Awards. He holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sport Coaching.
Outwith academia, Mark has been involved in participation and performance focused sport for several years, first as an athlete and now as a coach. He currently coaches academy football players.