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Dr Mike Rayner

Dr Mike Rayner has a demonstrable track record of leading and delivering global engagement strategies for inclusive learning and teaching and facilitating social mobility to ensure that all students and staff, regardless of gender, ability, ethnicity, socio-economic background or religious beliefs, are enabled to fulfil their potential.
University of Portsmouth
Job Title
Associate Head (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships)

Dr Mike Rayner is an Associate Head (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships) in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth. As a Fellow of The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), Advance HE Senior Fellow and a registered practitioner with the Chartered Management Institute (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Mike draws upon his varied background to explore vocational and inclusive pedagogy, internationalising curricula and promoting student mobility.  

Working in partnership with staff, he is committed to encouraging active, critical and aspirational spaces for staff to consider concepts related to evolving pedagogy within their everyday practice. Mike has pioneered initiatives that have transformed curriculum design, enhanced student satisfaction and improved student performance. He has designed, developed and delivered highly successful student mobility programmes alongside numerous course developments which include Dual Awards with a partner institution in Australia.  

Mike has published widely in the area of Sport Management, with projects relating to four complimentary areas: employee performance and well-being, organisational behaviour, human resource development and employment relationships within professional sport environments. More recently, Mike has a significantly contributed to the emergent literature in Sport Management pedagogy with a publication titled Sport Management Education: Global perspectives and implications for practice’ (Rayner & Webb, 2022) which presents a first collection of evidence-based advice on pedagogy and professional practice; providing an insight into utilising co-creation to devise industry relevant curriculums. 

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