Guest Lecture Announcement

PEPAYS Ireland is delighted to announce the next speaker in our guest lecture series will be Prof Michael Gard (Uni of Queensland). Prof Gard will lead a seminar on Tuesday July 14 at 4.30pm in P1007 at the University of Limerick.


The title for Professor Michael Gard’s (University of Queensland) seminar is as follows:

Schools and public health: past, present, future----

This is also the title of his most recent book with Carolyn Pluim (Lexington Books)



Abstract of Book

Schools and Public Health is a meditation on the past, present, and future of the relationship between public health and American public schools. Gard and Pluim begin by developing a historical account of the way schools have been used in the public health policy arena in America. They then look in detail at more contemporary examples of school-based public health policies and initiatives in order to come to a judgment about whether and to what extent it makes sense to use schools in this way. With this is as the foundation, the book then offers answers to the question of why schools have so readily been drawn into public health policy formulations. First, seeing schools as a kind of ‘miracle factory’ is a long standing habit of mind that discourages careful consideration of alternative public health strategies. Second, schools have been implicated in public health policy in strategic ways by actors often with unstated political, cultural, ideological, and financial motivations. Finally, the authors call for a more sophisticated approach to public health policy in schools and suggest some criteria for judging the potential efficacy of school-based interventions. In short, the potential effectiveness of proposed interventions needs to be assessed not only against existing historical evidence, but also against the competing roles society expects schools to play and the working-life realities for those charged with implementing public health policies in schools.

ALL ARE WELCOME---If you have any postgraduate students and/or colleagues that might be interested in this event, please invite them.

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Guest speaker announcement

PEPAYS Ireland is delighted to announce Prof David Morley will deliver a guest lecture at the University of Limerick on Tuesday 28th April, 2015 at 1200hrs.


Professor David Morley,

School of Education, Leisure and Sport Studies at Liverpool John Moores University

'Is there a relationship between physical literacy and talent development in Physical Education and sport?' 

David Morley is Professor of Physical Education and Youth Sport at Liverpool John Moore’s University. He has experience teaching Physical Education in a number of secondary schools for nearly ten years and was also employed as the Director of a national primary school soccer initiative. Whilst at Leeds Met Carnegie, he led a talent development in PE and sport research unit and was project director across a range of research areas. He has worked on talent development and movement programmes with the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England, Rugby Football Union and a variety of professional sports clubs, including Manchester United FC and Wakefield Wildcats RL.

Forum 2015

FORUM 2015


One day to go. Registration is still open online. Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.  

Just a quick reminder that the UL campus will be very busy tomorrow with two other conferences and a gigantic soccer tournament taking place so try to get here as early as you can to get parking.

Forum 2015

Tuesday June 9th

PEPAYS Ireland was initiated in the 2005 academic year with the initial research forum held at the University of Limerick in June 2006.The research forum intended to and continues to provide an environment to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with researching physical education, physical activity, and sport experiences for children, youth, and adults in an Irish context. The forum offers a structure whereby those conducting research will have an opportunity to seek input on research design and instrumentation, share research questions and findings of research projects, and create a network of colleagues for potential future collaboration on research projects.  The PEPAYS Ireland Research Forum was the first gathering of teachers, policy makers, and researchers with interests in research questions around young people and the Irish community’s involvement in sport, physical education, and physical activity. In 2011, the PEPAYS Ireland Research Forum was held in conjunction with the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) at the University of Limerick, in 2013 at Dublin City University and in 2014 at the Institute of Technology in Waterford. After successful conferences held around the country the PEPAYS Research Forum returns to Limerick to mark its tenth anniversary.

Keynote Speakers for the one-day event are Prof Stewart Trost and David Passmore

Our Mission

To use high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-entity research to shape, influence and inform policy and practice relating to advancing the health and well-being of populations in the areas of physical education, sport, physical activity and health.

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