Research at Leeds Beckett
About Andy-Daly Smith
Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Behavioural Science. His research focusses on impact and feasibility of physical activity interventions for children and young people.
Andy has over fifteen years of teaching, research and course management in higher education. He has led the design and delivery of a range of degree programmes, the most recent being the Sport, Physical Activity and Health degree. Passionate about developing highly skilled graduates for employment in the physical activity arena, Andy currently leads the YMCA vocational qualifications fitness centre at Leeds Beckett University. While studying toward their degree, students are able to gain additional vocational qualifications as part of their degree, therefore enhancing their employability.
Andy’s teaching focusses on improving physical activity in children and young people. He leads a range of module which develop a student’s understanding of the science, programme design and delivery for interventions to tackle the physical inactivity epidemic. He works with students in schools to design and deliver innovative programmes to improve physical activity during the school day. These focus on the development of fundamental movement skills and the design of physically active learning interventions.
Passionate about improving physical activity levels for all, Andy currently co-leads the Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange. Connecting over 240 practitioners, researchers and commissioners from over 50 different organisations, YoHPAKE plays a significant role in improving physical activity in the region. The purpose of the organisation is to support research informed practice though connecting key stakeholders and ensuring faster knowledge transfer.
- Leadership of Physical Activity for Children and Young People
- Applied Exercise Teaching
- Physically Active Learning
Andy's is developing national and international partnerships on research focussed around three core themes: (1) to understand the segmented day physical activity patterns of children and young people (2) to investigate the impact of acute bouts of physical activity on cognition and academic performance in children and young people and (3) the feasibility and impact of school-based physical activity interventions for children and young people.
With a specific interest in physically active learning, Andy is working with a range of national and international partners. Working in partnership with Cambridge University, Andy is developing a secondary school physically active learning intervention. This work follows on from research into teacher perceptions of active learning in primary schools. Andy specialises in deploying high quality research designs in translational settings. Examples of this work include the evaluation of the Tagtiv8 physically active learning programme and the evaluation of the Redcar and Cleveland Pedometer Programme. Andy is currently coordinating a team of researchers from across the UK to write a future directions paper for physically active learning This work will set guidelines for future intervention design and support practitioners and researchers alike in the implementation and evaluation of physically active learning interventions.
- Physical activity within physical education: Time for a rethink?
- Being more active in school lessons can improve performance in tests
- Network launched at Leeds Beckett to help get us moving
- Network to enhance physical activity provision across the region