Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell

Dr Tom Campbell BSc(Hons), PhD, FHEA

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Tom Campbell BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA, is a lecturer in sport and exercise science and sustainability theme lead at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland.

Tom's applied work centres around supporting and promoting innovation and enterprise across the mountain bike sector and the field of dual career athletes. Tom has secured over £250k of external project funding to date and has helped several businesses launch new products and services over the past 7 years.

Tom currently leads two Erasmus+ projects for the university including the DIRTT: Developing intereuropean resources for trailbuilding training project. This project has brought a new level of professionalism to the trail building sector and will ensure the future sustainability of mountain bike trails. At the Scottish level, this has seen participation from volunteers, trail associations and race and event organisers – the upskilling of this latter workforce has already seen principles of sustainable trail building applied to the design and maintenance of racecourses. Tom has produced two publications from this project including a paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health which achieved a highly accessed status from the journal with over 2200 full text reads and 5000 views to date. This research was subsequently featured in an extensive article published on PinkBike - the world’s largest cycling magazine and media outlet, with over 20 million unique users. Additionally, both the German and Spanish mountain bike federations are now translating the article into their respective languages, such is the impact and appeal of this work within the mountain bike sector. Further online articles summarising the work have been published by The International Mountain Bike Association and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, while IMBA Swiss produced an online article summary in both French and German languages alongside a further report featuring a subset of my data. The article was also discussed on the “Downtime” mountain bike podcast.

Tom's recent evaluation evaluation of the Leader funded "MTB Aberdeenshire - creating a sustainable tourism product" project was pivotal in securing significant ongoing funding and resulted in the implementation of organisational changes within Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland. Specifically, two coordinator roles have been created in the Tweed Valley with a similar remit to the Aberdeenshire coordinator and a particular emphasis on developing the ecosystem surrounding mountain biking in the region. It is anticipated that these roles will ultimately create additional jobs, grow businesses, and increase economic revenue within the region.

Tom has been interviewed by or had his work promoted in numerous outlets including ITV news, Edinburgh Evening News, Edinburgh North, PinkBike, Downtime Podcast, International Mountain Bike Association, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, Heart of Midlothian Football club website.

Themes

News

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Professional Trail Builders Association Trail Competency Workgroup. Dr Tom Campbell was invited to offer expert insight into the assessment of competencies amongst mountain bike trail builders.
  • International Panel Expert on dual career skills development. - SCORES: Developing employability skills and competencies through sport in Europe. Amsterdam. October 2019.
  • Airbus: Expert Working Group on Health and Wellbeing of Air Travellers. Dr Tom Campbell provided expertise on psychophysiological assessment of wellbeing parameters related to the demands of air travel.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland: Workplace Wellness Group. Dr Tom Campbell provided expert evidence and advice regarding workplace wellbeing to RBOS employees.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow
  • Best Poster Presentation Edinburgh Napier Postgraduate Conference

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker - Sustainable Trails Conference. "Sustainable trails: the rider's perspective"
  • Invited Speaker - Britannia Sports and Exercise Science Academy. "The dual career athlete"
  • Keynote Speaker: Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance Research Seminar. "The Mountain Bike as a Vehicle for Innovation"
  • Invited Speaker - Professional Trail Builders Association, Bentonville USA - "Training needs of European Trail Builders"
  • Invited lecture - Hogeschool Van Amsterdam. "Psychosocial Stress in Sport"
  • Invited speaker - International Seminar for Dual Careers in Sport, Amsterdam. “Developing athletes through professional practice: enhancing athletes welfare and reducing stress”
  • Invited Speakers. The Society for Psychophysiological Research (57th annual meeting), Vienna. Austria. "Anticipation and the cortisol awakening response within a dynamic psychosocial work environment"
  • Invited speaker - Stress and Anxiety Research Society (annual conference), Hong Kong. "A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace"
  • Invited Speaker - International Athlete Services Forum, Singapore. Designing flexible learning for dual career athletes
  • Invited presentation at Stirling University Health Sciences and Sport Research Group
  • Presentation at The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance Conference, Amsterdam.
  • Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance: Kick off conference. November 2016.Tom Campbell delivered a conference presentation on the topic of developing dual career athletes through a contextualized HE distance-learning programme. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Holland. 2016
  • Presentation at the QAA International Enhancement Themes Conference. Glasgow.

 

Media Activity

  • Cycling magazine: "European Study on Trail Sustainability Gives New Insight on Mountain Biker Motivations, Illegal Trail Use, & More," Pinkbike, 20th January 2022.
  • Online Article - What is Sustainability? International Mountain Bicycling Association, 10th March 2022
  • TV appearance: "Borderlands: How the Growth Deal could impact southern Scotland", ITV news, 18th March 2021
  • Online article: What is sustainable trails? Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, 22nd December 2021
  • Mountain Bike Podcast: "Trails on Trial", Downtime Podcast, 21st December 2021
  • Newspaper article: Hearts and Hibs youngsters sign up for Edinburgh Napier University course, Edinburgh Evening News, 10th September 2020
  • Online article: Hearts team up with Edinburgh Napier, Heart of Midlothian Football Club, 10th September 2020
  • Online article: MTB trail building sector is ready for further professionalisation, International Mountain Bike Association, 11th September 2020
  • Newspaper article: Ice star Greg all set for a sporting life, North Edinburgh News, 6th November 2018.

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • UK MTB Trail Designer and Builders Network. Dr Tom Campbell was invited to engage the UK Trail Builders Network with the ongoing European DIRTT project. Tom provided an insight into the ongoing research that will underpin the project and delivered an interactive workshop session.
  • MTBCOS Schools outreach. Dr Tom Campbell visited Earlston and Gordon primary schools to talk about all of the opportunities that are available within mountain biking and the range of careers that exist within the industry. This also formed part of the annual schools competition where pupils were invited to create "the bike of the future".
  • MTBCOS Outreach - Priorsford Primary School. Dr Tom Campbell visited Priorsford Primary School to talk about all of the opportunities that are available within mountain biking and the range of careers that exist within the industry.
  • Academic Expertise: Tweedlove International Mountain Bike Festival. Dr Campbell has served as an academic expert at the Tweedlove International Mountain Bike festival from 2015. This involves the provision of expertise within the event village during events and outreach activity across a number of primary schools within the Scottish Borders.

 

Reviewing

  • Cogent Psychology
  • Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • Sage publishing
  • British Journal of Nutrition
  • Applied Ergonomics
  • Journal for the Study of Sport and Athletes in Education
  • Cogent Medicine
  • Journal of Science and Cycling
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • The International Journal of Workplace Health Management
  • Innovations and Teaching.

 

Visiting Positions

  • Erasmus+ staff teaching mobility. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Dr Tom Campbell was awarded an Erasmus+ staff teaching mobility grant to teach on the sport psychology degree at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

 

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A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace.

Presentation / Conference
Campbell, T., Westbury, T., Davison, R. & Florida-James, G. (2017, July)
A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace. Paper presented at 38th Annual Conferenec of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society., Hong Kong
Purpose: To investigate the effect of acute day-to-day psychosocial work characteristics upon the autonomic and endocrine stress response. Design: The study employed a singl...

An exploratory study of the relationship between psychosocial hazard and ambulatory physiological response in higher education employees

Journal Article
Campbell, T. G., Davison, R., Florida-James, G., & Westbury, T. (2016)
An exploratory study of the relationship between psychosocial hazard and ambulatory physiological response in higher education employees. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 9(3), 360-374. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-11-2015-0068
Purpose: as exposure to psychosocial hazard at work represents a substantial risk factor for employee health in many modern occupations, being able to accurately assess how em...

Articulating student experience: empowering students to articulate what matters to them during the transition from college to university

Conference Proceeding
Campbell, T., Castle, K. & Thomson, T. (2015)
Articulating student experience: empowering students to articulate what matters to them during the transition from college to university. In International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference Materials, 222-230
As part of Edinburgh Napier University’s commitment to delivering a high quality transition experience to articulating students, we are undertaking a longitudinal study of the...

Ambulatory physiological assessment: an ergonomic approach to the dynamic work environment and temporal variability in heart rate variability, blood pressure and the cortisol awakening response

Thesis
Campbell, T. G. (2014)
Ambulatory physiological assessment: an ergonomic approach to the dynamic work environment and temporal variability in heart rate variability, blood pressure and the cortisol awakening response. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/452967
Aim: The aim of this thesis was to investigate the psychophysiological response to the dynamic working environment within a cohort of higher education employees via ambulatory...

Evaluation of MTB Aberdeenshire – creating a sustainable tourism product

Report
Campbell, T. Evaluation of MTB Aberdeenshire – creating a sustainable tourism product. Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland

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Campbell, T. Evaluation of MTB Aberdeenshire – creating a sustainable tourism product. Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland

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