Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Alison Walker

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Postgrad Diploma
  • Role Title: Visiting Research Associate
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5163
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  • Department: Sport and Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Science


Alison Walker is a highly experienced and well respected presenter and reporter who spent almost 20 years in television and radio with the BBC, before turning freelance and establishing her own media company. She was the first woman to break into the traditionally male domain of football and report on matches live. Alison has travelled the world to provide coverage on all sports. She has reported on five Olympic Games, including London 2012, Sochi 2014, and four Commonwealth Games. During her time at the BBC, she spent eight years presenting the sports news on the flagship news programme ‘Reporting Scotland'.

Having undertaken extensive research on the breast as a barrier to sport, Alison has a keen interested in Breast Education to encourage sports participation. For the last year Alison has been working with the Research Group in Breast Health (RGBH) to develop links with organisations in the area of health and sport to promote the importance of this aspect of women’s health. Alison's contribution via her appointment will be to assist with raising awareness of this important topic, and opening doors for potential funding opportunities. Alison is currently working with the group on the development of a funding bid for breast education resources for schools and has identified a number of potential sources of funding, including an introduction to a Minister for Scottish Parliament. In addition to the benefits for members of the RGBH, the opportunities that Alison may provide could be of benefit to future PGR students that we hope to recruit in the area of breast education. Alison is a member of the Scottish Women in Sport Committee and is a strong supporter of female equity, which aligns well with the various Departments and the University strategies as a whole.


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