Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Mike Rayner

  • Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc, FInstLM, SFHEA, FCIMSPA
  • Role Title: Course Leader (MSc Sports Management) & Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5381
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  • Department: Department of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I joined the department in as a Senior Lecturer in 2008 and am currently the Course Leader for the MSc Sports Management course. Having originally studied both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Portsmouth, I have since completed my PhD entitled ‘The Impact of Professionalisation on Rugby Union: Player’s Perspectives’. My academic career was preceded by extensive Operational management and consultancy experience in a range of different public and private sector organisations.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the Course Leader for the MSc in Sports Management as well as teaching sports and business management related subjects on our undergraduate degree pathways. I am the unit coordinator for both Level 5 units entitled Sport and Business Management and Managing People in Sports Organisations. Furthermore, I am the Unit coordinator for the Level 6 unit named Professional Practice in Sports Marketing and the postgraduate unit titled The Sports Business Industry.

In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects as well as being the Level 5 Senior Tutor as well as being the tutorial working group lead within the department. Furthermore I am a member of the department Academic Approval committee.


My main area of research is elite level rugby union. This research focuses on the professional developments of rugby union since its declaration as a professional sport. At present my research includes investigating the evolutionary process of the game, from its origins through to the moment it became a professional sport and most importantly, the state of the sport in today’s society. My research examines the global effect of professionalisation on rugby union, and particularly the impact on the amateur levels of the game.

I offer the below research areas on both the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes:

  • Competitive balance within Sport
  • The Economy of Professional Sport
  • Amateurism in Modern Sport
  • Exploration of the Strategic Sports Marketing Process
  • Management concepts in the Sports Industry

Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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