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Dr Allan Hewitt

Senior Teaching Fellow

Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

My main activity is centered around the management  of a large academic undergraduate programme, where I offer strong leadership with a focus on the student experience. I am involved in a range of research projects, mostly involving mobile technology as applied to the field of physical activity.

I maintain my interests in Music Psychology and Music Education through my positions as Assistant Editor of the journal Psychology of Music and as Associate Editor of the journal Music, Technology and Education.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    Music psychology

    Music education

    Analysis of accelerometer data

    Relationships between economic and social deprivation and educational attainment

Publications

The relationship between sedentary bout duration and glucose in adults with type 2 diabetes
McMillan Kathryn Anne, Kirk Alison, Hewitt Allan, MacRury Sandra
American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting, (2017)
Objective, continuous measurement of sedentary behaviour and glucose in people with type 2 diabetes
McMillan Kathryn Anne, Kirk Alison, Hewitt Allan, MacRury Sandra
Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2017, (2017)
A systematic and integrated review of mobile-based technology to promote active lifestyles in people with type 2 diabetes
McMillan Kathryn Anne, Kirk Alison, Hewitt Allan, MacRury Sandra
Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology Vol 11, pp. 299-307, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1932296816656018
A longitudinal examination of students' health behaviours during their first year at university
Gibson Ann-Marie, Shaw Johanna, Hewitt Allan, Easton Chris, Robertson Sarah, Gibson Neil
Journal of Further and Higher Education, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2016.1188902
A systematic and integrated review of mobile-based technology to promote active lifestyles in people with Type 2 diabetes
McMillan Kathryn Anne, Kirk Alison, Hewitt Allan, MacRury Sandra
Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2016, (2016)
Using degraded music quality to encourage a health improving walking pace : BeatClearWalker
Komninos Andreas, Dunlop Mark D, Rowe David, Hewitt Allan, Coull Steven
EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ambient Systems Vol 15, (2015)
http://dx.doi.org/10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2015.259072

more publications

Teaching

My main role is Course Leader for the BSc Sport and Physical Activity degree. I am responsible for managing the timetable, all academic issues and for course admissions. I am also year coordinator for the Third Year of the degree.

I am class leader for B1123 Culture and Context, B1221 Coaching and Sport Development, B1313 Placement and Professional Development, B1479 Research Project and B1408 Practical Project in Sport and Physical Activity Development. I also contribute to B1405 Dissertation.

Research interests

My research explores the use of technology and music within physical activity and exercise, including:

  • sensorimotor synchronisation with music, in particular synchronising walking cadence (in collaboration with Perception and Action lab)
  • the use of mobile music to promote increased intensity and duration of physical activity
  • the use of ubiquitous mobile devices for activity monitoring, in particular the use of mobile accelerometry 
  • design of user interfaces for mobile applications in physical activity (in collaboration with Mobiquitous Lab)
  • the use of mobile devices and web technologies in large-scale physical activity interventions

Professional activities

Journal of Sports Sciences (Journal)
Peer reviewer
1/8/2012
Psychology of Music (Journal)
Editorial board member
1/1/2012
Associate Editor, Journal of Music, Technology and Education
Editorial board member
6/2009
Peer reviewer, British Journal of Music Education (c. 1-2 articles reviewed per year)
Referee
6/2008
Peer reviewer, Psychology of Music (c. 2-3 articles reviewed per year)
Referee
5/2006

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Projects

Mobile data collection for physical activity research
Hewitt, Allan (Principal Investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator)
This project aims to develop a series of four applications on the iTouch platform that will allow us to collect high-quality, high-frequency data on a range of physical activity measures and related to use of the music playlist. The four applications can be run synchronously, allowing the capture of both physical and auditory activity within the mobile device.
Period 01-Nov-2010 - 31-Dec-2011

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Address

Physical Activity for Health
Graham Hills Building

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