Staff Profile


Dr Rachel Wray

Lecturer (Sport and Exercise Science)

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: To be Decided

Tel: 01227 922165

Profile summary

I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Lincoln and in 2017 I was awarded my doctorate in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise Science. After submitting my PhD thesis, I joined the Centre for Ageing and Rehabilitation at Bradford Institute for Health Research, University of Leeds. I directed the process evaluation of ‘PATCH’ posture and mobility in care homes cluster randomized controlled feasibility trial in Yorkshire, and provided qualitative support and supervision on a range of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) projects and NHS Clinical Research Trials. Before joining Canterbury Christ Church University as a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, I took on the role of Learning and Evaluation Officer at Community Lincs and directed the programme evaluation for Talk, Eat and Drink (TED) Ageing Better in East Lindsey.

Publications and research outputs

  • Allen-Collinson, J., Williams, R. K., Middleton, G., Henderson, H., Crust, L. and Evans, A. (2019) ‘We have the time to listen’: community Health Trainers, identity work and boundaries. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, pp.1-15.
  • Rawlings, G. H., Williams, R. K., Clarke, D. J., English, C., Fitzsimons, C., Holloway, I., Lawton, R., Mead, G., Patel, A. and Forster, A. (2019) Exploring adults’ experiences of sedentary behaviour and participation in non-workplace interventions designed to reduce sedentary behaviour: a thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. BMC public health19(1), pp.1-16.
  • Williams, R. K., Allen-Collinson, J., Hockey, J. and Evans, A. B. (2018) ‘You’re just chopped off at the end’: Retired servicemen’s identity work struggles in the military to civilian transition. Sociological Research Online23(4) 812-829.
  • Williams, R. K., Allen-Collinson, J., Evans, A. B. and Briggs, J. (2018) ‘We may be falling apart but we still keep going’: retired servicemen’s experiences of their ageing bodies. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 10(2) 190-205.
  • Graham, L., Cicero, R., Clarke, D., Cundill, B., Ellwood, A., Farrin, A., Fisher, J., Goodwin, M., Hawkins, R., Hull, K., Hulme, C., Trepel, D., Williams, R. K. and Forster, A. (2018) PATCH: Posture and mobility training for care staff vs. usual care in care homes: Protocol for a Cluster Randomised Controlled Feasibility Trial. Trials, 19(1) 52.
  • Evans, A. B., Allen-Collinson, J. and Williams, R. K. (2017) Risky bodies, risky spaces, maternal ‘instincts’: swimming and motherhood. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(8) 972-991.
  • Williams, R. K., Middleton, G., Allen-Collinson, J., Kane, R. and Coussens, A. (2016) The occupational role of the lay health trainer in England: A review of practice. Universal Journal of Public Health4(4) 218-224.

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