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The National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) is comprised of two interdependent groups, the NUCAP executive group and the NUCAP committee.
NUCAP executive group
The role of the executive group is to ensure that NUCAP operates effectively, efficiently, consistently, fairly and equitably. The group is responsible for the work that underpins the day to day operations of NUCAP (for example, overseeing the review of applications, writing policy, budgeting and recruiting committee members) and for adequately informing the ESSA Board of relevant issues pertaining to NUCAP. The executive group includes the NUCAP chair and manager, one academic and one practitioner NUCAP committee member, the ESSA executive officer and the ESSA director of accreditation.
NUCAP executive group members
The NUCAP committee is responsible for the review of applications for full course accreditation and essentially operates like an assessment panel. There can be up to fifteen (15) members depending on the number of applications expected or received. The NUCAP executive group is responsible for ensuring that the membership best represents the field of exercise and sports science. There are two membership categories – academic and practitioner. An academic member is preferably a level D or E and a practitioner member must be considered to be senior in their field and have a working knowledge of university work practicum programs. There can only be one member from any one institution, organisation or business. Vacancies on the committee are advertised to the ESSA membership and academic units.
NUCAP committee members
- Professor Tim Ackland
- Associate Professor Anthony Leicht
- Professor Stephen Bird
- Dr Rosanne Coutts
- Professor Andrew Cresswell
- Dr Ian Gillam
- Associate Professor Annette Raynor
- Ms Sharrie Carter
Associate Professor Anthony Leicht is a senior academic within and former Director (2008-2011) of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University. He is an experienced exercise scientist/researcher with an international reputation and expertise in the responses to exercise with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular physiology including heart rate control. He has been an active member of ESSA since 2001 as a National board member, conference organiser, reviewer of funding and awards, developer of clinical and exercise science criteria, and is a current ESSA Fellow (2007). His research foci include topics that reflect his teaching interests of exercise physiology and exercise testing and he is a current Fellow of the European College of Sport Sciences (2010). He has received several awards (e.g. University of Southern Queensland, International Society for Heart Research, ESSA) and is a current member of several national and international professional bodies associated with exercise science and physiology. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, on several editorial boards, and a reviewer for >20 international sport and exercise science and physiology journals. He is a former international and national basketball referee and an avid sports fan. Peter Reaburn is an Associate Professor in Exercise and Sport Science at Central QLD University in Rockhampton, Queensland. Associate Professor Reaburn obtained his PhD in Exercise Physiology at The University of Queensland (UQ) in 1994. After six years lecturing and running a sports science consultancy at UQ he moved with a young family to be an inaugural staff member in the now Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science program at Central QLD University in 1997. He was Head of the Department of Health and Human Performance at Central QLD University for eight years and then seconded into the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) team between 2009 and early 2011. AUQA is an independent, not-for-profit national agency that promotes, audits, and reports on quality assurance in Australian higher education with all Australian universities audited by AUQA every five years. Associate Professor Reaburn has served ESSA nationally as Vice-President (Sport Science) and an inaugural member of the ESSA Accreditation and Curriculum Advisory Panel. Associate Professor Reaburn is a masters athlete (running, swimming and cycling), netball coach, and author of four books that bridge the gap between sport science and sport. He is currently developing a postgraduate research program focused on aging athletes and loving being back working with young people and his industry. Ms Wynter Chan is an ESSA-accredited Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist. Wynter is a tutor within Victoria University’s Masters in Exercise Science program and is also a student clinical supervisor. Throughout her undergraduate studies at Deakin University (2004-2006) and postgraduate studies at Victoria University (2007-2008), she has worked with professional athletes from Australian Ballet and Western Bulldogs FC. Ms Chan consults privately in the area of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and her specialties are in Clinical Pilates and strength and conditioning. Ms Chan is looking forward to continuing her research in lower leg biomechanics. Dr Herb Groeller is a senior lecturer at the School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Health Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong. He obtained a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Masters of Science (Hons) at the University of Wollongong and a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. His research and teaching are broadly in the areas of exercise physiology, prescription and functional anatomy. Current research is focused on muscle strength adaptation, task failure and the development of physical employment standards with emergency and defence related services. He has also been a team member on two Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded research projects into curriculum development and renewal in Exercise Physiology and Exercise Science. Early in his career, he has worked as a practicing exercise physiologist within multidisciplinary centres in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, cardiovascular physiology and with a range of athletic populations.
Building courses of excellence in exercise and sports science.
The National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) provides universities with a framework to build courses of excellence in exercise and sports science, while aligning graduates with industry knowledge and requirements.