Bethan has an extensive and diverse academic background, she was awarded a BSc in Social Policy from University of Bristol in 2008 and has completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Bethan spent eight years working in financial services before deciding to return to education part-time to pursue her MSc while working full-time, graduating with an award for best management dissertation. Alongside her academic and professional commitments, Bethan has written extensively for both print and digital publications in the fitness industry.
Bethan’s research interest is women in sport. Having already undertaken research into the identities and representations of women in ultra running, her doctoral research develops these ideas and focuses on understanding how women experience participation and the identities they create as ultra runners.
Bethan is passionate about running, having participated in every distance from 5km to ultra marathon, and uses her social media platform to open up discussions about women in sport and inspire more people to embrace movement. In addition to her studies, Bethan has worked alongside fellow Birkbeck graduate Stuart Haw to develop Comprehensive Athlete Support, an organisation providing tailored holistic support services to performance athletes. Bethan’s work with CAS focuses on mental wellbeing.