Karen Rhys Jones

Job Role
Principal Lecturer in Education


Before joining Wrexham Glyndŵr, Karen was a secondary school teacher and progress manager with pastoral responsibilities. This contributed to her recognising the importance of wellbeing in relation to learning and the multi-disciplinary nature of wellbeing.

At Glyndŵr Karen is a principal lecturer and the Initial Teacher Education Lead; she leads the PGCE Primary Education Programme with QTS and is subject leader for physical education. Karen was instrumental in securing the franchised Primary Education QTS programmes from St Mary’s, Twickenham and is enjoying working with cohorts of trainee teachers.

Karen has taught on many Education and Sport and Exercise Science modules, contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Karen is a Physical Literacy Consultant for Sport Wales and Public Health Wales contributing to projects around wellbeing and physical literacy which support teachers and practitioners (within education and beyond) to develop individuals’ motivation, confidence, skills and knowledge to value, enjoy and take responsibility for physical activity .

Karen lives locally with her husband, three children and three dogs. She enjoys being outside and has introduced walking workshops into department meetings.  

Karen is a keen chorister who shares one highlight as singing the Welsh National Anthem on the pitch at the Principality Stadium with the Sirenian Singers, before a six nations rugby match.  



BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences and Physical Education (Edge Hill), PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Cardiff), Masters in Education (Bangor University).



Karen’s research interest lies with physical literacy and wellbeing. Karen designed Sport Wales’ Community Physical Literacy workshop which has been endorsed by the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA). She is a member of the IPLA and is the association’s Education and Training lead. Karen is studying for her Professional Doctorate and researching the development of practitioners’ own, self-managed, physical literacy journeys. Her research allows her to keep abreast of contemporary and current issues, deepen her understanding of the concept of physical literacy and support teaching and learning which interlink with Karen’s other research interests around wider aspects of wellbeing and holistic education.


PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Wales’ National Masters


Karen was a contributing author on Sport Wales resources for Gymnastics, Dance, Play to Learn, Creative Movement and Splash; resources which continue to be used in schools across Wales. These are in the form of cards, packs and CD-ROMs.