Our Academic Leaders
A World First in Higher Education
The UCFB Academic Team is led by a number of experienced professionals from academia and the sport industry. Leading individuals from their respected fields, this Academic Leadership Team provides expert guidance for all UCFB students and ensures a fulfilling learning environment.
Neil Silver, Head of Complementary Curriculum & Employability+
Neil is an award-winning journalist, author and educational trainer who worked for a number of national newspapers before moving into education and journalism training. He has covered major sporting events including World Cup finals and the Olympic Games, and was a senior member of the London 2012 press team.
Neil, who has a Masters in Sports Journalism, works in the industry part-time covering football for The Sun newspaper. He is also a member of the NCTJ’s Sports Exam Board.
Dr. Nick Wilde, Head of Academics - UCFB Wembley+
Nick is recognised as an expert in football marketing and has worked closely with the marketing departments of Boca Juniors, Estudiantes de la Plata and Racing in Argentina, and has previously lectured in South America conducting his lectures in fluent Spanish.
He has co-authored a global edition of a leading Event Management textbook which is currently being revised for a second edition. Nick helped to set up the Charlton Athletic United States Soccer Academy (CAUSSA) and has worked on several projects with the leading sports charity Charlton Athletic Community Trust.
Dr. Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton, Assistant Head of Academics - UCFB Wembley+
Vaithehy is a chartered psychologist (CPsychol) and full divisional member of The British Psychological Society Sport and Exercise, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Society (AFHEA). She is an extensively experienced scholar within the area of mental health within sports.
Vaithehy works closely with mental health charities to raise awareness about mental health within sport organisations, and has previously provided sport psychology consultancy to elite junior athletes and sport organisations.
Dr.Gerald Griggs, Head of Academics - UCFB Etihad Campus+
Gerald has worked in education for over twenty years and brings a wealth of Higher Education experience to the team. He is a globally recognised figure in his field of Primary Physical Education and to date has published four books and over 30 international peer reviewed journal articles.
Mike Walsh, Assistant Head of Academics - UCFB Etihad Campus+
Mike has 13 years’ experience of coaching the youth academies of Manchester United, Manchester City, Preston North End and Blackpool, travelling to and taking coaching sessions in Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. He is a UEFA A License qualified coach, a Coach Educator at The FA, an MA in Sports Coaching and is set to begin a PhD this year.