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Jamie Macmanaway


I’ve always been drawn to the mountains and have been fortunate enough to spend my adult life living and working amongst the incredible landscapes of the Alps, Canadian Rockies, and Scottish Highlands.

Initially working in adventure tourism, I spent a decade travelling and working seasonally as a raft guide, mountain bike guide and snowboard instructor. After moving back to the UK, I gained further leadership and coaching qualifications and pursued a career as a freelance instructor, alongside running a small guiding and coaching business. During this time, I developed as an outdoor educator, working extensively with young people, particularly those at risk.

In 2018, I began working as an instructor with the School of Adventure Studies, and I now combine practical work with lecturing on the adventure degree programs. 

Teaching Responsibilities

At the time of writing, I lead two modules:

Nature & Learning (2nd year)

Investigation: Personal and Social Development in Adventure Education (3rd year)


I am particularly concerned about the impacts of climate change on mountain environments. My current research centres on the transition from glacial to post-glacial landscapes, with a particular focus on associated geohazards.

Academic Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Geography

NGB Qualifications

International Rafting Federation:

  • Tutor
  • Grade 4 Trip Leader

British Canoeing:

  • Level 2 Coach
  • Advanced White Water Kayak Leader
  • Moderate Water Endorsement

British Cycling:

  • Level 2 Mountain Bike Coach
  • Scottish Mountain Bike Leader

Mountain Training:

  • Mountain Leader


  • Level 2 Snowboard Instructor

What is your main outdoor interest?

I love being out and about in the mountains, whether that be by bike, boat, board, or on foot. I’m currently enjoying the challenge of trying to enjoy adventures sustainably – staying local and relying on human power and public transport as much as possible.