Liam James Moloney

Sport & Exercise Studies and Mathematics student Liam James Moloney discusses the demands of the course and how balancing a Joint Honours degree can work.

What advice would you give to anyone that's thinking of coming to study at the University of Derby?

The best bit of advice I could give someone coming to the University of Derby is to make friends, enjoy every moment and get involved with anything and everything you can. The more you get involved the more you’re going to love it here.

What are the main reasons for taking this course?

For the sport aspect - I live, breath and eat it, it’s all I’ve ever known from a very young age. With regards to the maths, I absolutely love being challenged.  Not being able to do it straight off the bat means I have to put my head to it, and the course does that for you by trying to improve you all the time.

What have you enjoyed about the course so far?

Getting involved with helping out other people and the group work. A lot of our study in Sports comes down to presentations and group work, even if we do present on an individual basis. It’s that kind of togetherness where everyone gets together and comes out with a decent grade.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Derby?

I’d heard it was a friendly university, and when I came on the Open Day I got that impression when I walked through the door with the very first welcome. That’s continued throughout my two years now, and I absolutely love it.

How have you found the tutors in the support that they're giving you?

My tutors and my lecturers are fantastic. If there's ever any problems that I have, anything that I need assisting with, they're only behind a door and it's just a metter of knocking on it. You get that one-to-one time to speak through your problem, whatever it may be.

Have you had any interesting guest speakers or lecturers?

We had a talk from a runner who'd travelled from the south to the very northern tip of Ireland, talking about the challenges he faced and overcame along the way. We’ve also had the opportunity of strengthening and conditioning coaches from the Leicester Tigers coming in and loads of other people that are top class names, Olympic athletes and particularly from the athletic union awards

What do you think of the facilities and equipment?

Here at the University there’s no end to the resources that we get given, in particular with the gym which is growing all the time. Course-wise, we deal with the biggest and the best equipment, and in the rugby club, anything that I ask for through the Chairman or the Secretary, we always get our hands on in some way, shape or form.

Are you involved in any clubs or societies and what do you do in these clubs?

There’s a huge range at the University of Derby, and myself, I’m part of the Rugby and Football Club. I was a member of the Maths Society and next year I’ll be helping out with the newly-formed Catholic Society.  You can get involved in absolutely anything with regards to sports and societies.

What would you like to do in your future career and how do you think university study has helped you towards this?

I would love to go on and become a Regiment Officer in the RAF, and I’d also love to become a coach with elite athletes. For coming to university I’ve become a more independent person, confident, not afraid to go up to people and talk about things. I’m able to make friends, I’m more outgoing than I would have ever been. A lot of skills that I’ve learnt are transferrable throughout both of those jobs - all the time I’m leading or team leader and I’m not afraid to speak.

What do you like about the city of Derby and Derbyshire?

Derby itself is an amazing place to be honest. The Peak District is on the doorstep, and I met up with my family not too long ago just to go out and walk there, see all the sights and be out in the countryside. Other than that Derby’s got plenty of facilities, everything that I want to do - the cinema, in the town itself, when I’m going out and socialising, anything like that.

How would you sum up the experience of studying this course at the University of Derby?

I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it. The course itself has been absolutely perfect for me, because of the challenges. It’s been fun, it’s been lively, it’s had that physical element that I love and there’s been the theory as well.