Student profiles - Sport and Exercise - University of Derby

Sport and Exercise at Derby: Student Profiles

Liam James Moloney "I've absolutely loved every minute of the course. It's been fun, it's been lively and it's had that physical element that I love as well as the theory."

Kellie Hathaway, BA (Hons) Sport Management

Kellie Hathaway

I was based in Sheffield for the Special Olympics 2017. I chose this work placement because I want to be a sporting event manager after University, therefore this placement gave me key real world learning experience.

BA (Hons) Sport Management

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Magdalena Slavikova, BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health

"Placement is a perfect opportunity to enrich yourself with new knowledge - you'll see how the world works. You'll meet new people and you'll gain and improve your skills and abilities useful for both study and life. It can open the door to your future career."

BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health

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Ben de Vos, BA (Hons) Sport Management

Ben de Vos

"Being able to apply the theory into the real world working environment, alongside experts in the field, was a no-brainer as far as I was concerned and I knew we'd be part of something special, being one of the first institutions in the country to be offering such an opportunity."

BA (Hons) Sport Management

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Shridath Rey, BA (Hons) Sport Management

Shridath Rey

"This course gives you an early start into the sports industry with its work placements and modules. It is very enjoyable and the relationships you create with students, lecturers, entrepreneurs and successful businessmen will be with you forever".

BA (Hons) Sport Management

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Paul Lester, BSc Sport and Exercise Science graduate

Paul Lester

Paul, who graduated in 2015 and is now working towards a PhD, gained wide-ranging experience of research projects and high-profile research conferences during his course. They helped him identify his true passion within sport science: respiratory physiology and applied nutrition.

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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Michael Cooper, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate, now Academy Performance Analyst at Derby County FC.

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“Due to the broad nature of the course and the vast knowledge of teaching available, you cover most topics to help you filter your career options down as the years progress. For me, the more intangible aspects were important too, such as time management, working to deadlines, and making sacrifices to give yourself enough time to complete your work.”

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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Kyle Farley, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate, now a Technical Advisor at the University of Derby

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“My advice to today’s students is to take part in as many research projects, internships and work placements as they can to boost their employment prospects. You would find it difficult to get so many experiences anywhere outside the University and they all count towards securing a job. At the same time, these experiences are highly enjoyable and priceless in terms of the skills you gain.”

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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Mark Faghy, PhD graduate

Mark Faghy

"The applied nature of the course was something that was eye-catching on my visit to the university on an open day. From day one of the course this was apparent with lots of practical sessions and hands on work throughout a number of the modules on the course. As a person who learns by doing, these activities were fantastic for me to develop.  The course and facilities were constantly developing and improving allowing me to develop a broad set of skills that covered a number of key disciplines within sport science. The Sport Science staff are also an amazing team, they are very approachable, helpful, friendly and have such in-depth knowledge of the subject area". 

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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Jamie Adams, graduate

Jamie Adams

"The support from the staff has been outstanding and they always have time for you. The facilities available are forever improving and I feel this course can help develop your career prospects in whichever field you are pursuing."

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Joe Hatwell, graduate

Joe Hatwell

"The tutors at the University are very passionate about their subject, very welcoming, and always willing to help you. The minute I walked through the doors at Derby, I just knew it was right for me. Hopefully I will have the chance to go on to do a PhD and become a lecturer. My research is a study into the effects of cold water cooling on sport performance. In particular, I am looking at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The hot climate will be a big challenge for sports teams and especially for England players as they are not accustomed to that level of heat. The university has given me a teaching assistant role, enabling me to apply what I learned in my undergraduate studies - and in my first year on this course - in practical sessions and lectures. It's great being able to cherry pick what you want to research and the area you would like to go into - for me, that's sport physiology. I'm also able to use the very latest equipment for my dissertation, such as the Cortex Metalyzer."

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MRes (Sport and Exercise)

Calum Hayes: From University to Dream Job

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate, Calum Hayes, used his degree to launch a career in the field. From internships at high-level Championship football clubs, Calum took advantage of great opportunities and implemented the course's real-world learning to work his way up the ladder at Walsall FC.

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Akbar Shabir - BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate

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“The team here is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly – they will go that extra distance to help make your time as a student worthwhile. They lend their experience and guidance wherever they can.” 

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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Paul Fleming, BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation

"Work placements give you a chance to put some of the skills you learn into practice in different environments and with sometimes vastly different people – but you only get out of them what you put in, so participation and observation is key! But mostly, they can be a fun and free way to get to experience things you might otherwise never see."

BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation

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George Kirkham, BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation

"As I’m hoping to go into a career as a sports therapist, having had this opportunity to work with the strongest athletes in Britain was fantastic, and will help me no end as I can say I’ve already had the experience of working with some of the best athletes around."

BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation

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