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Student advocate

Student Advocates spread the word

We are really proud of our Sport and Exercise students, and know they have a lot to offer, so much so that this year we have set up our Student Advocate Programme.

Leading the Advocate Programme is Sport and Exercise Senior Lecturer Vernon McGarey. He states "We train some of our best students to go into local schools and run sessions on different aspects of sport and exercise to their pupils. This is great for the schools and is also great experience for our undergraduates; improving their employability, particularly if they want to go on to be teachers or coaches after graduation."

First year Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate and Student Advocate Annie Brett says

"The training was really good and pretty intense. It consisted of two half days where we covered everything from marketing, to understanding the education system before being put into groups to devise our own presentation and teaching session. I think it has really helped me start to understand how to communicate, present and problem solve as part of a team. This is great experience for me as I want to go on and teach in secondary schools."

Vernon also adds "We realise that each of our Sport and Exercise students are a walking advert for the University of Derby but it's also really important we and the University helps support our community and build strong relationships with schools."

If you are interested in our Advocates running a session in your school email the team at