Open Day was the key to Conor’s career

An Open Day at Derby set Conor Seaman on his career path. He was so impressed by our staff and our facilities that he joined our BSc (Hons) Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation course. He’s now working as a Sports Therapist at a private hospital. 

Making the right decision

Conor decided to study our BSc (Hons) Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation as he was keen to build an understanding in Sport, particularly the rehabilitation side.  

He said “when leaving school, I was unsure on the next step. By choosing Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation it gave me an insight into each area that I was interested in before deciding to specialise in one field – rehabilitation. I chose the University of Derby due to the staff at the Open Day, the investment into the sport centre and the evident progression the University was making in the league tables.”


A sport scholar cycling in the performance suite

Gaining advantage

After graduating, Conor started working at a local football team, using the skills he gained while studying to adapt and improve the squads training.

He knew he wanted to work in rehabilitation and the course allowed him to do so as he had a great understanding of all components of sports performance. So a year after completing his degree at Derby, he started a Masters in Sports Therapy. He states “what I gained from completing a Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation degree, certainly gave me an advantage over others that studied difference undergraduate courses.”

Since completing his Masters, he now works at the Woodland Hospital in Kettering, part of Ramsay Health Care UK as a Physiotherapy Assistant / Sports Therapist.

His role includes “treating patients following injury and surgery. I currently run exercise classes for total hip and knee replacement surgeries. Using the techniques, skills and knowledge I gained whilst studying at the University of Derby I am able to improve patient’s quality of life, mobility and strength.”

Conor is glad he studied at the University of Debry because he “feels like both the University and course gave me the drive to achieve all that I have so far. It has given me a foundation very few in the rehabilitation field have. It also produced a pathway for me to move forward based on the knowledge I received on my course.”

An exercise class for stretching

Further Development

Conor’s future plans are to continue in his role at Ramsay Healthcare. “I am currently going through the application process to commence an apprenticeship in physiotherapy through Ramsay Healthcare.”

Conor believes the confidence he built through studying his undergraduate degree and the support of the teaching team have helped him to get to where he is today. He says “I recommend the University of Derby to everyone that is considering applying for a university course. Everyone should attend an Open Day and to explore the campus and facilities. I know every time I have thought about new courses, I have considered Derby before any other University.”