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Last year, 70% of our graduating cohort achieved either a First Class degree (16% of cohort) or a Second Class, upper, degree (54% of cohort) something we are very proud of. 

​The Department of Sport is also proud to have worked with many students who have gone on to perform excellently in their field. Among their successes are athletes, team managers and coaches, fitness experts, teachers, engagement workers, physiotherapists and more. Read, see and hear more about them, below.


Richard Barker - Professional Football Coach

Richard recently took time out to speak with Craig Winstanley​ how his undergraduate education shaped his professional career, and how psychology plays a role in football coaching. Read these interviews, by clicking the relevant links below:

1007_Interview with Richie Barker_HIS EXPERIENCES AS A STUDENT_February 2015.pdf

1007_Interview with Richie Barker_PSYCHOLOGY IN FOOTBALL_February 2015.pdf

Richard Barker's profile


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Elise-Bradley Smith - Graduate

Elise-Bradley Smith graduated in 2014 with a 2.1 in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Since leaving the University Centre, she has completed various professional qualifications, which have enabled her to gain work as a Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist. Next year, she shall be undertaking a master's degree in Sports Therapy. Her dissertation, "A Systematic Review of the Aetiology of Shoulder Injuries and the Associated Preventative Strategies Within Competitive Swimmers" achieved the highest grade of her cohort, and will be published as part of the University Centre's internal Journal of Research and Scholarship in June 2015.

Full dissertation can be viewed, click the link below:

Elise-Bradley Smith


Maureen Goodman

Maureen Goodman came to us in September 2009 when she decided to enrol onto the Sport, Fitness & Exercise Science programme.  This had not been an opportunity for her previously, having left school in 1984 with two 'O' Levels, three CSEs along with a typewriting qualification.  She had been in continuous employment for the past twenty six years when she decided to gai​n a qualification in an area that had always been of interest to here. She then went on to graduate from our PGCE programme, and now has a succesful career in teaching. In addition to this, her final year dissertation "The effects of selected asanas in Iyengar yoga on flexibility" was published in an academic journal (see link, below). A great achievement, and an even greater journey.​

View Maureen Goodman's published work


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James Pieroni and Nathan Winder

James Pieroni and Nathan Winder​ both graduated from our Top-up degree, and achieved a Second class, upper, and First class qualification, respectively. Since graduating, they have both gone on to be Sport Science practitioners at professional football clubs. James' research interests while at the University Centre were in the effectiveness of video feedback on information processing in academy footballers, whereas Nathan carried out research into the effectiveness of tailored functional training programmes on Funtional Movement Screen scores in academy footballers.​