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Employability written in red marker pen

The value of working with external partners.

Students from our Sports Science discipline have gained invaluable employability benefits.

During trimester 1, our level 5 students studying on the Bsc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education degree completed a core module called ‘Sport Development’.

Each year, as part of this module, the students participate in a live brief to enable them to apply the module’s content to the sector within which it sits. Due to the pandemic and the associated restrictions, this year the brief had to be adapted to enable the same learning to take place, but digitally.

The students engaged with external partners, interviewing them about sport development initiatives and then compiling a portfolio and accompanying presentation that outlined what they had learnt, plus their recommendations for the initiative post COVID-19.

Verity Allen, Lecturer Practitioner & Course Leader from our School of Psychology, Sport Science and Vision and Hearing Sciences, said:

“One of the partners we worked with were so impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm shown by one group, that they allowed them access to coaching CPD resources which would only normally be offered to members of their organisation. This amazing achievement exhibits the value of working in partnership with external partners, especially highlighting the employability benefits for our students.”