We want to encourage our academically most able students to have the opportunity to be the very best they can be. Former SASM students have gone on to gain PhDs, readerships, and professorships with others being selected for top jobs. Last year saw an impressive number of first class awards made to students as a result of our unstinting efforts to encourage and recognise academic success.
Our annual student exhibition provides the opportunity to promote, celebrate and show case excellence within the school. Our very best students present their work to be appraised by their peers and experts in the field. Prizes are awarded with some students going on to receive national and international acclaim. Last year our students received awards and recognition at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science annual conference and a leading international forum dedicated to building sustainable tourism.
Having the opportunity to listen to inspirational and influential speakers enhances the student experience. Recent visitors to the school include cricketer Mike Atherton, author and broadcaster Matthew Syed, leading sports researcher Dr Greg Whyte and former Olympian, John Carlos, famous for his black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics medal ceremony. Likewise opportunities to travel broaden and deepen students’ knowledge and understanding. Recently Sport Science students visited Cuzco in Peru to undertake physiological and medical research on human responses to altitude exposure and International Tourism students visited the Gambia to see first-hand how the Gambian Ministry of Tourism and Culture is seeking to develop the country’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Such opportunities promote in-depth learning and can be life-changing experiences, which develop the talents of the next generation of researchers, educationalists and industry managers. The provision of support towards these projects and opportunities will help us continue to stretch our students and fulfil their potential.