School of Sport and Service Management

students with Dr Mark Hayes

A taste of university life

As part of our widening participation outreach activities, we welcomed a group of Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree students from East Sussex College to the Eastbourne campus.

The event provided further information to the students about top-up degree options and other sport-related courses at the university. It also gave them an insight into university life.

The students listened to an overview from Dr Jim Wallis, Sport Coaching BSc course leader, and then took part in a coaching session led by second year students. They then visited the physiology sport lab and participated in a sport and exercise science session led by Dr Mark Hayes using equipment to test grip strength and jump distances.

Two student ambassadors also gave a student life talk and a tour of the halls of residence.

Della Lawson, Sports Coaching and Development Foundation Degree Tutor at East Sussex College said: “Visiting the University of Brighton today was a great experience for our students.

“It was highly supportive by giving them insight into their future options through a variety of informative and fun practical sessions and talks. Thank you for having us.”

Dr Jim Wallis, commented: “Our experience tells us that the transition to the top-up programme is key for foundation degree students. In this respect the event was a big success as students gained experience of university life, curriculum content in science and coaching, whilst also meeting some of the students that they may well be studying with next year.”

Charlotte Avery, a student recruitment and outreach ambassador who is the final year of the Sport and Exercise Science BSc said: It was a lovely day sharing my experiences with the students who had similar questions as I did about university life. The students found it useful hearing my journey to university through the BTEC route and that university is definitely still possible.”

Thank you to all the staff and student ambassadors who led and supported the sessions.

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Kerry Burnett • December 12, 2019


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