Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Student profiles

  • Imogen Mackie

    Imogen Mackie

    Sport, Coaching and Physical Education

    The atmosphere around Oxford is lovely, there is a real student ‘feel’

    Brookes is one of the very few universities that could enable me to row to a very high standard while still getting a great student experience and studying for the degree I want.

    I love the global, cultural, and psychological elements of my course the most. It’s very interesting to learn about the effect psychology has on sport performance, and how much the cultural side of sport affects society as a whole. I also enjoyed the work experience module where I was required to find a coaching job. This was a great experience for me, it really stretched my coaching ability and I learned so many new skills.

    The living accommodation is really nice at the university, with lots of different options. Cheney halls are right next to the sports centre and Harcourt halls would be great if you’re studying a sports degree as they are on the SHS campus.

    The course has been so useful for me. I’ve learned my likes and dislikes and have found the staff really accessible and relatable. They have supported me 100% with my sport and have helped me in my quest to take it to the highest level. Once my course is finished I’m hoping to further my studies with a master’s, maybe in sports psychology.

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    Jamie Abbott

    Sport and Exercise Science

    I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned to aspects of my own lifestyle.

    I chose Brookes because of its great location; I wanted to start rowing, which the city of Oxford is perfect for, and the course fitted my interests perfectly.

    I’ve really enjoyed representing the university at regattas and improving my physiology, as well as spending time with so many interesting people. The best part of my course has been the alpine fieldwork module, which includes a trek through the Alps.

    My lecturers are very enthusiastic. They’re happy to discuss material in and out of teaching hours, whether it’s on the syllabus or a personal issue.

    The knowledge I’ve gained on the course has been interesting and relevant; I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned to aspects of my own lifestyle and it compliments my rowing training well.

    After completing my course I’m considering a research-based master’s related to my degree. I would like to be involved in some novel research in one of my areas of interest.

    Lauren Bolger

    Lauren Bolger

    Sports and Exercise Science Alumnus

    I got the job a month after graduating.

    Brookes has everything you could need for research into sport and exercise; from gas analysis equipment to advance body composition analysers. The lecturers are knowledgeable and interested in their modules, the lab technicians provide invaluable help in human performance laboratories, and PhD students give us advice and guidance.

    As part of our degree we were offered an amazing scheme, ‘Inside Track’, which allowed us to network with a vast variety of relevant professionals. We were also able to use the facilities in the Centre of Sports’ high quality strength and conditioning suites.

    For my work experience module I attended the CLEAR unit, an in house rehabilitation centre based at the university. This was eye opening and life changing; I developed an interest in helping clinical patients rather than elite populations, and this is reflected in my current career pathway.

    I’m currently a Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioner at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, based here in Oxford. I got the job a month after graduating. From gaining this essential experience I now have a conditional offer to study Physiotherapy MSc. Once you graduate you are never bound to a certain career path; with the broad knowledge you gain, you can choose the direction you are passionate about.

    Nicole Clewer

    Nicole Clewer

    Sport, Coaching and Physical Education

    One of my placements led me onto my current role in sports development!

    I’ve worked in the sporting industry for 6/7 years as a personal trainer and I wanted to gain a qualification that would allow me to do more within the industry. I was a competitive powerlifter and always found the psychology behind competition very interesting.

    I enjoy the psychology and sports development modules the most as this is where I would like to have a career. The lecturers are great and very supportive. If you’re a bit unsure about university, like I was, they will help you and support you as much as necessary.

    It’s been really easy to socialise. Everybody on the course is lovely, even if I am almost 10 years older than most of them! I have made some fantastic friends.

    I’ve really enjoyed my placements so far. One of my placements led me onto my current role in sports development! I plan to continue in my role, or maybe work in sports event management. I’m also keen to get into sports psychology.

    Lauren Mangan

    Lauren Mangan

    Sport, Coaching and Physical Education Alumnus

    I was able to see elite coaching in action and had the chance to carry out my own research.

    I really enjoyed the sociological based modules, where talented lecturers were able to push the whole group to think deeper and gain a real understanding of the subject area. I also had a great placement at the Oxford University rowing club; I was able to see elite coaching in action and had the chance to carry out my own research.

    Living in Oxford was fantastic. It’s such a student focused city; there were endless places to eat out, go for a drink, or party. I was also part of the university lacrosse team which meant lots of weekly socials. Being captain was a privilege and receiving so much support from the university made the experience so enjoyable.

    I left university and immediately got an opportunity to work in Stockholm, Sweden, as a supply teacher in a school. I also undertook some sport development work. After I left Sweden I got a job in Reading, working with a children’s weight management charity. Now I work as a Community Sport Manager for GLL; developing and enhancing new sport programmes, working with national partners, including a 6 month placement with Sport Relief, and developing my management skills. For the future I see an on-going career in sport development.