Sports Science and Physiology student at University of Leeds

Emily McClintock

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

When I visited Leeds for an open day there was so much going on, both for the course and societies that I could join. I also liked the fact that it was a campus university, where everything was together but only a 5 minute walk into the city centre so it is the best of both worlds. Also the sports facilities are great which drew me in as I wanted to play Netball and get involved in other sports. The Students Union has recently been upgraded so it’s now a great social space to grab a coffee or do work and is always busy with different societies.

What have been the highlights of your time at the University of Leeds?

Representing the University in Netball and being part of the intramural netball team for sports science playing against Beckett in the final. I also really enjoyed the Leeds Ball, a full university ball which takes place on campus in the summer and was a great end to my second year. I’m a course rep for sports science which has been rewarding, being able to feedback to the staff on how the course is going and then seeing changes put in place in response to my feedback.

How have the facilities (libraries/labs etc.) helped you get the most out of your degree?

The libraries have all been upgraded since I have been here which has provided great opportunity for study, plus the library website has plenty of resources to help write my assignments. Sports Science labs are well equipped and have been fun throughout my 3 years here. In particular for dissertation research it has been great to use all of the biomechanics high tech equipment on offer.

Have you joined any student societies/sports clubs at the university? If so how has this enhanced your time at the University?

I joined the Leeds University Netball club which has been great to be able to represent the University at sport. It has given me a group of friends beyond my course mates as well as enhancing my time management as it requires a lot of commitment. It has also given me responsibility as I’ve been on the committee for the last 2 years which has been a fab opportunity to help shape the club as well as give back to it.

What key aspects of your experience of Leeds would you highlight to students thinking about coming do the same course?

It’s really engaging as your practicals match up with the theory that you learn in lectures and you get to use different equipment to test theories. The staff are really friendly and helpful when you have questions about the course as well as pastoral queries. There are many opportunities to adjust your course to suit your interests as you can take discovery modules including those in outdoor activities. Ultimately Leeds is a great place to study Sports Science as it is research-led with great staff and you can tailor your studies to suit you.

What are your ambitions for the future? Do you have specific career plans? Has the Faculty (careers centre/lecturers etc.) helped you with these goals in any way?

The Faculty careers advisor has been great in supporting my career plans right from Year 1. They first introduced me to opportunities within sports science which I have since gained work experience towards. In particular highlighting jobs within clinical exercise physiology and the application requirements so I could tailor any volunteering or work experience to them. They are great at reviewing CVs and cover letters for applications having helped me with summer internship applications. They also offer help with other stages of applications like online psychometric or aptitude tests and assessment centres, which I used last year when applying for PWC. They encourage experience in all areas to help broaden your knowledge of available jobs which your degree offers you.