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Sport and Exercise

Guaranteed work experience

You'll undertake a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity

Outstanding facilities

You'll learn in our Peak Condition Clinic and Biomechanics Facilities

Top 10 for Sports Science

Our UG courses placed in the UK top 10 in the Guardian league tables 2019

Study Sport and Exercise with us and you'll learn on some of the best undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK. 

The sport and exercise sector gives you the chance to impact on peoples' lives across the world. From professional athletes to developing young people, you can be a key factor in the success of many sporting careers. 

You can see we look out for our students - we are ranked in the top 10 for Sports Science for undergraduate degrees in the 2019 Guardian League Table.  

You'll also enjoy new facilities too. We've invested over half a million pounds in enhancing teaching spaces and laboratories. This gives you the best possible environment to put theory into practice. 

Our experts are making world leading and international impact with their research. But you won't just learn from them, you'll also enjoy our connections with professional bodies such as Stoke City FC, Sony, Great Britain Rowing, Michael Johnson Performance Centre, and FC Barcelona.  


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

All our degrees combine academic study with lots of practical learning. This gives the best possible start for competing for jobs when you graduate. 

Throughout your degree, you'll develop the kind of skills employers prioritise. From communication and teamwork to digital literacy and critical thinking, you'll have it covered. You'll also gain hands-on experience with our Sports Therapy Injury and Peak Condition clinics. 

Work Experience: 

You're guaranteed a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity. These will develop the skills employers are looking for. Recent placements include:  

  • Stoke City FC 

  • Port Vale FC 

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 

  • Shrewsbury Town FC 

  • Sale Sharks RFC  

  • Notts County FC 

Our students

Anthony Miller
Sports Development and Coaching  

I really enjoy the broad range of psychology content, the tutors are supportive and really helpful! The facilities are perfect with very advanced equipment, making my studies even more interesting. I particularly enjoy studies in anxiety and how this can influence sports performance.

Our staff

Ashley Gill
Ashley Gill Course Leader

I have a multidisciplinary approach to sports education and aim to facilitate the learning of students to develop subject specific knowledge, and an overall understanding of sport and exercise. 

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Trevor Barter
Trevor BarterCourse Leader

Trevor’s areas of interest include exercise physiology, Sports Nutrition, principles of training and in particular, drugs in sport.

He teaches modules in swimming, nutrition, the principles of training and drugs in sport.

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Dr Jacky Forsyth
Dr Jacky Forsyth Senior Lecturer

Dr Jacky Forsyth is a Senior Lecturer in exercise physiology. She conducts a wide range of leading research around women in sport and exercise, and specialises in the relationship between ovarian hormones, exercise and health.

Her research into the differences in fat oxidation between males and females after high intensity interval exercise was used in the BBC One documentary, The Truth about Fat.

Through her work at Staffordshire University and beyond, Jacky wants to inspire more females to work and study in sport and exercise, and tailors her teaching to ensure all her students are 100% work ready when they leave.

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James Capper
James CapperCourse Leader

James graduated from Loughborough University in 2001 with a BSc in Physical Education and Sports Science and then completed an MSc in Information Technology. He completed a P.G.C.E.  and taught for several years, while also holding whole school and college responsibilities for pastoral care, CPD, I.T training and coaching and mentoring development. James's teaching, research and interests span a broad range of education types and phases including; primary, middle, secondary, special and academy. He is especially interested in the two-way knowledge transfer between schools/academies and universities and the benefits of such relationships to learners.

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Dr Naomi Ellis
Dr Naomi EllisSenior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health

I've been involved with a number of research projects relating to physical activity and mental health, green space and health; health in mid-life; sport and mental health in prisons.

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John Erskine
John ErskineAcademic Group Leader, Sport and Exercise (Postgraduate, Partnerships and Online Learning)

The 2012 Olympic Games highlighted the growing impact and importance that sports coaches can have on athlete development. This online award is aimed at active, busy coaches who wish to up-skill their coaching knowledge and competencies to position themselves at the forefront of effective coaching practice.

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Dr Martin Turner
Dr Martin TurnerCourse Leader

I'm a senior lecturer (FHEA), researcher, published author, and consultant psychologist (CPyshcol, HCPC Reg, CSci). I specialise in human performance under pressure and adversity.

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