Robin studied Sport and Exercise Sciences at Leeds and is now completing a PhD here in Medical Engineering.
When looking at league tables, the University of Leeds consistently ranks amongst some of the best universities in the UK. Similarly, Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds is highly regarded in comparison to other universities. I loved the fact that the Leeds is such a big university, yet it is confined to one campus. This means lectures, seminars and university social spaces are just walking distance apart. Finally, Leeds is a great city! It is a young, vibrant city that is growing every year.
During my time at undergraduate level, I specifically enjoyed the biomechanics module. Biomechanics is concerned with the mechanics of human motion and its influence on both performance and injury. The knowledge and lab skills I gained through this module have allowed me go on to study for a PhD in medical engineering. Socially, my time playing sport at Leeds was a highlight. It was a chance to compete against other universities and meet new people at organised weekly socials.
There are a number of libraries at Leeds, all of which have great facilities for both individual and group study. The Sport and Exercise Science labs are particularly beneficial. During the course, I had the opportunity to complete a number of research assignments, using cutting-edge equipment. This gave me an insight into the research skills and techniques within biomechanics, physiology, psychology and motor control.
I completed a Masters in Sport Science, however at the time this was not integrated with my undergraduate course. In my experience, the Masters allowed me to take ownership for a research project and work with more self-direction and independence. I feel that I benefitted from this time as it was a chance to develop a number of important skills, which ultimately allowed me to apply for a PhD.
I played university football throughout my time as an undergraduate. This was a fantastic opportunity to make the most of the fantastic sports facilities at Weetwood and play at a competitive level against other universities. I also played football for the Sport Science football team and was a member of the Biological Sciences Society. Joining one of the many societies on offer, is a great way to meet likeminded people and increase your network of friends.
Regular lab practicals were a great chance to get hands on and learn how to use scientific equipment. Following on from this, the 3rd year dissertation stands out as a highlight for me. You have the choice from many topics across any of the sport science disciplines. The dissertation is a chance to explore a scientific question and engage in every part of research, from data collection through to statistics.
Following the completion of my PhD, I plan to work within the medical technology sector. My current work focuses on joint replacements, so that would be a perfect career pathway. Sport and Exercise Science lecturers have advised and supported me to help me to reach the position I am in now. I would advise final year students to meet with lecturers who work in the area that interests them and discuss potential career paths.