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Pictured is the Talk Sport Student Conference logo, which is shaped like a stopwatch. It also has the words: careers fair, industry-led workshops, guest speakers, networking event, Q&A panel. Another body of text reads: "Students interested in a career in the sports industry".

29 Jan 2018

Director of Sport Advancement to deliver keynote speech at upcoming student conference

Pictured is Peter Keen.

The University’s Director of Sport Advancement is to deliver a keynote speech at this years’ Talk Sport Student Conference 2018.

This Thursday (1 February), Peter Keen CBE will discuss his exciting career and the highs and lows of working in sport. He will also share invaluable tips for anyone looking to start a career in the industry.

Peter is a visionary coach and leader in international high-performance sport with a proven track record in strategic planning, team management, coaching, sport science and education.

As Performance Director at UK Sport he designed and implemented the strategic funding and performance management system that resulted in the triumphant achievement of Team GB at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Peter has been involved in an official capacity at seven Olympic Games and more than 20 cycling championships. He has coached men and women to nine world records, gold medals at Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Championships; and over 50 national titles.

He is widely credited as being the architect behind the dramatic rise in the profile and success of British cycling as a result of his pioneering work between 1997 and 2003; establishing its high-performance programme at the Manchester Velodrome.

Peter’s keynote, titled ‘Working in Sport’, will be held in James France CC011, from 4.45pm-5pm. It is open to all staff and students, not just those studying sport-related subjects.

The talk will close the first ever Talk Sport Student Conference. Attendees and industry colleagues are invited to a gin and canape reception in the James France Exhibition Area from 5pm-6.30pm.

For more on the conference or to view the programme, which comprises workshops, a Careers Fair and a reel of industry experts, click here