Laura graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science (International). This included a year of studying at the University of Western Australia. After graduating, Laura worked for a programme aimed at educating young people, and their families, about physical activity, healthy eating, and emotional wellbeing. Following this, Laura made the decision to re-join academia to undertake postgraduate research and was awarded a studentship to begin her PhD journey at Loughborough University in 2019.
Research Title: Developing Graduate Attributes through Sport-based volunteering: an impact study on the Coach and Volunteer Academy
Volunteering in sport is arguably sold to young people as a way to enhance their employability however policies promoting volunteering, at both a national level and individual institutions, are often based on anecdotal information as there is a lack of empirical research. Therefore, this study aims to understand if, and how, volunteering in sport helps university students to develop graduate attributes, underpinned by human and social capital.
- Borrie, L, Kenyon, JA, Downward, P, Harvey, C (2022). Measuring the impact sport-volunteering has on university students' development [Abstract]. In 30th European Sport Management Conference (EASM 2022); Book of Abstracts of the 30th European Sport Management Conference 2022, Innsbruck, Austria.