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Inspiring Minds: Sport

What is Inspiring Minds?

Inspiring Minds is an excellent opportunity for post-16 students to learn more about the options available at university, through a series of academic taster days focusing around different subject areas. The events allow students to enhance current studies and experience studying their chosen subject area at undergraduate level through a range of topical taster sessions, including lectures and workshops, delivered by our academic teaching staff. Ultimately, the events aim to help students make informed decisions about their higher education options, by exploring subject areas in greater depth and developing an understanding of university level study.

Attendees can also learn more about applying to higher education and university life with informative sessions covering a range of topics such as UCAS applications, personal statements and student finance. Our current students will be available to answer any questions and offer tours of our stunning 440-acre single-site campus. Where possible, we will also provide the opportunity to meet some of our graduates, providing an insight to their career paths after studying at Loughborough.

Furthermore, attending these events can make a great addition to a student’s personal statement, helping them to stand out as part of the university application process.

Individual students, as well as school and college groups, are welcome. The events are free of charge to attend (excluding the cost of travel to Loughborough) and lunch is provided for students.

Please note that the primary purpose of these events is not to provide detailed information on the specific content of our degree courses, but to allow students the opportunity to experience university level study through a range of undergraduate level taster sessions. Course information can be found using our online prospectus and brochures will be provided to take away with this information.

Inspiring Minds: Sport

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 | Loughborough Campus

This event is for those students interested in studying a sports-related subject at university, to find out more about the options available to them. Students have the opportunity to attend their choice of example lectures from the department, hear from some of our sports graduates and take a tour of our stunning 440 acre campus and facilities.

Some of the feedback received last year includes:

"I just wanted to pass on my thanks to everyone involved in the Inspiring Minds day. My son and indeed ourselves were blown away by the welcome, the workshops/lectures and facilities. It was really really good"

"The day inspired me by showing me the many career paths that University can take you"

"The sessions were well presented and interactive, with interesting subject matters"

"My son and I had a great day at the Inspiring Minds Sport event. It was well run and every bit of it was useful to both of us. When you know what you're wanting to do, this is a much better way of visiting the University to find out relevant information"

Please see below for the timetable of the day, which outlines the typical sessions available to students.

Our next Inspiring Minds Sport event will take place in the 2020-21 academic year. To register your interest, please click below.

09:00 - 09:30: Registration and University Exhibition

Registration open for visitors - personalised timetables will be provided on arrival, with the chance to speak to representatives from across the university

09:30 - 09:45: Welcome

An introduction and welcome to the day from the event organiser

09:45 - 10:00: Careers in Sport

A short talk from the Loughborough University Careers Network on the potential career paths available to sports graduates, with an insight to graduate destinations from Loughborough University

10:00 - 10:50: Session 1

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Sport, Coaching & Physical Education
    • The principal aim of our Sport, Coaching and Physical Education course is to provide a multi-disciplinary and practically-based approach to the contemporary study of sport, coaching and physical education, underpinned by both sport and exercise science, and critical social and health perspectives. Learn more with this topical taster session from our new course with Dr Julie Stirrup, Lecturer in PE and Sport Pedagogy
  • Sport & Exercise Science
    • Sport and exercise scientists are in increasing demand, particularly given the drive of professional athletes to maximise their potential and the efforts of health officials to encourage participation in exercise and physical activity. Find out more during this topical taster session with Dr James King, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
  • Fitness Testing Workshop
    • Learn what fitness is, the different components of fitness and how fitness can be tested
    • Understand why fitness testing is carried out and the conditions that fitness testing takes place, as well as how athletes and coaches use fitness testing to improve performance
    • Try out a variety of fitness tests including; speed, agility, leg power and hand grip strength tests and collect the data to take away using speed gaits, jump mats and hand grip dynamometers
  • Sports-based Campus Tour
    • Take a tour of some of our world-class sports facilities with current students
  • UCAS Applications and Personal Statements
    • Learn more about completing the UCAS application form and how to write a great personal statement

11:00 - 11:50: Session 2

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Sport, Coaching & Physical Education
    • The principal aim of our Sport, Coaching and Physical Education course is to provide a multi-disciplinary and practically-based approach to the contemporary study of sport, coaching and physical education, underpinned by both sport and exercise science, and critical social and health perspectives. Learn more with this topical taster session from our new course with Dr Julie Stirrup, Lecturer in PE and Sport Pedagogy
  • Sport & Exercise Science
    • Sport and exercise scientists are in increasing demand, particularly given the drive of professional athletes to maximise their potential and the efforts of health officials to encourage participation in exercise and physical activity. Find out more during this topical taster session with Dr James King, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
  • Fitness Testing Workshop
    • Learn what fitness is, the different components of fitness and how fitness can be tested
    • Understand why fitness testing is carried out and the conditions that fitness testing takes place, as well as how athletes and coaches use fitness testing to improve performance
    • Try out a variety of fitness tests including; speed, agility, leg power and hand grip strength tests and collect the data to take away using speed gaits, jump mats and hand grip dynamometers
  • Sports-based Campus Tour
    • Take a tour of some of our world-class sports facilities with current students
  • UCAS Applications and Personal Statements
    • Learn more about completing the UCAS application form and how to write a great personal statement

12:00 - 12:30: Sports Alumni Panel

Hear from some of our sports graduates for an insight to their university experiences and career paths

12:30 - 13:00: Lunch

A complimentary lunch will be provided for students

On-site outlets are available for additional visitors (parents/guardians/carers) to purchase lunch

13:00 - 13:50: Session 3

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Sport Management
    • Sport is a global and expanding industry that unites commercial, public and third sector stakeholders, with exciting opportunities for graduates that understand the sports industry, in addition to the business, finance and management sectors. Discover more during this taster session with Dr Carolynne Mason, Lecturer in Sport Management
  • Sport Technology
    • Sports Technology combines the excellence of both Sports Science and Technology, focusing upon the design and manufacture of sports equipment. Find out more during this session with Dr Paul Sherratt, Senior Lecturer in Sports Technology
  • Fitness Testing Workshop
    • Learn what fitness is, the different components of fitness and how fitness can be tested
    • Understand why fitness testing is carried out and the conditions that fitness testing takes place, as well as how athletes and coaches use fitness testing to improve performance
    • Try out a variety of fitness tests including; speed, agility, leg power and hand grip strength tests and collect the data to take away using speed gaits, jump mats and hand grip dynamometers
  • Sports-based Campus Tour
    • Take a tour of some of our world-class sports facilities with current students
  • Student Fees and Finance
    • Learn all about the different aspects of student finance, including financial support available, how to apply and the repayment structure

14:00 - 14:50: Session 4

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Sport Management
    • Sport is a global and expanding industry that unites commercial, public and third sector stakeholders, with exciting opportunities for graduates that understand the sports industry, in addition to the business, finance and management sectors. Discover more during this taster session with Dr Carolynne Mason, Lecturer in Sport Management
  • Sport Psychology
    • The role of a sport and exercise psychologist is vital to the world of sport and integral to population health. Find out more during this topical taster session with Sport & Performance Psychology Lead, Dr Karl Steptoe
  • Fitness Testing Workshop
    • Learn what fitness is, the different components of fitness and how fitness can be tested
    • Understand why fitness testing is carried out and the conditions that fitness testing takes place, as well as how athletes and coaches use fitness testing to improve performance
    • Try out a variety of fitness tests including; speed, agility, leg power and hand grip strength tests and collect the data to take away using speed gaits, jump mats and hand grip dynamometers
  • Sports-based Campus Tour
    • Take a tour of some of our world-class sports facilities with current students
  • Student Fees and Finance
    • Learn all about the different aspects of student finance, including financial support available, how to apply and the repayment structure

14:50 - 15:00: Evaluations and Close

Closure of the main event and completion of feedback forms

15:00 - 16:30: Campus Tours (Optional)

The chance to take a tour of our stunning 440 acre single-site campus and facilities with current students