April 1, 2019

After college, I had studied Dance at a vocational dance school. A year of intense training later and I was no longer certain that this was the career I wanted to pursue. I made the decision to take a year out of education and reconsider my options.

I decided to apply for a Sport Coaching degree after visiting Cardiff Met and researching their courses. The Sport Coaching degree at Cardiff Met offered a pathway which allowed me to focus on Dance, whilst learning other coaching skills. I knew this would broaden my career opportunities, and give me the variety I had craved whilst studying dance. And so, my journey began…

Image of dance practice with the dance society
Setting up the Cardiff Met Dance Society, and dancing with these girls was a real highlight!

I was introduced to Sociology in Sport as a module in my first year, and this was where I found my ‘niche’. I became increasingly curious to understand the intricacies of society and culture; how Sport as an institution organised itself; how athletes told unique stories about their experiences, through their finely-tuned bodies; where the boundaries between Art and Sport were drawn; and, broader ethical questions on sportsmanship.

I opted to write my dissertation through a sociological perspective, and then went on to study my MA Sport, Body and Society – now known as the MA Sociology and Ethics of Sport.

A surprise visit by the Dean when I received an Edes and Ravenscroft Scholarship in second year.
A surprise visit by the Dean when I received an Edes and Ravenscroft Scholarship in second year.

I loved every minute of my undergraduate degree, so it was a no-brainer deciding to do a Master’s. I chose to continue studying at Cardiff Met because of the course, the staff and the culture.

  • The course was truly diverse offering a focus on philosophy in sport, whilst also allowing me the freedom to explore the topics I found most thought-provoking through a socio-cultural lens.
  • The staff were incredibly supportive, always pushing me to achieve more. Lectures and seminars were always student-centred, and the staff are incredible academics who embody a true ethos of care.
  • And finally, the culture. Cardiff is a great city, with the most amazing people. I have so many fond memories, and it will always hold a special place in my heart!

Since graduating from Cardiff Met in 2017, I have secured a job working at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and am currently working under their flagship Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme, which aims to attract and develop research and innovation talent in the UK, by funding early-career researchers/innovators to “tackle difficult and novel challenges”. The work is note-worthy, exciting and the impact far-reaching; I feel proud when I explain to people what I do.

I am the biggest advocate of studying at Cardiff Met; I felt encouraged to do more, be better and push myself.

If you’re considering a degree at Cardiff Met – take the leap! Welcome change as a great adventure; the destination may not always be clear, but that doesn’t mean the journey isn’t worth taking.