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Sector-leading sports conference welcomes hundreds of undergraduates

More than 450 sports science, coaching and rehabilitation students from the University of Hull are taking part in a unique conference showcasing innovative undergraduate research.

The annual Student Thesis Conference, organised by the Sport, Health and Exercise Science (SHES) Department, will take place on March 10, and will see students given the chance to listen to a range of successful returning Alumni speakers, as well as present dissertation proposals or findings from their own studies.

Since the conference began in 2011, it has grown into a sector-leading undergraduate event, unrivalled at other Universities.

Head of Department, Professor Sean Carroll said:

This whole day conference event is one of the highlights of the academic year and reflects the considerable investment in research-led teaching and learning approaches within the department.

This distinctive event is at the heart of the student experience in the department, with first, second and final-year students all involved in the day.

Each year the department invites back former students who are now working at high levels within the field to inspire the current cohort to develop their own careers.

This year’s keynote speaker is University graduate Michael Holinski, UK Account Manager for Prozone Sports, which provide cutting-edge sports performance analysis for elite sports teams.

Also speaking will be another graduate, Robert Svenson, who is now a Sports Scientist at Premier League, Stoke City FC.

Conference Director, Dr Caroline Douglas, lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at the University, said:

The conference provides a uniquely vibrant inter-disciplinary platform for our students to share their research with staff, fellow students and postgraduates.

First-year students will attend the conference as delegates and will be able to ask questions, as well as experience the range of research opportunities available and undertaken in Sport, Health and Exercise.

Second-year students present posters outlining their dissertation plans for the next academic year.

The final-year students give six-minute power point presentations about their research projects, which aims to give them the chance to showcase their results, as well as developing communication and presentation skills.

With 450 delegates expected to attend this year, there will be more than 200 student presentations.

Invited Exhibitors who recruit from the student body are also attending including: Flying Futures, The British Army, Pro-Football Support, Campus Sport, and the University Careers Service.

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