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Ryan Marshall


Ryan Marshall's novel research, as part of his Masters programme in Sport and Exercise Sciences has led to him winning the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Masters Dissertation of the Year Award 2017.

I couldn’t thank the members of staff more. They have helped shape the person I am today, especially my supervisors Dr Lisa Board and Bill Sheldon. If it wasn’t for them I don’t think I would have flourished as a student and developed a passion for research and pursuing a career in academic research.

You get what you put into university. If you are a motivated student the staff at Sunderland will get the most out of you and really push you. The University has many links for sports and exercise students to develop their CV and professional development; Sunderland AFC, exercise referral schemes and personal training courses.

The sports and exercise science department and the staff are excellent. Small group sizes allow for friendly student/staff interactions and debate. As you spend a lot more time independently running experiments in the labs, you start to develop a closer bond with the members of staff and begin to feel like a colleague rather than a student.

We have excellent state of the art sports sciences labs; physiology, human performance labs, biomechanics, sports injury, a fully kitted out gym (both at CitySpace and in the physiology lab) and full access to state of the art equipment.

I wouldn’t have studied anywhere else.”

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