Sports students on the running track

Sports students will have a unique opportunity to take part in a new conference with leading experts at Edge Hill University.

The first ever Student Academic Conference on 21st November is geared towards those studying on the BA (Hons) Sports Studies and BA (Hons) Sports Development degree programmes and is just one initiative designed to prepare them for the working world when they graduate.

Students will have the opportunity to present a number of topical sports agendas and will also listen to keynote presentations from leading researchers and academics in the field.

Dr Iain Lindsey, Senior Lecturer in Sports Development has spearheaded the initiative with colleagues in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. He explained: “One of the modules on the course has an assessment based on students delivering presentations so the team thought the conference would be an innovative way to encourage the students to learn these skills in a realistic work-orientated context.

“The students will gain many benefits from taking part in the conference. It will give them an opportunity to disseminate their work to a wider audience, to learn from hearing keynote presentations by sport experts from academia and industry and it will allow students to gain experience of participating in the types of conferences that they are likely to encounter once they graduate and in employment.”

Students from all three years will be involved on the day, from hosting parallel presentations and poster exhibitions to publishing a full report on the conference proceedings after the event.

Keynote speakers at the conference include:

  • Richard Parrish, Professor of Sports Law at Edge Hill University, delivering a talk on The Law: Saviour or Destroyer of Sport.
  • Rob Young, North West Co-ordinator for the 2012 Games, talking on The Impact of London 2012 in the North West.

For more information about the conference and to book a place, please email Dr Lindsey at