Dr John Kelly (BA (Hons) Sports and Human Movement Studies, 1998) is now a lecturer at Edinburgh University, he got in touch to tell us a bit about his time at Cardiff Met (UWIC) which is where he spent some "of the most amazing years of his life".
"Wow, I cannot believe it has been so long since I left UWIC. How time flies. If I could do it all again, I would".
1. What made you chose Cardiff Met (UWIC)?
I had heard it was one of the best places to study sport in the UK and they offered me an interview and I loved the feel of the campus when I went for interview.
2. Which of your lecturers do you remember fondly?
Scott Fleming, Paul Davis, Geraldine Hurl spring to mind but every one of them were fantastic.
3. What are some of your fondest memories?
Being out on the astro turf learning to play hockey (which I had never played before), working in labs doing the science of human movement and the fantastic seminar discussions in sociology and philosophy of sport classes. The discussions were in-depth and lecturers facilitated student based learning. Of course, Friday nights in the Cyncoed pub were among the greatest nights of my life. Oh the memories…….lol.
4. What has been your career path since graduating?
After leaving UWIC, I worked as a residential-based student activities co-ordinator at the International Study Centre, Herstmonceux (East Sussex), owned by Queen's University (Ontario). I coordinated orientation week activities, the end of term festivities as well as numerous term time sporting and cultural trips/activities. During this period I completed a part-time Masters in Sport and Leisure Cultures at the University of Brighton. On completion of my Masters I worked at Brighton University and Roehampton University as a visiting lecturer in the sociology of sport. I then managed to win a studentship to complete a full-time PhD at Loughborough University. I worked on a part-time basis at Loughborough University as a student sub-warden in the halls of residence whilst completing my doctorate. In February 2007 I undertook my first post-doctorate position as a senior lecturer in the sociology of sport at the University of Worcester before moving to Edinburgh in September 2008.
5. Do you have any advice for recent Cardiff Met graduates?
Work hard at looking for your dream job and don’t worry about making mistakes, we all make them. Make the luck come to you by putting yourself into positions where you can benefit from good fortune. For instance, due to travelling distance it actually cost me money to be a visiting lecturer in London just before I secured my funded Phd but I am sure this experience helped me secure the Phd funding and it certainly helped me cope with my first lecturing job.
6. Are you in touch with any other Cardiff Met alumni?
Yes, Grant Davis from the same course and year.