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Colin Stromsoy

Career Path: Director of Sport, Northumbria University
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I have always been mad about sport ever since I can remember and passionate about the benefits it provides to individuals, teams and communities. I have always loved the way in which more than anything else in my experience it has the capacity to bring people together irrespective of background, religion, race, income level etc. For these and other reasons, I always wanted my career to be in sport.

What are you doing now?

I am the proud Director of Sport at Northumbria University, the very place I studied for my masters degree and I absolutely love my job. A job which enables me and the team to make such a positive difference to the students, staff and other stakeholders here at the university.MSC Sport Management Colin Stromsoy

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I loved the diversity of both the University and city and the course was appealling as it had experienced lecturers who could also point to experience in industry.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I loved studying at Northumbria and was the last group to study at Longhirst Hall in Morpeth. It gave us all the chance to get out into the country and study in a truly inspiring location even if it was a bit far out of the city! There was a great mix of lectures, seminars and one to one feedback that was always helpful.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

Their passion and ability to relate academic theory to practice.

How connected was your course with industry?

It was very well connected to industry. Whilst I did not have a placement, there was the opportunity for one had I wanted one. I did benefit from some great and inspiring guest lecturers from across the world.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It qualified me at a level that was more commensurate with my experience.

What was the best thing about your course?

The variety of subjects and the great learning environment that had been created.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Research methods, strategy and organisational culture.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The whole student experience in sport, studying and playing.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Go for it, it will be a positive life changing decision and once here get involved in the brilliant sport experience!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun and life-changing.

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