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Sam Munkley

Sport Management

Sport-Management_Student_Sam-MunkleyWhat appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

I’m originally from North London just outside Watford.  In choosing a place to study I wanted a complete change in lifestyle, to move to a city with friendlier people and a lower cost of living. Northumbria appealed to me because of its brand new sports facility. I had also heard that Northumbria graduates had a high employability rate.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?

I love the idea of studying both sport and business, and always wanted to be my own boss whether it be in facility management, sporting organisation or National Governing Body. Therefore Sport Management is perfect for a career in this area.

What qualifications did you have?

I applied via UCAS with the following A Levels:  PE (A), Business (B), History (C).

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

It was exciting to meet new people, develop some real independence, study a subject that’s relevant to my future, utilise the perks of a sport scholarship, sample nightlife and generally become a student.

What do you like most about the course?

I like learning about aspects of the sports industry that are relevant to things that are happening at this point in time and the lead up to the 2012 Olympics. I also like the amount of independence involved, allowing me to take responsibility for my own learning and to research particular areas that appeal to me.

How do you get on with your tutors?

Tutors are good, always willing to offer advice or support when you need and take time to get to know you on a one-to-one basis.

Do you have the opportunity for any work placements during your course?

Yes I think in my second year.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I spend a lot of time training. I’m a swimmer and I'm in the pool 20 hours a week and in the gym four hours a week. Otherwise I spend time sleeping, studying, eating or socialising with friends. One of the best things about Newcastle is everything is on your doorstep and it’s really cheap. It has absolutely everything you could want from a city!

What’s your accommodation like?

I live in Camden Court. Accomodation is okay, I have everything I need and it's nice and close.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

I would like to begin in a key sporting organisation like Sport England to help provide a service to young people and gain a good understanding of the industry. Then develop a global chain of leisure centres with very successful swimming schools and links to successful clubs.

Have you used Student Services during your course?

Not yet, but may use the Careers Service to see what particular attributes and experience will be useful for my future.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general?

Try to save as much money as possible before coming!

What three words would you use to describe your time at Northumbria?

Interesting, Opportunity, Independent.

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