STC2017 Welcome

Dear All,

The Sport, Health and Exercise Science (SHES) thesis conference (STC2017) is now in its 7th year and continues to go from strength to strength under the guidance and leadership of Dr Caroline Douglas.

The event continues to evolve and provides an excellent showcase of our current undergraduate research activity across a broad range of academic disciplines including human physiology and biochemistry, nutrition, biomechanics, psychology, coaching, and social sciences. This one day conference is seen by many students and staff as one of the highlights of the academic year and reflects the considerable investment in research-led teaching and learning approaches within SHES. The considerable efforts of all our students and staff culminate in this vibrant, conference day of abstracts, posters, and oral presentations in which students from Levels 4 through to 6 participate.

External reviews from within the University of Hull and beyond commend the sector-leading contribution the SHES STC makes towards undergraduate student learning and attainment in both research training and broader graduate skills. Moreover, the conference allows all students to enjoy the collegiality of our unique “conference experience” and to develop their progressive, multi-level, presentation skills. We welcome our returning graduate students, to talk of their experience and successes in developing their early careers in the sport, health and exercise sciences, or alternative career pathways.

For students who are developing their thirst for research and are considering postgraduate study, they should look no further than the University of Hull! Within SHES, we offer the highly innovative MSc programmes in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, and Clinical Exercise Physiology. From September 2017, we are hoping to unveil another exciting new offering, MSc Cancer Rehabilitation. Please contact me directly if you would like more details on any of these programmes.

I wholeheartedly support the aim of this conference to enhance our student experience and exhibit and celebrate our undergraduate research contributions. I would like to thank all SHES students and staff who have contributed to conference abstracts/presentations. In particular, I thank Dr Caroline Douglas (STC Director), Damien Gleadall-Siddall (STC Website Designer), as well as the supporting professional services staff for their hard work and dedication in the organisation of this showcase event.

I hope you enjoy the day and benefit from your conference experience.

Professor Lee Ingle

Head of Sport, Health & Exercise Science

School of Life Sciences