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Sue Taylor is course leader for the BSc Health and Exercise Science at University Centre Shrewsbury. Her research specialisms are paediatric exercise physiology, childhood obesity and physical activity particularly through active play.

What is a typical day at work for you?

I commute into work, so I usually arrive early, check my emails and then prepare for the day - which usually involves a lecture and practical, some tutorials and maybe a meeting.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I really enjoy meeting students on the first day and over the course of the next three years watching them grow and develop and go on to be successful in their chosen career. 

What has been your proudest moment whilst working at the university?

Seeing the first cohort of students graduate in September 2018, all with first class honours.

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects?

Within our research centre, the Centre for Active Living, we are working on a number of projects including measuring power and energy expenditure in wheelchair users and using an external counterpulsation device to enhance blood circulation.

What is the best thing about the course?

The course is unique in that students complete a degree alongside a group of additional professional exercise qualifications, whilst also undertaking nearly 300 hours of placements across the 3 years of study - this combination improves student employability. 

What might people not know about you?

I swam to national level.

What is the best piece of advice that you could give to a student?

Make the most of every opportunity that is offered to you at UCS (and there will be lots!) as there is something to learn from every occasion. Ask lots of questions and build your CV. 

What makes University Centre Shrewsbury unique?

UCS is very unique. It is a small and friendly place, where students really are at the core of everything we do. The small class sizes mean that as a member of staff I can spend lots of time with students ensuring that they achieve or even exceed their potential. Students at UCS get the chance to be involved in so much more on top of their degree - working on research projects, events and working out in the community, which at larger universities would be the preserve of postgraduate students. Our students leave UCS with a degree and lots of hands-on experience, which enhances their employability chances.


Follow the Active Living team on twitter to get a feel for what they do on the course. If you'd like to learn more about studying Health and Exercise Science at UCS, why not come along to one of our upcoming Visit Days? You can book your place here

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