Case study

Assistant lecturer in sports therapy — Leanne Maria Raymond

Recent experience of her course helps Leanne to relate to the students she now teaches

How did you get your job?

I graduated in sports therapy and then carried on to study for a Masters in strength and conditioning, both at Coventry University, graduating in 2015.

I was self-employed after graduation until starting this role. I worked as head sports therapist for a local rugby club. I was appointed England’s divisional sports therapist for the women's rugby academy and I treated clients privately. Alongside that, I acted as a placement supervisor for Coventry University at Strachan Football Academy. I enjoyed working with students so applied for my current role.

What's a typical day like?

I check emails and prepare for my lessons. On my busiest days I teach for six hours. I spend a lot of time marking. Outside term time I get involved with research projects. I also help module leaders develop the courses for the upcoming year.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the interaction with students - to see them develop through the academic year is really rewarding.

What are the challenges?

Deadlines and teaching responsibilities are intense during term time. You have to balance your time so you don't get behind on marking, teaching preparation or student support.

How relevant is your degree?

Both my degrees are extremely relevant and recent experience of the course helps me to relate to the students.

How has your role developed?

My responsibilities and teaching workload have increased. I have also been involved in a lot more research and have sent my first research paper as first author off to publication. I have recently completed Level 1 of my PGcert, which has helped me to improve my teaching style.

My ambition is to stay within academia and I aim to start my PhD in the near future.

What advice can you give others?

Always be reliable and efficient and take the opportunities that are offered to you. If opportunities are not offered to you then it is your responsibility to go out and find them. At the end of your degree stand out by building your experience and your reputation by volunteering. Communication is important to interact with staff and students at all levels.

Finally, know your stuff; to be a good sports therapist you need to be good at what you do practically and be able to back it up with knowledge.

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