Lauren Steadman benefits from Sport Scholarship academic flexibility

Pictured with Paul Tilley (Head of Sport and Recreation) and Graham Galbraith (Vice Chancellor)

Name: Lauren Steadman

Sport: Swimming and Paratriathlon

Studying: MSc Business and Management

In September 2016 our star sports scholar, Lauren Steadman, won Silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in Paratriathlon.

This came after Lauren competed at London 2012, became Double World Champion and World #1 – all during her time studying at Portsmouth.

With a busy schedule of academic study and training, we’ve looked at how Lauren was supported through academic flexibility within her Sports Scholarship.

Lauren completed her undergraduate studies at Portsmouth where she gained a 1st Class honours degree in Psychology. Currently, she is in her final year studying a postgraduate degree in Business and Management.

She has had to juggle her studies along with a busy programme of training and international competition, which has meant often missing lectures and other important aspects of her course.

Speaking of her relationship with the University of Portsmouth, Lauren commented:

“The University has been absolutely fantastic in helping me combine my training and studying – without the support I’ve had, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Perhaps the biggest help to Lauren’s academic success has been the academic flexibility provided by the University, negotiated by Paul Tilley, Head of Sport and the Sports Scholarship Scheme Manager.

We’ve highlighted below how  student athletes are currently supported in their academia through our Sports Scholarship Scheme.

By providing this flexibility, the University has shown its commitment to supporting the academic progress of our high performance athletes and Sport Scholars, allowing them to achieve both academically, and within their chosen sport.

1:1 Mentor or Tutor Support –  Athletes will have regular opportunities to meet with the scheme manager or their tutor, to discuss your progress, ambitions, achievements and any concerns.

Academic Timetabling –  Most BUCS fixtures occur on Wednesday afternoon during term time. Because of this, lectures on a Wednesday only occur up until 1pm. Should a lecture occur past 1pm, athletes will not be penalised by the University for competing in a BUCS match.

Study Support – If an athlete’s lectures are not being recorded, recording devices will be made available to them, to ensure they do not miss important information.

Employability – Athletes will receive expert employability advice from the University’s employability team, which prides itself on engaging with industry sectors that matter to students. Its support extends far beyond a careers advisory service, and athletes can access advice up to four years after graduating.

Academic Monitoring – An athlete’s progress will be monitored monthly by tutors, with regular reviews.

Attentiveness – Deputy Deans of each School will be informed of any Sports Scholars studying with them.

Academic Induction – Prior to their course starting, athletes will have an induction with their academic tutor to outline a calendar of academic progress, and align it to the athlete’s sporting calendar.

Holistic Programme – Schools and Faculties will liaise with the Scheme Manager regularly, regarding each athlete’s academic engagement and attainment.

Satisfaction – The University of Portsmouth scores very highly for student satisfaction, with over 3,500 students giving a score of 88% satisfaction in 2016. Our aim is to exceed this average with our athletes and scholars, and to be highly rated by them.


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