Hartpury student Megan heading to Japan in major first for UK


University Centre Hartpury’s Megan Jeffery has become the first UK student to be accepted on to a highly prestigious programme in Japan for ‘future leaders in world sport’.

The third year BA (Hons) Sports Business Management degree student has won a place on the Sport and Olympic Studies Master’s Programme at the Tsukuba International Academy for Sports Studies (TIAS) with a full international scholarship.

In October, Megan will be joining the fourth of the student cohorts on the 18-month programme, ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Sport and Olympic Studies Master’s Programme is linked to the Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee’s legacy plans, the International Olympic Committee, the Japan Sports Agency and major global sports universities.

Megan was required to produce a research proposal to a panel of academics from TIAS via Skype.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been accepted on to the course – I don’t think it’s actually quite sunk in yet,” said Megan.

“My research proposal focused on how to prevent stadiums and arenas going to waste post-Olympic Games, which was a topic on one of the modules we’ve studied at Hartpury that I have found really interesting.

“Now I’m looking forward to exploring the subject in more detail on the programme in Japan, which will include visits to London and Athens so I can study their Olympic legacies and recommend how Japan can learn lessons.

“I’m so happy that one of my lecturers at Hartpury, Dr Helen Symons, encouraged me to apply for a place on the programme, which I wouldn’t have even known about but for Hartpury.

“All my lecturers on the Sport Business Management degree at Hartpury have encouraged and challenged me, helping me to achieve things I thought were beyond my capabilities.”

Dr Symons, Hartpury Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Development and a TIAS alumni, attributed Megan’s success to her hard work, engagement and professionalism while studying at Hartpury.

“The programme only accepts people they feel are ‘future leaders in sport’ and students and graduates of the programme come from all over the world – India, Rwanda, Taiwan, Russia, Indonesia to name a few,” added Dr Symons.

“Megan will potentially be able to work with members of National Olympic Committees, who are on the programme, will have access to large organisations linked to sport and mega events, and will be studying only an hour away from Tokyo.

“The whole Sport Business Management team wish her all the best going forward to take up her place on the prestigious master’s at Tsukuba.”

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