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Matthew Bursey, Sports Science & PE graduate on his PGCE


Matthew celebrated alongside his peers at our annual graduation in Croke Park in November 2018 and we are delighted to share his journey since completing a BSc in Sports Science and PE at Portobello Institute.  

Matthew is continuing with his education studying his PGCE (Post Graduate Certification in Education) in the UK and is currently enrolled at Exeter University in South West England.

Rugby continues to take centre stage for Matthew in his new college; “I am really enjoying everything over here from the rugby (before I had a knee operation) to the university course”.

The University are extremely supportive about playing university sports which are played on Wednesdays on campus.   “Will Katene, head of the physical education PE course and an ex All Black loves rugby and will do anything he can to get you available to play”.

The Exeter University rugby team in currently the best university in the UK currently sitting at top of the table. “With huge links to Exeter Chiefs we have use of all their resources. There are 6 players on the university team currently with full contracts and are coaches consist the Chiefs senior Such as Henry Slade”.  

The PGCE physical education course is currently one of the leading teacher training university's in the UK and Matthew so far has gained some excellent hands on experience having had the opportunity to speak at conferences and so really develop his pedagogical knowledge for teaching. 

Matthews admits he was never the most academic and that Will has really helped him out this year so far.   The second half of the year is weighty and is divided into two placements where students have the opportunity to teach in a school. In addition, there are significant assignments and projects to be completed over the term.

Matthew is currently looking at suitable options for his research project and is considering really relevant topics including “Students Perceptions of Physical Education in relation to BMI” or “what motivates students in physical education”.

We want to take this opportunity to wish Matthew all the very best as he continues with his studies in Exeter University.

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