Ryan Dennison

BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Sciences
Graduated 2016
Assistant Performance Analyst
Ulster Rugby

Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...

introducing me to performance analysis which I knew was the career I wanted to be involved in. - Ryan Dennison

My Journey

  • Career Timeline

    Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    I took on a few coaching roles through Sports Outreach programmes and these helped develop personal attributes such as teamwork skills.

    Placement was most beneficial to me as I worked as a performance analyst for Ulster Rugby working mainly with the senior team.

  • Career Timeline

    How placement enhanced my employability

    Placement allowed me to become more employable as I developed the skills needed to work as a performance analyst. It also allowed me to develop a relationship with the coaches and staff within Ulster Rugby and from this I began my post which I am currently in.

  • Career Timeline

    Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. The step from placement into a full time post as I was still completing final year.
    2. Once graduated taking on more work, allowing the job to become more demanding.
    3. Ultimately being involved in the teams prep and being there on match night in my eyes is significant week on week.

What would your advice to students be?

Don't be afraid to ask, there may not always be job opportunities but a quick email to a team may set you on your career path you've always wanted.

Throw yourself in at the deep end, take on challenging work as it will enhance your knowledge of the area.
- Ryan Dennison