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Stephen Irvine

BSc (Hons) Sports Studies
Graduated 2013
Lecturer and Coach
Southern Regional College and Ulster Rugby

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

developing my understanding and knowledge in the area sport and showing me how sport can be used as a tool to develop and integrate societies to live together. Ulster empowered me to achieve my goals. - Stephen Irvine

My Journey

  • Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    University was very instrumental in my development especially through modules such as 'Sport in Society' and 'Physical Education'. These modules gave me the insight into empowering me to develop and learn the key areas for my job.


    Volunteering and coaching at Gymfun helped me develop my coaching in all aspects and gave me confidence to develop as a coach and help make life long friends.


  • How placement enhanced my employability

    Coaching throughout my degree helped me to develop my skills.

  • Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. Being a sports lecture for the Southern Regional College and helping develop students who are looking to further themselves in sport. Developing students and empowering them for life to try and reach their goals.
    2. Running and managing the DCAL program for Ulster Rugby on a short term contract. Setting up new community gyms, new female rugby teams and new disability teams. This has given me great passion and pride to help develop programs in the future which help benefit local communities.
    3. Being a local community rugby officer for Ulster Rugby in my local community has given me a great sense of empowerment to see young people develop and grow in my local community and is one of the most enriching jobs to have.

What would your advice to students be?

Listen to your lecturers who have great insight and knowledge into all areas of sport.

Take a placement year outside of Northern Ireland and try to look for somewhere that has a further developed area of work that you would like to work in. This will give you insight to see how programmes can be delivered and developed back in Northern Ireland.
- Stephen Irvine