Dan Connolly, who was assessed by Prof. Andrew Parker from the University of Gloucestershire, completed his MSc by research thesis on the career aspirations of sports students in Further Education by completing an ethnographic study through his role as a lecturer in the field. Dan undertook formal and informal (auto)ethnographic observations and semi-structured group interviews to unearth the internalised and often latent cultural practices that impact upon these students’ diverse career aspirations in the field of further education in sport. Dan has previously presented his work at the European Association for the Sociology of Sport conference in Turin. Dan is now continuing his career as a lecturer in South Yorkshire.
Rachel Williams also completed her MSc by research and was assessed by Prof. Andrew Sparkes of Leeds Metropolitan University. Rachel investigated post-partum women’s experiences of aquatic leisure with their children comprising of twenty semi-structured interviews together with non-participant observations at recreational swimming sessions and aqua baby classes. Her results showed that through maternal responsibilities the presence of the ‘dependent’ bodies of babies’ shifted woman’s intercorporeality away from the self towards their child. Rachel has presented her work previously at the European Association for the Sociology of Sport conference in Utrecht, the Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise conference at Loughborough University, and in several local conferences. Rachel will be continuing her PhD studies at the University of Lincoln with Dr. Adam Evans and Dr. Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson.