Libby Steele is originally from Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Went to Trentham High School and Newcastle-under-Lyme College before coming to Bangor to study.
I chose to study Sport Psychology because of my interest in the subject, my previous experience of studying Physical Education and Psychology at GCSE/A-Level and the career prospects and pathways.
I came to Bangor through clearing, and of the various universities that had given me an offer at clearing, Bangor had the highest league table ranking which helped me to make my decision.
What things did you enjoy most about studying at Bangor?
One of my favourite things about Bangor is the community feel that is present wherever you go – everyone is so polite and welcoming. Academically, I have thoroughly enjoyed my course and all of the lecturers are so approachable which makes it much easier if you have any questions about anything. I have also really enjoyed the range of modules that I have studied, and the amount of applied content as this has enabled me to apply my knowledge to real world situation.
Has studying at Bangor improved your job prospects?
Studying at Bangor has significantly improved my job prospects. Before I came to university, I knew that I wanted to work in the sporting industry but I didn’t have a specific career in mind. Now, at the end of my undergraduate degree, I know that I want to be an academic researcher for deaf sport, with the intention of being an advocate for deaf sport post academic studies.
Did you take part in the Bangor Employability Award?
I completed the BEA 100. It helped me to identify my skills and qualities that are useful and employable. It also improved my reflective skills and has made me more mindful of situations.
I am planning on completing a MRes Sport and Exercise Psychology and hopefully a PhD after that focusing on deaf sport. My research will hopefully be the pioneering force towards developing a new, standardised sensory starting system that will allow fair and inclusive competition for deaf athletes.
How did your experiences at Bangor change your life?
Like most people, coming to university forces you to be independent and I can wholeheartedly say that I am a lot more independent after three years at university. Academically, I had set backs and disappointments with my GCSE and A-Level results and also not getting into my original first choice university. This has all changed whilst being at Bangor and I feel that I have thrived academically. I have gone from doubting my academic ability to being confident and assured in my academic ability.