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In this session, academic speakers from the University of Leeds, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Edinburgh will introduce the UK's life science, sport and veterinary medicine courses and provide an insight into some of the do's and don'ts of getting a job. Moreover, a panel of current and former students will also share insider information on studying these courses in the UK. 

After the presentations, participating universities will provide further information about their institutions, course offerings, scholarships opportunities, and other topics in individual Zoom breakout rooms. So, if you are planning to apply to one of these institutions, don't forget to get your questions ready! 


10.30 GMT Webinar begins
10.35-11.30 GMT

Expert Panel Discussion         

  • Where could a degree in Veterinary Medicine take you? 
    by Dr Gurå Bergkvist, University of Edinburgh 
  • Delivering life science graduates for the global workplace  
    by Dr Ian Wood, University of Leeds 
  • How to get a job in the business of sport  
    by Dr Mike Rayner and Davey Blofield, University of Portsmouth
  • Q&A (10 minutes) 
11.30-11.55 GMT

Students Sharing 

A day in my life at my university  

  • Seonhu Jeon (South Korea), Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Edinburgh
  • Yu De Chao (Singapore), MBiol Zoology, University of Leeds 
  • Lok Hin Chan (Hong Kong), MSc Sport Management, University of Portsmouth 
  • Q&A (10 minutes) 
11.55-12.15 GMT

Breakout sessions  

  • Online Open Session: Studying at University of Edinburgh 
  • Online Open Session: Studying at University of Leeds  
  • Online Open Session: Studying at University of Portsmouth

Speaker Profile

Dr Gurå Bergkvist  
Senior Lecturer, Director Student Recruitment and Admissions 
University of Edinburgh 

Originally from Norway, I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2003. After four years in mixed and small animal practice, I returned to the R(D)SVS to do a PhD in molecular oncology. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in veterinary anatomy, and Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions. [Profile

Dr Ian Wood  
Pro-Dean for International 
School of Biomedical Sciences  
University of Leeds

Dr Ian Wood joined Leeds after studying at Imperial College, University College London and Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla. His research focuses on epigenetic contribution to ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. I teach molecular neuroscience to all of our students, some of whom undertake their research projects as part of my laboratory [Profile

Dr Mike Rayner  
Associate Head (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships)  
School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science 
University of Portsmouth 

Dr Mike Rayner is a Sports Management practitioner, with his consultancy work spanning a diverse range of clients including elite athletes, coaches and support staff, business executives, National Governing Bodies, Professional Sports Clubs and Government Agencies. [Profile]  

Davey Blofield  
Teaching Fellow 
School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science 
University of Portsmouth 

Until recently, Davey was the Head of Research for the leading sports recruitment consultancy, Executives in Sport Group. For over six years, he supported Liverpool Football Club, F1, England Netball, and The Jockey Club recruit key talent across their entire business. He is now a Teaching Fellow in Sport Management at The University of Portsmouth where he is helping develop the future leaders of the sports industry. [Profile