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“As a sporting practitioner within the areas of Performance Analysis and Scouting, my expertise alongside the array of contacts I have built over the past 15 years will be utilised to provide some unique and priceless opportunities for students who choose to study at Portobello.”
My trajectory has always been one that has been in parallel between Academia and Practice and although many think I could have chosen one over the other, my answer has always been that with both means you can do each job better. I need to work in sectors in which I teach so that I can pass on useful and relevant knowledge to students, and I need to know areas of development in academia that can inform practice. I worked hard to secure my positions in very male dominated environments and that is something I am very proud of and not only because it is an achievement for myself but because it shows others (females especially) that it is possible. My passion for Employability has allowed me to integrate this into elite sport and I can confidently say that most students over the past 15 years have benefited from this. The portfolio of students who I have taught over the past 15 years is one to be admired with former students placed in relevant sectors all over the world, some of which are in very high positions within their organisations.
Danielle’s Philosophy to Education
My approach to education is student focused and industry driven. Equipping students with a realistic expectation of what is required within industry is something that must be captured in curriculum design, assessment and teaching practice. My role as a scout for a Premier League academy allows me to embed this into curriculum, share insights from a sector that is rarely seen from those on the outside and try to use my links with industry to help those who sometimes just need that helping hand onto the first rung of a career ladder. My research in Employability has not only proved that industry expectations are crucial, but it has also highlighted that the need for students to be proactive in their own employability is just as important. My motto is very much, I can only help those who are prepared to help themselves.
* PhD: Student Perceptions of Employability (Pending)
* PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
* MA Sports Coaching
* BA (Hons) Sports Coaching
Research / Industry Participation
* Academy Scout: Manchester United
* Content Writer: PFSA
* Former Scout for Tranmere Rovers and Shrewsbury Town FC
* Former Performance Analyst for Shrewsbury Town FC and Fleetwood Town FC
"At Portobello the tutors genuinely care about the students and they want to see them succeed afterwards."
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