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Former Inspire Education Group Student Returns as Lecturer

A former student of Stamford College and University Centre Peterborough (UCP), Amy Lomas, has returned to Inspire Education Group (IEG) as a Peterborough College and UCP Lecturer. As part of International Women’s Day 2023, we caught up with Amy to discuss her inspirational success story of working in a male-dominated industry.

Amy began her journey with Inspire Education Group back in 2013, having enrolled on the Level 3 Sports Diploma at Stamford College. After achieving a triple distinction grade, Amy was keen to learn more; “My College course gave me a wide variety of knowledge across all aspects of the sport industry, and I became interested in progressing into Higher Education to complete a degree in sports”. That’s exactly what Amy did – a further three years of study at University Centre Peterborough saw Amy attain a 2:1 undergraduate degree classification in Sports Coaching and Physical Education. Amy commended the quality of the education she received at UCP, “I was able to work with some brilliant minds who were experts in their respective fields and who supported me throughout my academic journey”.

During her Higher Education study, Amy had the opportunity to work with professional teams in the sporting industry. She explained, “I worked as a Sports Analyst for Peterborough United Football Club alongside my undergraduate studies at UCP. Progressing further into my career as an Analyst, I found myself working Championship-side, with Norwich City Football Club. My final key experience saw me working with the fully-established and well-known, Leicester City Women’s Football Team. In these positions, I was able to use the skills I previously learned at College and University to develop innovative methods of analysis. My course modules and work experience inspired me to push myself further and complete a Master’s Degree in Football Coaching & Analysis at UCFB Etihad Campus, Manchester. Achieving a Merit, I then progressed into my current role, as a Lecturer at Peterborough College and University Centre Peterborough”.

While many industries have worked to close the workforce gender gap, some fields, such as sporting, remain male-dominated. But, Amy took this imbalance in her stride, “In my previous experiences in the world of being an Analyst, I found it hard to get into some of the roles, but working as a female in a male-dominant environment was a smooth transition for myself in my current role. I have found working in the team easy, as we all see each other equally, and I have been able to hold my own when it comes to workload and have even been ahead in some aspects. I am passionate about the sporting industry and am keen to pass my knowledge on to others”.

Inspire Education Group is proud to celebrate the achievements of its female staff, students and alumni. While International Women’s Day is a prime opportunity for more focused education and awareness of gender inequality, the Group makes year-round commitments towards addressing both the struggles and accomplishments of women.

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