Parade Profile: Kunle Odetoyinbo (DHealth 2019) 

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Dr Kunle Odetoyinbo studied remotely at Bath as a mature student, seeking a professional doctorate in health and sports science. Now a performance consultant for the Premier League, he tells us how Bath helped him achieve his goals. 


A suave, smiling man wearing a blue suit, posing with his arms folded against a grey backdrop.Why did you choose to study at Bath?  

I chose to study at Bath primarily because of the University's excellent reputation in the field of health and sports science. Bath is known for its cutting-edge research, experienced faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, which made it the ideal choice for advancing my career in this field.  

Additionally, as a mature student, I needed a course that balanced my working arrangements with my personal life. 


 Can you tell us about your experience of studying long-distance at Bath? Did you ever get the chance to make use of the sports facilities? 

Studying long-distance at Bath was a very challenging yet rewarding experience. The University offered comprehensive online resources and support, which helped bridge the gap between remote learning and in-person instruction.  

I did have the opportunity to visit Bath a few times during my course and made full use of all resources, including the Library. My interactions with staff and  fellow students were also key. 


Describe your career journey since gaining your professional doctorate.  

Since gaining my professional doctorate, my career journey has been progressive. I already had 25 years’ experience working in elite sport and soon after leaving Bath took on a role at the Premier League.  


What is a typical day like in your current role?    

A typical day as a performance consultant involves interacting with a wide variety of football stakeholders including coaches, managers, medical and sport science staff, and other governing bodies including The Football Association and English Football League.  

I currently work within an interdisciplinary team covering education and player care, coaching, leadership and management and performance support. 


How did your doctorate studies help you to develop?   

My doctorate studies at Bath played a pivotal role in my professional and personal development. Academically, it provided me with a deep understanding of the latest research methodologies and trends in health and sports science.  

It also allowed to continue collaborating with my supervisor with the purpose of producing publications and continuing research engagement. 


What areas of the University's research most appealed to you?  

The University of Bath's research in health and sports science has always been impressive. I was particularly drawn to their work in sports performance optimisation and injury. 

I always believe more attention should be given to interdisciplinary research, combining the expertise of health professionals, sports scientists, and engineers to develop innovative solutions in this field and the professional doctorate allowed me to develop this area. 


What advice would you give to prospective students thinking about studying your course at Bath?  

To prospective students considering studying health and sports science at Bath, I would say that it is a fantastic choice if you are passionate about physical activity.  

Be prepared to work hard and manage your time effectively, especially if you are studying long distance. Take advantage of the wealth of resources the university offers, including research opportunities and access to top-tier sports facilities 

Lastly, do not hesitate to fully engage with your lecturers and peers – they can provide invaluable insights and support throughout your academic journey. 

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