City university student receives national award

From left, Paul Stanley, Jo Crisp, George Heasman, Mercedes Bevan, Luke Galea and Bethany Bevan from Highbury College

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A STUDENT at the University of Portsmouth has won first prize in the Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year Award.

Richard Haines, 22, studied Sports Science and received the award from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

He is the fourth winner in five years from the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science.

Richard is now studying for his Masters and said winning the top prize was a real boost to his confidence and his dream of becoming a physiologist.

He said: ‘It’s been great to win, it has given me a lot more confidence in my work knowing that it can compete on that level with students from other universities around the country.

‘I was really shocked to be honest, I didn’t expect it at all but I think it was probably down to the approach we took, using an alternative form of statistical analysis which many studies have not used which leads to doubts in the reliability of their results.’

As winner, Richard has been asked to present his research at an annual academic conference.