International Rugby success kicks off at WIT

Health Science

Earlier this year as Ireland Rugby Captain Niamh Briggs held aloft the Women’s Six Nations Rugby Championship Trophy, following an incredible tournament, staff and students at Waterford Institute of Technology’s School of Health Sciences had particular

Earlier this year as Ireland Rugby Captain Niamh Briggs held aloft the Women’s Six Nations Rugby Championship Trophy, following an incredible tournament, staff and students at Waterford Institute of Technology’s School of Health Sciences had particular reason to be proud of the Dungarvan woman’s achievements.

As a graduate of the School of Health Sciences, Niamh completed a degree in Exercise and Health Studies and also got her first taste of competitive women’s rugby at WIT.

Reflecting on her time at WIT, Niamh acknowledges that it set her on the path to international sporting success.

“I completed a degree in Health, Sport and Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology. I really enjoyed my experience in college, loved that there was a strong sense of community attached to the college and there was always a great rapport amongst all the students.”

“I also loved that the lecturers often went above and beyond their duty to make sure that everyone got on in their studies and were always willing to help in any way needed.”

When it comes to her passion, rugby, Niamh says, “Most of all I loved that I was attached to such a fantastic sporting third level institution. Here I got a taste of playing ladies football and soccer to a very high level, but it was also where I had my first proper taste of rugby and most definitely set me on my way to international honours! The college has always been massively supportive of me since.”

Waterford Institute of Technology’s School of Health Sciences provides a broad range of programmes. Recreation, coaching, exercise and health promotion are studied at the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, whilst nursing and allied health professions are the focus of the Department of Nursing and Healthcare.

Dr. Michael Harrison, Head of Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science says “With a community of over 650 students and 32 staff, WIT’s Health, Sport and Exercise Science department is the largest in the country.  Our specialised staff gives the department expertise in a wide variety of fields relevant to health, sport and exercise.”

“Ultimately, the student gains an invaluable insight into a variety of programmes which span the health, sport and exercise science field.  Coupled with this, all undergraduate programmes involve work placement for at least one semester. The fitness element of these programmes is accredited, which gives our students access to the Register of Exercise Professionals in Ireland (REPS Ireland) and from this, international recognition.”

With state of the art sporting facilities on campus, students also have access to the Waterford Regional Sports Centre track and a 25m pool at the Waterford Crystal Sports Complex, both adjacent to WIT’s Main Campus.

For More Information

If you think a career in sport or health science and promotion is for you, find out more about the School of Health Sciences departments and courses by visiting www.wit.ie/healthsciences

If you’ve still got questions about your CAO choices, WIT is hosting a drop in clinic daily from Monday 29th June to 1st July, from 11am to 3pm. Or if you can’t make it on to campus, our academics will be available for a live CAO Q&A from 3-5pm on www.wit.ie/cao

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Exercise Sciences (Common Entry)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Sport & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Nutrition & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Health & Exercise Science

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