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Stuart Lancaster - Human Movement Studies, 1991

Stuart Lancaster was born in Cumbria and started playing rugby at St Bees School before moving to Leeds Polytechnic to study BA (Hons) Human Movement which he completed in 1991, followed by a PGCE in 1992.

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He said: “I did my degree back in '88 and I think the university really helped me broaden my horizons and understanding of sport science at the time.

“For me personally I would say that Leeds Beckett University was integral in my development as a coach. I have always encouraged my rugby players who've gone on to academy level to go to university because it allows them to develop skills outside their rugby environment."

On completing his degree and PGCE in Physical Education, Stuart began a teaching career alongside playing for the then newly formed Leeds RUFC. Unfortunately, Stuart’s playing career came to an end at the age of 30 due to a hamstring injury. He was put in charge of the academy team and continued to progress at the club until he became the Elite Rugby Director at Leeds Carnegie in 2006 overseeing their return to the premiership in 2007.

In December 2011 it was announced that Stuart would head up England's coaching team on an interim basis for the 2012 Six Nations. He guided England to finish in second place in the tournament with four wins from five matches. Following the tournament Stuart was named as permanent England head coach on a contract until January 2016.

Stuart was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science by Leeds Beckett in 2013 for his significant contribution to sport and coaching.

On receiving the award, he said: "It's a huge honour. Twenty years ago, I was sat where the graduating students are sitting, and I have based my career on three principles: relationships, credibility and investing in yourself are key to your success. There is no ABC of importance, do what you say you are going to do and don't wait for someone to give you the opportunities, go and find it."

During the same year Stuart led England to second place in the Six Nations for a second consecutive year and in 2014 he led England to a fourth consecutive second position in the Six Nations. In 2015 he announced his resignation as England head coach and moved to Leinster Rugby in 2016 as senior coach.

Since Stuart’s arrival they have won the Pro 14 Title in 4 consecutive seasons and the European Cup also making one of the best Club teams in the Northern Hemisphere.

Under Stuart’s leadership the club has seen a huge improvement in performance with many more younger players coming through to the first team and 16 Leinster players selected in the Ireland squad for the 2020 Six Nations Championship.

There is a huge optimism amongst the Leinster players and supporters as they believe this is only the start of a new generation and perhaps a new era of success.

“For me personally I would say that Leeds Beckett University was integral in my development as a coach. I have always encouraged my rugby players who've gone on to academy level to go to university because it allows them to develop skills outside their rugby environment.

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