Regular exercise linked to student degree attainment

A recent study conducted by the Strategic Planning Team at Manchester Met suggests individuals who participate in ‘regular exercise’ are significantly more likely to achieve first-class degrees than those students who do not.

Students enjoying a Futsal session as part of 'Active Campus'

'Active Campus' allows students of all skill levels to play or learn sports throughout the year at no cost.

University is a time when a students’ attention is stretched in many directions. With lectures, social events and jobs all taking up valuable time, something often has to be dropped by the wayside to make space for the others and too often it is physical activity that is given the boot.

 

However, a recent study conducted by the Strategic Planning Team at Manchester Met suggests this shouldn’t be the case, especially for those looking to maximise their academic potential. The data shows individuals who participate in ‘regular exercise’ are significantly more likely to achieve a good or first-class degree than those students who haven’t.

 

The study defined ‘regular exercise’ as ten or more visits to Active Campus – a weekly programme of free sport and fitness sessions available for all students at the university.

 

The data shows that students who regularly attended an Active Campus session were 56% more likely to attain a good honours degree and 54% more likely to be awarded a first-class degree.  

 

Darren Waldron, Sport Development Manager, said: “We have long known that taking part in physical activity at university is a great way for students to stay active and make friends, but with this data we can now evidence the long-term impact that it has.

 

“We have over 40 free sport and fitness sessions for students to try here at Manchester Met and we can’t wait to see all the new faces this September.”

 

MMU Sport’s Active Campus timetable starts on Monday 23rd September.  

 

View the Active Campus timetable here.

 

 

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