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'I can be independent and rely on myself'

Ellie Catlin

Ellie Catlin
PhD on competitive balance in rugby union

The idea behind my research is that every team or player in every game should have a 50-50 chance of winning, but in sport now that’s not the case. So I’m measuring that balance or imbalance, using 20 years of points and scores. I want to go to the rugby governing body and say, ‘This is what’s happening, and these are the policy implications.’

By the time I finish I’ll have a PhD and the experience to pursue a career as a lecturer if I want to.

There’s no way I could do it without the funding. I came from a full-time job in a high-end organisation, and to give that up I needed the support.

It also meant I could be independent and rely on myself. I’m the type of person who needs to grow and challenge myself, and this research has given me the opportunity to do that.

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