The University of Leicester helps me combine my passion for sport with a drive to pursue a PhD in History. Following my illness, sport played a big part in my rehabilitation and now I’m proud to say I represent my country in wheelchair rugby. And all the while, my studies go from strength to strength.

I contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia when I was 19, and ended up with weaker limbs as a result. While I was on the road to recovery I got hooked on the Paralympic Games in Beijing and felt inspired enough to start playing wheelchair rugby. One thing led to another and now I play for the Leicester Tigers and Great Britain.

Sport’s a massive part of my life, but it isn’t the only thing I’m passionate about. I decided to take my interest in history to the next level by studying for a PhD, and Leicester was always my number one choice. The history department is excellent and has been really supportive of me balancing my studies with sport. I was lucky enough to be granted a Gold Alumni Sports Scholarship, which provides me with a fantastic strength and conditioning coach, and all the facilities I need are right on my doorstep. What more could I ask for?