Charlie Dean

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Healthcare
Job title: Health Advisor
Subject of study: Exercise and Sport Sciences / Sport and Health Sciences
Year of graduation: 2014
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught, Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name


What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Following my education at the University of Exeter I have gone on to work for Beet It Sport, Nuffield Health and Bupa. I currently work for Bupa as a health adviser and have been with the company now for five and a half years and I have to say I genuinely love my job and my life. I am very grateful to have a career I am passionate in, inspired by exceptional education at the University of Exeter. The passion, motivation and desire to learn and be the best version of myself has never stopped!

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I’ve always been fascinated by human performance and how we can be the best version of ourselves. Initially this was in relation to sports performance but now I channel this interest very much in to health and wellbeing. Again, I am very grateful to have a platform through my job to transfer the knowledge I have and continue to acquire, to people in real world situations.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I haven’t a bad word to say about my time in Exeter. I still visit back regularly with friends I studied with and also met my now fiance at Exeter and we are getting married in Exeter in October 2023! I loved the city, the campuses (especially St. Lukes) and the education I received, I was genuinely so inspired by my great lecturers at the University, they have definitely played a big part in my professional life. I am a football fan in particular and represented the University football team in local leagues and in BUCS and still play for the Exeter Old Boys Football Club based London, with many I played with during my time at Exeter. I also worked for Exeter City F.C in a sports science placement role during my time at the University.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The world class teaching, science is science and it is all brought to life in to the real world by delivery. A special shout out to Professor Richard Winsley for this.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Everything, the sport, the great people, the world class education, the green campuses, the night life. If I had to pick one, my exercise physiology lectures.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Proximity to the beach, good weather, high ranking Institute, affordable (compared to London), work opportunities 

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Everything, the sport, the great people, the world class education, the green campuses, the night life. If I had to pick one, my exercise physiology lectures.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Gain practical skills and practice transferring scientific information in to terms people without your knowledge base can understand and utilise in the real world.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to stay with Bupa and in my current job role for the time being. I still love what I do and thrive everyday in my life so there’s no need to change just yet.


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