Timothy Roberts, BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences

'Studying here exposed me to how the world's leading scientists conduct their research and taught me the high standards necessary to succeed in this field.'
Timothy Roberts

Current role

I am currently working as a sport scientist with the Gatorade Sport Science Institute in Bradenton Florida. In our exercise performance laboratory we work with high school athletes to NFL and NBA superstars, helping them achieve optimal performance through research and education in hydration and nutrition science. I was fortunate enough to get this position only a few months after graduation. In that time I was actively searching for jobs while keeping up to date with the new literature in my area of expertise.

Outline the course you studied at the University of Birmingham and how it benefited you?

I studied Sport and Exercise Science and in my final year I worked with the Exercise Metabolism Research Group investigating the effects for vitamin D supplementation on athletic performance. The Sportex department at the University of Birmingham one of the best in the world. Studying here exposed me to how the world's leading scientists conduct their research and taught me the high standards necessary to succeed in this field.

How did you find your first year in Birmingham?

My first year at Birmingham was very exciting. It took time to adjust to the demands of a busy schedule whilst making time to study, but it was a lot of fun to be involved with so many different things.

How did going to University as a whole benefit you?

The university experience was instrumental in getting me to where I am now. Not only did I gain the knowledge and skills I require for my job, but I was also taught to think independently, work to the highest standards and be driven to succeed. 

How did you find campus life?

Campus life was a lot of fun and being part of the Edgbaston campus created a sense of community that you do not find at universities with city centre campuses. 

How did you find living in Birmingham?

Growing up only an hour from the University, I knew Birmingham well and it was great to be there as a student. The student community was very supportive, whether it was students on your course, from your sport or where you live. 

Did you join any student societies during your studies?

During my studies I was a member of the golf team, managed and played for an intramural 6-aside football team and worked in the Human Performance Laboratory. 

Any tips to pass on to students thinking of coming here?

It is important to quickly find a balance between your studies, your sport and your social life. Make sure you stay motivated to work hard and achieve what you set out to on your 1st day of term as a freshman.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My aspirations for the future are to become a leader in the field of exercise performance testing. Working with elite athletes to assess their physiology, metabolism, nutrition, hydration and functional strength and movement; helping them to achieve optimal performance with proper nutrition, hydration and strength conditioning science.

The video above shows Timothy at work in the lab with Miami heat basketball player Dwyane Wade