The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme is a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport. The scheme helps athletes in education to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.
The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme recognises an education institution’s commitment to Dual Career Support for students. Swansea University has recently gained status as the first institution outside of England to be awarded the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Dual Career Accreditation.
The student athlete has a learning contract with the University that they must adhere to, to be eligible for the Academic Flexibility required to pursue a dual career, as defined by TASS. This contract also outlines the University’s responsibilities.
Who is involved in TASS?
Students: 30 maximum; student athletes in any College or School, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Selected based on application to the Swansea University Scholarship Scheme to be a recognised TASS athlete (from 2019/20; for 2018/19 current Scholarship athletes have been selected to be passported onto the TASS scheme)
The Dual Career Coordinator (DCC): is designated role within Sport Swansea, and the role-holder is responsible for liaising with student athletes, academic and professional service staff to ensure the requirements of TASS are followed and students are appropriately supported
TASS College/School Champions: each College/School will identify an individual as a first point of contact for the student athlete and Dual Career Co-ordinator.
What does TASS mean for Colleges/Schools of the University?
- Being aware of, and recognising, TASS student athletes (identified on Student ID card and notification on student record).
- Maintaining communication with the Dual Career Co-ordinator as appropriate.
- Making agreed provision for academic flexibility, for student athletes who have followed contractual and correct procedures (e.g., access to online notes or resources, catch up sessions with lecturers, rescheduled deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances).
How does TASS work?
- Once selected for the TASS, student athletes sign a Dual Career Agreement.
- TASS student athletes provide Dual Career Co-ordinator with key date planning form within the first 8 weeks of the academic year. DCC confirms receipt and details of claimed activities.
- The Dual Career Co-ordinator communicates with College TASS Champions to sign off planning form and put arrangements in place.
- The Dual Career Co-ordinator monitors student attendance and achievement.