Mustafa Sarkar

Looking forward to the chat sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Please do not hesiste to ask me anything no matter how big or small!

Favourite Thing: Interviewing elite athletes and hearing about their amazing stories on how they reached the top of their sport.



Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet, 1997-2004


Loughborough University (BSc Sport and Exercise Science, 2005-2008; MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 2009-2010)

Work History:

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Assistant Tax Counsultant); Youth Sport Trust (Researcher)


Loughborough University

Current Job:

PhD student in Sport and Performance Psychology

Me and my work

My work focuses on how the world’s best athletes, such as Olympic and World champions, thrive under pressure.

My Typical Day

There’s no typical day really. Some days I could be doing research, for example conducting interviews or collecting questionnaires from athletes. Other times I could be teaching seminars for undergraduate students and some days I could be mentoring elite athletes to help them perform better in competition.

What I'd do with the money

I’d like to do career talks in schools to promote sport psychology because it’s a subject a lot of people haven’t heard about.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, Ambitious, and Determined.

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

I’d rather be a scientist coz you get to help people become better. As a professional sportsmen, I wouldn’t be comfortable if my private life was constantly exposed!

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

Table tennis because it’s a sport I’ve always enjoyed. I love the fact that you have to such quick reactions!

What did you want to be after you left school?

I initially wanted to be a lawyer but I soon realised it wasn’t my passion.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

On occasions, yes but generally, I was trouble-free!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Interviewed Olympic champions

Tell us a joke.

I’m writing a book about reverse psychology. Please don’t buy it.