Awarded grants

Name of recipient/s Title and Overview of project
Lucy Pocknell, Senior Lecturer.

Kick-Start & Fidget Dance Company: Choreographic Project.

Artist in residence project. 2 emerging professional contemporary dancers and choreographers from James Wilton Dance Company, commissioned to lead workshops and create work to be added to company repertoire and for performance as part of Target Dance 2015 at the Congress Theatre.

Find out more about this successful project here.

Maria Gebbels, Phd student

Flashes for excellence.

Targeted at hospitality students – short sessions sharing best practice

(staff, guest presenters , former students) addressing themes suggested by students to develop and enhance their practical knowledge and skills. Project extended to include supporting students to participate in Passion 4 Hospitality completion.

Find out more about this successful project here.

Dr Gill Lines, Principal lecturer

Revealing the Hidden Histories of ‘Chelsea alumni’ – Women in Sport & Physical Education over the last century.

Oral histories project to capture the voices of Chelsea female graduates from the 1960s. Grant provides funds to conduct interviews with case study group.


Jack Wilkinson, Lecturer

Making accessible a small scale collection of sport and PE related historical documents and papers.


John Lambert, Senior Lecturer

Rugby World Cup: Team Base

Linked to UOB hosting South Africa Rugby, funds used to cover branded kit and expenses for student volunteers who will support the various events.

Also, to cover expenses related to hosting primary school inclusive touch rugby tournament.

Find out more about this successful project here.

Mollie Eyles , (BA(Hons) PE yr 2

Value-based learning and training and photo montage

Funding used to contribute to expenses for care workers from partnership organisations linked to Chelsea Children’s camp to attend values based training at the university.   Creation of photo montage celebrating the work of CCC

Oliver Gibson, Phd student

Does Heat Acclimation attenuate the physiological and cellular stress response to hypoxia?

Funding to facilitate the analysis of genes associated with exercise in both hot conditions and at altitude. Part of a bigger project to investigate physiological adaptations linked to crossover benefits between adaptations made when training in the heat and exercise performance at high altitude.

Find out more about this successful project here.

Fiona Smith, Principal lecturer and Matt Brown , former PGCE now free-lance artist

Kick-Start Dance Company ‘ Teckers’: An Introduction to dance Technique for Boys.

A two part project involving the creation of an instructional DVD presented in an ‘accessible and boy friendly way’ and a series of intensive workshops to promote in-depth understanding.

Find out more about this successful project here.


Alex Bliss,

South Africa Seminar; Rugby World Cup

An evening seminar focusing on topics related to sport science in elite rugby led by Sport Scientist and Doctor from South Africa Rugby. The event will be open to students, staff and rugby enthusiasts from the local community.

Find out more about this successful project here.

Dr Jayne Cadwell, and Graham Spacey, Projects Officer

F4P v Homophobia: Celebrating 5 years of student led community action.

Building on an established project which includes football festivals and symposiums the grant will assist the project to become more pronounced and accessible to new community partners.


Dr Marina Novelli

Turtles’ SOS The Gambia’– Sandele Turtle Conservation and Observatory Station.

Building on an important outcome of the Peer2peer University-Community partnership between SASM, Sandele and Kartong village this project will support training turtle monitors, the production of interpretations materials and refurbishment of the host ‘station’;

Find out more about this successful project here.

Sophie Thomas, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Fitness Fights Falls

The project will develop a community programme, using evidence- based activities, to improve strength and mobility to reduce falls in the elderly.

Student volunteers will gain a specialist vocational qualification alongside their degree course to enable them to design, deliver and evaluate a falls prevention exercise programme in local care homes.

Sophie Loveday, MA Sport and International Development and Professor Marina Novelli

The Gambia Peer2Peer Exchange Event- Celebrating 10 years of achievements 

An event will be hosted in the Gambia aimed at reuniting past UoB Alumni and Gambian participants, celebrating successes and sharing professional and personal life experiences 10 years on.

The event will reunite past participants and strengthen the P2P Alumni network. Share P2P Alumni professional and personal experiences. Reflect upon the P2P initiative’s approaches and impacts. Identify possible new P2P developments through Alumni’s willingness to support future P2P activities and projects. Bring together P2P Alumni and other stakeholders to appreciate and celebrate the P2P as an innovative approach fostering sustainable development. Capitalise on oral testimonies of those that made it so special over the years and inspire future generations of participants to engage in P2P and the sustainable business initiatives that emerge from it.

Elliot Cole, PE QTS

 Kick Start and Fidget Outreach

Phase one of this project will consist of a 2 day intensive workshop with a professional choreographer, creating a dance piece to add to Kick Start and Fidget’s repertoire.  Phase 2 will see the team visiting schools in the South West of England to share their skills and enthusiasm for dance with pupils and teachers.

Find out more about the successful project here.

Ash Willmott, PhD Student

Para-Monte open day

Ash’s Little ECHO grant supported a joint open day with the altitude awareness charity Para-Monte, hosted at the Sport and Exercise Science Labs, Eastbourne Campus.

Find out more about the successful project here.

Bronwyn Elsden, Sport and Fitness (top up) BSc

Active Hearts Walk

Bronwyn’s Little ECHO grant supported the Active Hearts inaugural family-friendly walk along Eastbourne seafront to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity for heart-healthy living.

Find out more about the successful project here.

Scott Hadley, Sport Coaching Bsc

Walking Football

Scott’s Little ECHO grant will support six sessions of walking football for people over 50 in Eastbourne. The sessions are open to the YMCA retirement group and members of TOFFs.

The aim of the session is get people physically active in a safe environment, whilst giving opportunities for social interaction.

Find out more about the successful project here.

Anett Poscai

Sport and Exercise Science BSc

Tough Mudder for PoTS UK

Anett used her coaching skills, and a little ECHO grant to get a team of amateur athletes to a Tough Mudder 5k event.

Read more about this successful project here.

Ina Peglow, Irina Martinez Panina & Caroline Hettler

International Hospitality Management top-up

HOTS @ Passion 4 Hospitality

Ina, Irina and Caroline’s Little ECHO grant allowed them to attend the annual Passion 4 Hospitality event in London and come away with a top prize!

Find out more about this successful project here.

Jayne Luscombe & Mandy Curtis

International Event Management lecturers

ECHO @ Eastbourne

Jayne and Mandy received a £500 ECHO grant to put on an event which introduced students to local community partners and vice versa.

Find out more about this successful project here.

Dr Louisa Beale

Sport and Exercise Science

Cancer Rehab

Louisa received just under £500 of ECHO grant funding to enhance a new cancer rehab pilot project.

Find out more about this successful project here.