Lisa’s research success

Lisa Schäfer addressed the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) conference in Nottingham and won the Human Kinetics Student Poster Presentation Award.

Lisa, based at the Welkin laboratories at the University’s Eastbourne campus, was honoured for her “outstanding contribution to sport and exercise sciences”. Her study ‘Neuromuscular fatigue following cycling above critical power’ was supervised by Dr Jeanne Dekerle and Dr Mark Hayes. Continue reading

Run the Bases Launches Pilot Program in Malta

Run the Bases is a newly formed sport for development organisation that aims to tackle gender inequalities in sport, focusing on the sport of softball.

The organisation was founded by former UCLA Softball Player Tara Henry (USA), Sebastian Cirillo (Italy) and Kelly Smith (UK) who are all recent graduates from the Sport and International Development MA program at University of Brighton. Continue reading

Professional-Based learning presentation

Travel marketing consultant and entrepreneur, Helena Beard, gave a presentation to events, hospitality, tourism and sport development masters students on her perspective when working with interns and volunteers.

Her company, China Travel Outbound, has welcomed a number of students and graduates onto placements over the past two years, including a third year student from Brighton earlier this year.

She made the point that there are some very simple things that good interns do: they turn up on time and are always reliable, they use their initiative and they check their work before giving it to their manager. But there are also other less obvious things which are extremely important. Continue reading

First Annual Inaugural Lecture of Hospitality Management


Dr Ioannis S. Pantelidis, presents gifts to speakers Bob Cotton OBE, Trisha Bennett and Karren Fewell

The School of Sport and Service Management in collaboration with the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) Sussex Branch, held its first annual hospitality lecture which aims to bring academia and industry in closer collaboration, on the Eastbourne campus.

Speakers included Trisha Bennet from Hospitality Assured, Karren Fewell from Digital Blonde, and Bob Cotton OBE who transformed hospitality through his work with the British Hospitality Association and holds an honorary Doctorate from the school.


Food and wine, prepared by colleagues and students at our Culinary Arts Studio.

Hospitality Industry attendees and students enjoyed talks around the subject of quality assurance for organisations, mobile technology and food psychology, and the future of hospitality. The event was followed by canapés, wine and networking all produced and served by the team of the Culinary Arts Studio and supported by student volunteers.

The event was a resounding success:

Adam Rowledge, Chair of the IoH Sussex Branch said: “Thank you all so much for all of your efforts which went into making last night the fantastic event that it was.

“I know that a lot of work went into organising it, drumming up support and attendees, and of course making it work so well on the night, so thank you for a fantastic event.”

Jo Doust, Head of School said: “Well done team on achieving such a great event; this is the sort of industry collaboration and student engagement that makes our school great.”

Postgraduate students and undergraduate students enjoyed both the talks and the networking opportunities. A student volunteer said: “I really enjoyed helping out and we hope to see even more such events. I really liked all the sessions and the opportunity to network with industry leaders was a bonus!”

Dr Ioannis S. Pantelidis FIH, the event organiser said: “It really is a joy when you see the faces of students enjoying talking to industry colleagues. This event would not have been possible without the sponsorship and help of the Institute of Hospitality Sussex branch and the support of the school. I am really grateful to both.  I am equally grateful to the hospitality management colleagues who supported this event and delivered excellent food and wine and the hospitality management student volunteers who showed the true meaning of hospitality to all of our guests, students and professionals alike.”


Front Row: Bob Cotton OBE, Trisha Bennet, Julie Barker, Peter Bramich FIH, Adam Rowledge MIH Back row: Jo Doust, Ioannis S. Pantelidis FIH, Chris Dutton

New postgraduate students meet up for walk in Sussex countryside … a student’s tale …


On Wednesday, 28 September 2016, eleven postgraduates joined a field trip to the beautiful Cuckmere Valley. The trip was by Dr. Clare Weeden and all students participating have just begun their postgraduate studies at School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton, Eastbourne campus.

We all enjoyed the impressive view of the Cuckmere river, the Downs and the sea. A very brisk breeze brought us the salty smell of the sea and an immense number of birds filled the air with their song. People who enjoy walking can also easily reach Birling Gap by foot from here to discover more of the famous cliffs and Downs. Birling Gap is approximately 4 miles from the Cuckmere Valley.

As the cliffs erode naturally, yet dramatically each year, it is important not to go too close to the edge. Besides that why not take your friends and family on a trip to this stunning piece of nature right around the corner of Eastbourne? By taking bus 12 or 12A from Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre you can reach Cuckmere Country Park within 15 minutes.

After enjoying a refreshing walk alongside the beach and the downland, which is being returned to nature by the National trust, you can enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea at “Saltmarsh” café. They also have delicious cakes and pastries on sale, which you should definitely try!

P.S. Do not forget to take a picture of yourself standing in front of the huge chalk cliffs. Moreover bring a raincoat, as you never know what UK weather currently has on offer! 😉

Katharina Bürger, International Event Management MSc


Two Great Events (free) which will interest PG students.

Dear All,

we have two hospitality focused events one of which may also interest most PG students.

Both events have limited tickets and are on a first come first served basis (but you are the very first to hear about them so be quick).

The First event is our Annual Hospitality Lecture (October 27, 2016
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Greynore Hall) featuring some very exciting speakers followed by networking over a glass of wine.  For more information and to register for this event CLICK HERE!

The second event is a Champagne tasting session (November 1, 2016
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Greynore Hall). For more information and to register for this event CLICK HERE!

Welcome to the sunshine coast and have a great year!


Great Success for two PhD students of ours.

Flawless PhD defence rewards student her doctorate with no corrections.

Student Maria Gebbels who studied both her UG and Masters with us went on to study for her PhD.  She succesfuly bid for the Savoy Educational Trust funding and very recently had her Viva voce.   Dr Gebbels thesis was entitled:

Dr Gebbels passed her viva with no corrections, a most rare achievement.  

It has been a pleasure to have both as a student and as colleague as she has taught on some hospitality  UG modules.  She continues her career as Senior Lecturer at University of Greenwich and we all wish her the very best for a bright future.

PhD STudent features on CABI

Student Jennifer Holland was recently asked to write a guest article for the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences (CABI) about her PhD “Navigating Uncertainty: The Influence of Risk on Consumer Decision-Making in Ocean Cruising”.

Jennifer’s article featured in CABI’s Leisure Tourism section and you can read the article here.

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The end of an era.

As the end of her postgraduate course approaches student Olaya Gonzalez reflects on her time:

“Whoever said university is just about studying did not come to the University of Brighton. And they definitely did not encounter staff willing to make the experience as full, enjoyable, relaxed and familiar as possible.

“After 7.56 months – as someone pgteakindly calculated – of tough learning, the postgraduate modules came to an end on Tuesday 24th May; after a very last final project block dedicated to the presentation, analysis and discussion of the primary research findings of the dissertation due at the end of September. For the students, it meant the end of a circle that still has a little extra to roll, but somehow it feels different.

“It meant the end of waking up and getting ready for lectures, preparing readings for the following class, seeing mates or shuffling to the restaurant to grab a quick cup of tea, coffee or a naughty but yet delicious flapjack or chocolate muffin. It meant the end of a long obstacle course, a resistance race that took the worst out of them and showed them what they did not know about themselves.

“About their strategic abilities, about their discipline, their passion for what they were doing. About what learning really meant: the process of thinking, challenging what is said, and not taking anything for truth until having put it through the newly discovered critical filter that was there all the way.

“Doing a masters may have taught plenty of things; technical and professional expertise that seemed so distant in September 2015. New and more in-depth knowledge, skills…those were things that all students forecasted. However, it is the personal attributes, the ‘who we are?’, that have surprised the group. Who am I, who have I become, what has the masters given me in the personal area?

“After the final project block, the staff prepared an intimate tea party for us. A goodbye, and, in some way, a thank you for your trust, for your passion, for your participation, and for what you have brought to the experience of teaching. During this afternoon tea, conversations went around about who have I become. Words like open-minded, flexible and adaptable, self-assured, calm and confident, not afraid of making mistakes or being wrong. They filled the student’s mouths just as the sandwiches and scones that Ken Woodward – course leader for the MSc International Hospitality Management – had prepared for no other reason than spoiling the students that were about to leave and focus on their final projects.

“Some of these students will leave the country, the continent, and may never come back. Yet, there is one thing that cannot be left behind, that will shape the identities of every single individual that took a step into the University of Brighton on the 28 September 2015 and now are taking that step out: the experience, the learning, the knowledge, the skills, and the who I am. Whoever says they feel the same as the first day did not attend the course. They did not immerse themselves because after living this journey for a year there is no one that can say they have not been shaped into something greater, bigger, more confident and willing to get out and eat the world!

It may be the end of a cycle that yet has a little bit more to go, but certainly it is only the beginning of the new us.


How Lesley became a mature student…

Olaya Gonzalez reports:

Lesley Samms, from Battle, East Sussex, is a mature student on the University of lesleyBrighton’s MSc in International Event Management. However, there is yet to be seen anyone with her same levels of energy, enthusiasm, participation and thirst of knowledge. She is a source of inspiration for many of her fellow students and there are not doubts as to why!

We took a sneaky look into her life development until now:

After taking her A-levels at 18, Lesley worked for ten years before returning to art college in Windsor to study under a world renowned ceramicist while her partner worked as a photographer at the British Museum. She specialised in 3D sculptural photography – “quite a niche” she told us between giggles.

Lesley was a natural in this field. She completed her undergraduate degree in one year and achieved the highest UK grade possible. Her desire of heading towards a masters, however, had to be left on standby when she became pregnant with her first child. Becoming a mother made her take the decision of working for herself so she could manage her family life and work balance.

Lesley has always been one of those people that need to work, too fidgety to sit and stare at a wall. She then began taking photographs for her old business contacts – MD’s and Marketing Directors of big businesses like McDonalds and Audi, among others. Quite impressive! This rapidly snowballed, and Lesley ended up opening a gallery and selling art and antique Georgian furniture alongside her photography and motherhood. She highlights that “it was all very organic”; connecting with new people opened up new opportunities, and she was young, excited and thirsty of expansion. Her second child came along in the mist of all this, but she already had quite good practice, and balance did not require extra focus – it was already there.

When her father’s health deteriorated, Lesley was forced to move from Buckinghamshire to East Sussex, where she eventually had to say goodbye to her dad, but hello to her third child, her little angel, as she calls him. It was time to start rebalancing her life and deciding what next: go back to Buckinghamshire or take root in East Sussex? In the process of pondering life-changing decisions, Lesley met an artist by chance in Rye. They did not know each other, but she asked Lesley for some career advice. This coincidence triggered the opportunity to meet other artists, all of whom asked for the same guidance. Lesley saw it then.

She saw the chance and, like with everything else in her life, she grabbed it fiercely. PURE was born as a means to give this organically evolving business of artist career advice business focus. Then the first event: Lesley was asked to run an art fair. And so she did. And again she found herself with a business evolving out of community need and connections. Moreover, she decided to take greater control of its evolution, the time seemed right, so she took the next step: extending her formal education – finally!

When asked why a masters, why Events and why the University of Brighton, Lesley said: “I like facts and I am quite critical – I like to know stuff, I enjoy intellectual debate, and I seem to be really very good at running events.

“So I looked around at my options, and happened upon the course we are doing. I emailed Jayne Luscombe, the International Event Management MSc course leader, and she agreed to meet me. I immediately liked her and that nailed it really.

“I knew it would be tough, juggling everything is very difficult, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It has been the ride of my life – I love it.”

Lesley wants the university experience to be accessible for everyone in her generation – quite a statement! What Lesley has taken out of it has been so life affirming and enhancing that she does not want anyone to miss it.