Brighton academics at the United Nations

Photo of John Sugden and Graham Spacey outside the UN nuildingThe Brighton co-founder of a global Football for Peace programme was at the New York headquarters of the UN yesterday to debate using sport as a framework to further promote development and peace.

Professor John Sugden, the University of Brighton’s Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Sport, was preparing for an expert group meeting hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

He was accompanied by his School of Sport and Service Management colleague Graham Spacey, Head of Operations for Football 4 Peace, the award-winning sport and activity-based community initiative which uses sport to reconcile and heal in areas of conflict. Continue reading

Let’s unite tourism in Africa

Tight links between public and private sectors are needed to transform tourism growth across the African continent, according to UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

He was speaking at the 61st meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, held in Abuja, Nigeria, which was attended by 18 tourism ministers and key tourism stakeholders from 36 countries in Africa.

Photo of Professor NovelliProfessor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for the University of Brighton’s Responsible Futures  Agenda, was amongst the guest speakers. Her work on fostering Responsible Futures through Sustainable Tourism  is aimed at contributing to a more just and environmentally sustainable society through the development of research and enterprise collaborations with local, national and international organisations and industry partners. Continue reading

PhD student wins the 3MT competition

School of Sport and Service Management PhD Student Jennifer Holland has won 1st place in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the University of Brighton’s Festival of Postgraduate Research which took place on 7 June.

Hosted by Vitae, the 3MT invites doctoral students to explain their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using only one slide, which is a huge feat when an 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present!

Jennifer’s presentation was called “Navigating uncertainty: Perceptions of risk in cruise holidays” and used one slide – of a cruise ship – to share her thesis and how perceptions of a risk inform tourist decision-making for a cruise holiday. Continue reading

Celebrating International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. Continue reading

Graduate receives MIA Conference and Event Management Award 2017

International Event Management MSc graduate Katharina Bürger received the MIA Conference and Event Management Award 2017.

Katharina was presented with her award on 8 January 2018, during a GDPR-legislation event in London. MIA (Meetings Industry Association) is the UK’s principal association aiming to support the growth of the meeting and events sector in the country.

The award acknowledges excellence at universities and is a recognition of Katharina’s outstanding academic achievements during her postgraduate studies at the University of Brighton. Continue reading

Protecting biodiversity through sustainable tourism in Africa

Professor Marina Novelli

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) invited Professor Marina Novelli to chair a panel session at the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) during one of the largest international tourism fairs in the world, FITUR, staged in Madrid in January.

The ‘Biodiversity as a Driver for Sustainable Tourism: The Importance of Effective Community Involvement’ session considered an integrated approach to harmonise sustainable tourism with the protection of biodiversity in Africa and identified ways of empowering local communities to participate in conservation efforts and benefit from them. Continue reading

Thinking of postgraduate study?

If you are looking to study a subject related to hospitality, events, tourism or sport and exercise why not come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening on Tuesday 28 February? The event takes place on the Eastbourne campus from 5-8pm. Find out more and book your place.

If you aren’t able to make the open evening we are also hosting online events where you can talk to a course specialist. These events take place at various times in February and March. Find out more.

Success for Madeleine

Madeleine Orr graduated from our International Event Management MSc in 2016 and was awarded a scholarship to undertake her PhD at the University of Minnesota.

Her success was partly based on her excellent masters research dissertation supervised by the school’s Dr Nigel Jarvis, and her overall distinction in her degree award. Maddy investigated the legacies of the 2015 Pan American Games and concluded the legacies were very contested despite the rhetoric promoted by games organisers,  politicians and other stakeholders. Continue reading

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