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.
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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. Continue reading

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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Balancing free time and postgraduate study!

Olaya Gonzalez on balancing her International Event Management MSc:olaya

During the Easter break my family came from Spain to visit. After over a year and a half of living in England it was about time for them to see where and how I was working on my future and my personal development, both as a student and as an adult.

Countless times I asked them to come, and they always had some sort of excuse: your brother has football training and he is the only goalie or it is quite difficult to find a time suitable for all of us. I must add that we are somehow scattered all around: me living in the UK, my younger sister in Madrid, and my brother and parents in the Basque Country. Agreeing for an appropriate time is, indeed, a titanic task of indescribable pain. However, we somehow managed, but not without some sacrifices.

As a norm, I am a very organised person: I make lists of everything, I plan my week days in advance, I even need to know what I will be eating on Friday so my lunches are not monotonous. Borderline madness. Obviously, I transfer these – let’s call them qualities – to my student life. Studying abroad is fulfilling one of my childhood dreams, and I want to perform better than the best version of me.

Mix it all together and the result is a smoothie of pressure and exigency that drains out my energy. It is not healthy, I know, but this is what family and friends are for. Balancing free-time and a masters is not an option, it is a requirement. Most of the time students will see in those unused hours the words procrastination flashing with neon lights, but the truth is that it is compulsory for a good performance.

I am not suggesting that leaving essays until the night before or not doing the readings is the way to success, not even close. But I do know by experience that one day, or even a whole week during a break, fills you up with energy, clears your mind, and puts you in a better setting to face working again once the leisure time is over. It takes you out of the eye of the storm where you have buried yourself into, and brightens you up with fresh air. It feels like living in the very centre of a crowded, tall city that covers the sky and forces you to look ahead and ignore the sides, and then take a lovely, long, chilled walk in the mountains, the hills or the beach. I leave that to the taste of each one.

The point here is that my family’s visit disrupted my pre-made, pre-packaged, lists and time schedules. It absolutely messed my mind set up, making stress in advance because I genuinely thought that I needed every second of being awake to do readings, essays, literature reviews, the final project… The thought of seven whole days nowhere near a computer or the library resources scared me to a point where before their arrival I doubled the amount of time I was investing on my studying.

I have to emphasise that I am a study freak – please do not take me as the norm, because I am not. The thing is, that once the withdrawal syndrome passed and my system was clean of academic performance obsession, I enjoyed every second of my time with the Modern Family-like group of individuals that form my family. They dragged me out, and I could not have seen how important it was for anyone to take a step back and view life out of a bedroom desk on my own.

Without knowing it, they showed me the importance of having time for things other than just the postgraduate degree. Work will not disappear, and still will be extremely essential, but so is swimming up to the surface and breathing every so often. Surprisingly, I did not even think about the pile of readings I had yet to do. I was there, I was with my family, I was balancing life, and that was all that mattered.

They left, and I was able to write a whole essay in two days. One I am quite proud of, in fact. Guess it was the fresh air of our Seven Sisters walk.”

The final project challenge

Words of wisdom by Olaya Ganzalez, International Event Management MScPicture Olaya

If there is one thing that those considering a masters degree fear the most it is the looks of that threatening fog blocking the view of the finishing line at the end of the road – commonly known as the final project.

The idea of a 15,000-word independent research dissertation, journal, consultancy or business plan has the power to reduce to ashes even the most daring or the bravest. However, that is exactly what students, both current and potential, dread: the idea.

Ideas breed within the imagination of our pre-conceptualised definitions of concrete or abstract words and thoughts. Ideas are susceptible of doubts, uncertainties, hopes and expectations. They modulate at the same pace our state of mind or mood do. As humans, we dread what we do not know because we lack of the tools of previous experiences to tell us how to behave and how to act. Very few of the new postgraduate students have taken a postgraduate course before, hence they are stepping out of their comfort zone to start a journey where they will be guided by the lecturers…until the final leap of faith that has to be taken on their very own, or that is what they think.

Scary as it may sound, students still make it through the fog and reach the finishing line. A few of them conquer the top of the podium, others may get the bronze medal, but there is yet to be seen the one overtaken by the sweeper team, and there is a reason behind it. The idea of the final project disappears and is transformed into the reality of the final project at the very beginning of any course with the first of many Final Project Blocks.

Final Project Blocks are delivered every other month, taking two to three whole days in non-lectured weeks – they are strategically distributed throughout the year to coincide with the different deadline dates. Dates such as the interest form submission date (on which students investigate the areas they are interest in and receive feedback on which ways they could take, as well as being allocated to a supervisor with expertise in that area) or the proposal submission date (where after working hand to hand with the supervisor, students submit a more detailed and focused proposal on which they include aims and objectives, methodology and methods, among other information).

The current postgraduates have recently undergone a block which focused on the literature review and research methods, as proposals have already been submitted (and most of them approved) and they need to start taking the next steps – guided next steps. With these Final Project Blocks and the supervisor allocations, students are not on their own, and little by little the myths of the final project are dismembered. The project is broken down into smaller pieces that receive specific focus as a means to show that final projects are nothing but slightly more extensive module assignments.

Nothing to be scared of, and if you are, supervisors are always up for a cuppa!

Postgraduate Social Event (24th November)

The Postgraduate Academic and Support staff at SaSM, cordially invites you to join us in 20150929_161533food1the Culinary Arts Studio (Greynore 2) for our annual social gathering.

The SaSM Postgraduate Social Event is being organized on Tuesday 24th November 2015, at approx 16.30hrs onwards in the Culinary Arts Studio located in the Greynore 2 building of the Darley Road Site.

We would like to invite all our SaSM PG students to our annual gathering. We could like you bring a dish of food, which can be enjoyed by everyone. We do not want you to go to any great expense, but would love to try something from your homeland, region or area, this does include the UK.

We would encourage you to speak to your course reps to coordinate the types of food you might like to bring, and arrange for safe and adequate storage in the Culinary Arts Studio (Greynore 2 building), Darley Road campus, prior to the event.

The course reps will also be liaising with the organizers regarding numbers, so do please sign up with them as soon as you can. If you do not have a course rep yet, then maybe someone might like to step up just for this event.

We can provide basic cooking facilities if you need to cook something on the day, but this will have to be arranged with us in advance. We can also assist you with baking and cooking the items on the day if that helps. We will be providing a selection of beverages for everyone to enjoy…
Last years event was a great success and we enjoyed a number of delights like ‘modern birds nest soup’… ‘Polish dough balls’… ‘Hungarian biscuits’…and even ‘mince pies’ from Asda!!!

We look forward to seeing you
Regards The SaSM PG Course Leaders

Ken Woodward kw93(at) is organizing this event, so if you need any clarification about this social gathering, please do contact him on ex 3605

Autumn afternoon field trip to Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey, UK


On a sunny day in late October, the MSc Tourism, Hospitality and Events students at the School of Sport and Service Management spent an afternoon at Denbies, the UK’s largest  Wine Estate.

The students enjoyed a presentation on the importance of terroir for great tasting wine, learned about the different grape varieties grown at Denbies, and shown around the extensive wine cellar. The afternoon ended with a delicious tasting of the English wines grown on the estate.


Unsung Heroes!

Dear Philosopher,

there are many unsung heroes in our school. People you would probably never hear about but PGmoments is here to change all that.  Today we are celebrating three unsung heroes that in one way or another have contributed positively to postgraduate students experience.


Merz at work

Merz, is one of those colleagues that turns dust to gold. And by dust I mean unorganized academic ideas into patterns of greatness!  She has been the glue that held together many conferences at SaSM on top of other research related tasks.  Some of those conferences directly benefited both our postgraduate taught and research students.


Linda B!

Linda, will help you out if you wish to use the CAS lab, she is also the wizard of supplies and can bake some “mean” cakes, or help prepare some great socials (such as the cheese and wine).




Alex at Hillbrow

The Hillbrow reception is the key location of operations relating to handing in work that can not be electronically handed.  There are many colleagues that are really helpful there but Alex will always seek to help you delivering a fantastic smile at the same time.  And on a busy, rainy day a smiling admin colleague is a welcomed addition to any postgraduate student’s day!

There are many other unsung heroes and I will try to find the time to tell you more about them but if you have one you wish to talk about, this blog is an open platform for any PG student to either share your ideas, views or praise someone that was really helpful to you.

Speak to any of the course leaders or Ioannis if you wish to contribute here, we would love to hear from you. And that goes to alumni too! Do you wish to share memories? PGmoments is here to host your little pearls of eras gone by!

Yours truly









There are 3 paths and you must chose one, or do you?

Dear Philosopher

3 paths on the grass

Choices are abundant

I hope you are well. Do you feel you have just survived or that you thrived this week? Are you almost there and ready to enjoy the weekend?

Do you remember this quote?

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

Red Queen – Alice in Wonderland.

Does it feel like that right now? You are not alone if it does, we also feel the same, but we have experience that you have yet to accumulate. We push through the pain to find the light at the end of the tunnel, the ultimate reward at the peak of the mountain of knowledge.  Just remember from the moment you wake up to the moment you sleep you have choices. Do not let others drag you into the illusion that you do not.   See those three paths in the image above? Are they really 3 paths? Did you see 3 paths because I told you that is what they are?  Question yourself, question your peers, question your tutors, question traditional knowledge, test and re-test and then CHOSE!  Just chose with the conviction and energy that you know you have.

dirty shoes

Some times you just have to get your shoes wet and dirty…

 Just remember that all those choices do have a price, and some times you just have to get your shoes both wet and dirty…

Yours truly,


PS. Remember the DENBIES ESTATE field trip on the 16th of October! See the emails from Clare and Karen and book yourself a space if you havent done so already. Its going to be a super fun and very educational day out!

PS2. Thank you for your wonderful comments about the induction week. You can see a blog-post with some of your quotes in the SaSM main blog, by clicking here.