Dr Nick Smeeton

Get off the sofa, turn up the music – and dance!

A University of Brighton exercise expert believes a good bop beats the isolation blues by increasing positive emotions while reducing negative ones.

“Dancing is good for you physically and mentally – it makes you happy,” according to Dr Nick Smeeton, Principal lecturer with the university’s Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research and Enterprise Group.

“And at times like this, when we are mainly cooped up at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep our bodies in trim, our minds active, and our emotions positive.

“Pretty well everyone can do it – if we live alone or we can dance with friends and relatives using social media platforms.”

Dr Smeeton co-authored a study that showed dancing burns about 600 calories per hour, about the same as some forms of recreational swimming, cycling or jogging for the same period. Read More

Marina Trowell delivering the session to students

Unconscious Bias Training for PE Trainee Teachers

PGCE and School Direct trainee physical education teachers took part in a workshop run by the university’s widening participation officer Marina Trowell.

The workshop focused on the importance of addressing unconscious bias within schools. Implicit or unconscious bias happens by our brains making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realising.

Our biases are influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. We may not even be aware of these views and opinions, or be aware of their full impact and implications.

The session looked at how teachers working in school can challenge forms of unconscious biases which are inherent or learned stereotypes about individuals, groups or institutions.

The TASS accredited logo which is a blue circle with a red star

University of Brighton joins dual-career scheme to support talented athletes

The university has been accredited by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme which helps young sportspeople pursue their goals while gaining qualifications.

The Sport England-backed programme allows athletes to reach their full potential in education alongside their successes in sport. By becoming a Dual Career Accredited Site, the University of Brighton will be a key part of the network of institutions which already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year.

These services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme.

Already among the elite athletes studying at the university are Sports Scholars George Mills, who recently won the British Athletics Indoor title over 1500m, and Wales international hockey player Lauren Roberts. Read More

George wrapped in the Union Jack at the British championship

Podcast: Catching up with sports scholar George Mills

In the latest podcast, we catch up with sports scholar and Sport and Exercise Science BSc student George Mills, who’s just become British Indoor athletics champion in the 1500m in Glasgow.

A week before that he raced in a world class field to go third in the British rankings over the same distance.

George has an outside chance of competing in the Olympics – he talks about that, what it means being a sport scholar here and how his course helps him, and talks about his famous dad – the former England footballer Danny Mills.

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The particpants in the Eastbourne gym

Celebrating International Women’s Day through sport

The University of Brighton welcomed teenage students from a school in Horsham to focus on careers for women in sport.

Following the University’s special feature on women in sport on International Women’s Day, Dr Gary Stidder and female students in the third year of their respective degree programmes invited fifty girls from Millais School to a School of Sport and Service Management conference to hear about a range of topics.

Visiting students received presentations about Physical Education (from Ciara Buckley), Sport Coaching (Gloria Gyan), Sport and Exercise Science (Ellie Noble and Lucy Shepherd), Sport Management (Eeva Liimola) and Journalism (Sophia Andersson-Gylden).  Read More

East Sussex College logo whihc has 5 flying birds as part of it

Teaching post-16 PE

Our trainee physical education teachers visited East Sussex College Lewes Campus to gain an insight into teaching post-16 PE and sport courses.

The trainees met with Assistant Principal Mark Watts and Curriculum Leader Hayley Funnell who are both University of Brighton graduates and alumni. They learnt more about the use of google classrooms and other innovative ways to assess student progress such as video and verbal feedback, interactive assessment of learning and the use of flash cards using tablets and mobile phones.

They were also able to observe teaching in action and learn more about the latest revision resources available to students as well as being shown how to utilise the use of Twitter as an educational continued professional development resource. Read More

Cruise ship

Carry on sailing – despite the Coronavirus

A University of Brighton tourism expert is advising cruise ship passengers “not to be nervous but be cautious” and to carry on with their travel plans.

Dr Jennifer Holland, Lecturer in Competitive Marketing and a former cruise liner employee, said: “People need to take precautions and follow health guidelines but there are many cruises that are still operating.”

Dr Holland, whose advice was broadcast yesterday by BBC radio stations throughout the UK, said the cruise industry has “stepped up” to the challenge and developed “incredible protocols and guidelines for dealing with outbreaks”.

But she warned: “The coronavirus is totally unprecedented in its scope and scale and I think nobody could predict how rapidly it is spreading and how much of an impact it is having on the travel industry. Read More

Booulder Brighton logo which has a squirrel climbing up the words

Boulder Brighton Director delivers session

Tom Bauer, Director of Boulder Brighton, visited the University to speak to first year Sport Management BSc students.

Tom’s session was part of the Finance and Economics module which is delivered by Richard Burgess-Gamble, lecturer and Director of Finance for Brighton Students’ Union.  This is the third time that Tom has delivered his session citing that “he loves being able to pass on his experience and knowledge to the next generation of sports business owners and managers”.

Boulder Brighton, an indoor bouldering centre, opened its doors in 2013. Tom and co-Director James Gomez  are both passionate about rock climbing and have climbed all over the UK and Europe. Having used countless different indoor climbing walls around the world they say “we think we’ve built our favourite”. Read More

Peter talking to the trainee teachers

Former Head Teacher provides advice

Peter Midwinter, a former Head Teacher, visited trainee physical education teachers to provide advice and guidance.

Peter was Principal of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy – a school serving the communities of Lancing, Sompting and Shoreham in West Sussex. He provided valuable professional advice as he spoke to them about securing their first teaching position.

The seminar covered the application processes, writing a supporting statement, researching the school, interview techniques and other professionally relevant factors. Peter has been a head teacher at four different secondary schools and academies in Sussex. Read More

Russell Martin at the podium during his talk

A management masterclass from one of Brighton’s best-known footballers

Former Scotland and Norwich defender Russell Martin, and current manager of League One MK Dons, visited University of Brighton students to offer his tips on leadership in sport.

The founder of the Brighton & Hove based charity The Russell Martin Foundation hung up his boots late last year before moving into football management and was invited to give a guest lecture to students on sport-related courses at the Eastbourne campus.

The ex-Norwich captain, who led the Canaries in the Premier League and also counts Glasgow giants Rangers among his former clubs, shared his thoughts on building high-performance culture and the importance of honest, self-critical reflection for achieving success. Martin advised students to have a clear vision about what they wanted to achieve and realise what they need to do to get there.

Martin grew up in Sussex and came through the youth system at Brighton & Hove Albion before eventually starting his senior Football League career at Wycombe. He has since set up a charity in his hometown which uses the sport to help change people’s lives. Read More