School students given a sporting chance

Students playing with Kinball in the unversity's gymMore than 170 school students took part in two days of sport and exercise at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne.

The Years 9 and 10 students from Sussex, London and Southampton sampled PE, sport and exercise science, and sport coaching, supervised by student ambassadors.

Sarah Hogg, the University’s Director of Sport and Recreation, gave an overview of careers in sport and keynote speaker, ex-Sussex county cricketer Lewis Hatchett gave a talk on his career. Continue reading

Cooking up a storm

Budding young chefs took part in a Masterchef Challenge at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne.

The week-long challenge saw five schools from across Sussex preparing and cooking meals for visitors including Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd.

Stephen Lloyd chats to the pupils as they cook their masterpiecesStudents from Cavendish School in Eastbourne served up a four-course meal in the University’s Culinary Arts Studio, supervised by University staff and student ambassadors.

Students were split into teams to prepare each of the courses and each was judged by Stephen Lloyd, Professor Jo Doust, Head of the School of Sport and Service Management, and Jacky Langford, the School Manager. Continue reading

Brighton academics at the United Nations

Photo of John Sugden and Graham Spacey outside the UN buildingThe Brighton co-founder of a global Football 4 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

The fun of organising a real sport event

The students practise their New Age KurlingAs part of their Sport Business Management BSc(Hons) degree students at the School of Service Management have successfully delivered a range of events for Sport Brighton’s Parklife programme.  

During their course students have taken part in a number of workshops delivered by the Sport Brighton team to showcase how to manage and deliver a sporting event. Working as if Sport Brighton was their client, students were tasked to build an innovative activity to project manage, market and deliver to their University peers.  Continue reading

PhD student wins the 3MT competition

Jennifer with her winners certificateSchool 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! Continue reading

Downing Street shown how we can use wasted food

Finalists in a University of Brighton ‘bright ideas’ contest visited 10 Downing Street to discuss student entrepreneurship.

One explained his idea of turning the seven million tonnes of food thrown away each year into nutritious juices.

The students met Government business advisor Jimmy McLoughlin on the invitation of Enterprise Nation, the business support tool available free to all student and graduate entrepreneurs from the University. Continue reading

Unpacking the future of hospitality

Krunali Mane, a second year International Hospitality Management BA(Hons), was invited to attend the Unpack the Future of Hospitality event organsied by the British Association of Hospitality, The British Institute of Inkeeping and The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

Krunali, who is taking part in the Springboard GEMS Mentoring Scheme, tells us about the event.

“In our fast-paced modern society, single-use food packaging is an endemic problem, from meal boxes, coffee cups, plastic cutlery and plastic straws, through to the vac packs and containers used in kitchens. While non- degradable disposable items may be convenient and important to ensuring food hygiene, they are problematic for our environment.” Continue reading

Adding to their qualifications

Many congratulations to our first group of students to have taken their BIAAB Award for Personal Licence Holders course.

The students, all studying on the International Hospitality Management BA(Hons), achieved amazing results and now have a great addition to their CVs as a Personal Licence is required by anyone authorising the sale of alcohol from a licensed premises.

the students celebrating with a bottle of champagnePictured left to right are Ilaria, Luke, Matthew, Cheri, Dylan and Vicky who will be making use of their qualification on their upcoming placements.

Luke, Ilaria, Dylan and Vicky have a double the reason to celebrate as they have recently passed their Level two Wine and Spirit Education Trust exams with flying colours too!

E-commerce Guest Lecture

Travel and tourism e-commerce expert Tim Williamson visited tourism and hospitality students to provide an in-depth, contemporary review of what is currently happening within the sector.

Photo of Tim Williamson with sunglasses on his headTim, who helps run on-line activist travel company Responsible Travel talked about using e-commerce in the real world. He showed in some detail how building a good looking website may be relatively easy but the challenge of getting traffic to the site and getting customers to buy something from it is less so.

The students discussed how Google works and how you either need deep pockets to buy a slot at the top of their listings or you need to be great at Continue reading