Catching up with Professor Yannis Pitsiladis

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis in his white coat in the labsWe speak to the Professor of Sport and Exercise Science about how the University’s at the forefront of anti-doping research.

​Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, who’s also a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Commission and chairs the Science Commission of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, also discusses the case of Caster Semenya and intersex athletes and his mission to lead a team to a sub-2 hour marathon, completely within athletics regulations.​

As a member of several high-profile organisations, Yannis is at the forefront of helping to solve some of sport’s most pressing issues.

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Awareness raising tournament success

the group on the pith

Over 90 students from the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus participated in a 5-a-side football tournament to raise awareness of homophobia within sport.

The Football 4 Peace (F4P) vs Homophobia tournament took place in early May and supported the Justin campaign, which highlights the prejudices in football towards the LGBT community. It was set up in memory of footballer Justin Fashanu who tragically committed suicide after revealing his sexuality in 1998. Continue reading

Northern Ireland F4P Project

The five students on their tripConnor Cook is a second year Physical Education BA(Hons) student and a Football 4 Peace (F4P) trained coach – he has recently returned from a study tour in Northern Ireland where he was involved in coaching using the F4P methodology at Easter football camps.

The camps were run by the Irish Football Association (IFA) as part of their ‘Let Them Play’ Youth Strategy. The IFA run 100 values-based camps a year for Catholic and Protestant children and they include the F4P values-based methodology within all their community and school prgrammes.

Connor’s reports on his experiences during the trip:

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Santander award supports volunteering opportunity

Photo of Naz in a white vestInternational Tourism Management student Nazare (Naz) Asvedo Mendes has had a summer volunteering opportunity made possible thanks to the Santander International Experiences Fund.

Santander Universities provides philanthropic funds to help eligible undergraduate students take advantage of opportunities overseas, such as work placements, volunteering or studying abroad. Naz, who is on the second year of her course, was one of 14 students across the university whose application for support was successful. Continue reading

Gender equality award for School of Sport and Service Management

Athena SWANN logoThe School of Sport and Service Management has achieved a Bronze Award from Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter in recognition of its commitment to gender equality.

The charter exists to promote equality in representation, progression and success of staff and students in higher education. The School has a long history of providing gender parity with its founder, Fraulein Dorette Wilke, establishing a training school for women and girls in physical education in 1898. Continue reading

Building bridges with China

University academics boosted research collaboration and cooperation during visits to China. 

Promoting the benefits of genetic testing in health and disease applications were the subjects discussed by Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, the University’s Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, during one visit. 

He and Dr Guan Wang, Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Service Management, also discussed the advantages of biomedicine, artificial intelligence, and engineering.  Continue reading

NCTJ accreditation

NCTJ logoWe’re delighted to announce that our two new postgraduate journalism courses have joined our undergraduate programmes to receive accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accreditation is recognised in the industry as the best indication that new recruits have the skills and knowledge to become effective multimedia journalists in a busy newsroom.

Simon McEnnis, course leader said: “We are delighted to receive NCTJ accreditation which is a sign of both the quality of the courses and their relevance to the journalism industry. Our students can be satisfied that they can become highly employable graduates by gaining both an NCTJ Diploma and a Master’s degree award in either Journalism or Sport Journalism.”

Find out more about our journalism courses:

Journalism BA(Hons)
Sport Journalism BA(Hons)
Journalism MA (PGCert PGDip)
Sport Journalism MA (PGCert PGDip)

Eggs aren’t just for Easter!

Dr Kathy Martyn, Principle Lecturer, and the university’s nutrition expert, appeared on BBC1’s The One Show last week to explain how you can tell if an egg is fresh to eat.

Dr Kathy Martyn with the One Show presenter

Dr Kathy Martyn with the One Show presenter

Over 720 million eggs are being thrown away each year, most because they are close to their use-by date.  According to egg producers, eggs remain fresh for at least 28 days and are often safe to eat up to and just after their use-by date. Continue reading

Summer open day booking is open!

Come and explore at the Eastbourne campus summer open day on Saturday 15 June:

  • Get an in-depth look at subjects you’re interested in and the campus you’ll be based at.
  • Be inspired by the array of industry standard facilities on campus which include our accredited sports physiology labs, news room, clinical simulation suites, new gym facilities and the Leaf Hospital community clinic.
  • Take time out to explore Eastbourne town.

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Academics commended by the Israeli Sports Authority

Dr Stidder receiving his award

Dr Gary Stidder, left

Physical Education lecturers from the School of Sport and Service Management were commended by the Israeli Sport Authority in a ceremony at the German Sports University based in Cologne following their contribution to a five day ‘Sport for Life’ training event which involved 50 Arab and Jewish Israeli sports leaders.

Dr Gary Stidder, Warren Smart and Simon Green delivered a series of practical sessions based on the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football 4 Peace Curriculum and Methodology and were given special commendations by Regional Director for the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport Gazi Nujeidat at a Gala dinner event. Continue reading