students listening to the lecture

Learning more about 16 – 19 Physical Education

Trainee Physical Education teachers learnt more about the 16 – 19 PE curriculum in alternative educational settings during a guest lecture.

The speaker was Sarah McAdam who is Further Education Manager at Brighton and Hove Albion FCs Albion in the Community. She spoke to the trainee teachers about the types of accredited courses in sport, and related subjects, that are on offer to apprentices at the football club. She also detailed how Albion in the Community supports the educational and academic development of young people through various support mechanisms and departments within the club. These include departments for areas such as health, disability, inclusion, football pathways and schools. Read More

students with Dr Mark Hayes

A taste of university life

As part of our widening participation outreach activities, we welcomed a group of Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree students from East Sussex College to the Eastbourne campus.

The event provided further information to the students about top-up degree options and other sport-related courses at the university. It also gave them an insight into university life.

The students listened to an overview from Dr Jim Wallis, Sport Coaching BSc course leader, and then took part in a coaching session led by second year students. They then visited the physiology sport lab and participated in a sport and exercise science session led by Dr Mark Hayes using equipment to test grip strength and jump distances. Read More

the candidates at the debate

A successful election debate

Students and members of the public grilled Eastbourne’s parliamentary candidates at a hustings at the University’s Eastbourne campus on Friday.

The audience at the Hillbrow site questioned Liberal Democrat’s Stephen Lloyd, Conservative’s Caroline Ansell, Labour’s Jake Lambert, the Brexit Party’s Stephen Gander and independent candidate Ken Pollock.

They listened to answers on topics including what Brexit should mean for EU students, whether the abolition of tuition fees is affordable and what can be done to fight climate change. Read More

responsible futures video screen shot

A responsible future?

Through Responsible Futures the University of Brighton harnesses change to enhance the delivery of sustainable economic development, improved environments and more inclusive societies.

Responsible Futures research generates new ideas to positively influence policy, practice and behaviours. By bringing together interdisciplinary expertise, we explore opportunities to create more just and environmentally sustainable societies, including research into the circular economy, sustainable tourism, ethical and green business practices, sustainable health and the blue economy. Read More

McKenzie receives her award from Barry Squires,Head of Sport at the University

Netball star wins top award

A University Netball Club member has won an award for helping others.

McKenzie Howell, one of our Physical Education BA(Hons) students, scooped the University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year trophy in this year’s Sussex Sports Awards.

She said: “I was very shocked and honoured – I didn’t expect it.”

GB hurdler and relay runner Kriss Akabusi MBE hosted the awards evening at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel. It was organised by Active Sussex, based at the University.

McKenzie explained her motivation: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”, adding: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes a lot of hard work.” Read More

view from a cruise ship

Boozing and Cruising

Short cruises have become a favourite choice for boozy breaks by young people, according to one of our University of Brighton tourism experts.

Dr Clare Weeden, tourism and marketing Principal Lecturer at the university Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics, said there has been a noticeable change in passenger behaviour in the last decade, largely caused by operators trying to appeal to younger consumers.

Dr Weeden told Ship Technology magazine: “When I took students on a P&O cruise in 2009, it went from Southampton to Lisbon and back again along the coast of France. We had a fabulous time. They had the formal nights still, not every night, but formal dining. It was what you might expect from a cruise. Read More

cover of Overtime magazine

New edition of Overtime magazine

Thousands of copies of Overtime, a printed magazine produced by journalism and sport journalism students, have hit university campuses.

All three year groups on both degree courses collaborated over the course of a week to publish stories on their website, www.overtimeonline.co.uk, and produce the magazine, which was edited by third-year journalism student Jamie Edkins and third-year sport journalism student Sam Smith. Read More

the students on the pitch

Learning more about the North American PE curriculum

Flag football and POP Lacrosse are widely taught in schools in North America as part of the formal physical education curriculum. Both team games follow the same principals of other invasion games typically taught in English secondary schools.

The most distinctive feature of flag football is the absence of tackling in the flag game. All players wear flags that hang down at their sides, usually from belts worn around the waist. A ball carrier is “tackled” or down at the spot at which a defender removes one of the flags. Read More

election box

Public General Election debate for the Eastbourne parliamentary candidates

University of Brighton journalism students are pleased to announce a public General Election debate for the Eastbourne parliamentary candidates.

This is your chance to put your questions to a panel of:

  • Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat
  • Caroline Ansell, Conservative
  • Jake Lambert, Labour
  • Stephen Gander, Brexit Party
  • Ken Pollock, Independent

The debate is taking place on December 6 at 11.30am at: Read More

the group with their frisbees

The Ultimate Invasion Game

Having spent time training in secondary schools, our trainee PE teachers returned to the university and were introduced to a new and innovative team game widely played in North America and also in the UK.

Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, non-contact team sport that mixes the best features of sports such as soccer, basketball, American football and netball. Many schools now include Ultimate Frisbee in their PE curriculum as an alternative to more traditional competitive team sports which has greater appeal to much wider population of pupils. Read More