Improving our medal chances at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

EIS logoA Memorandum of Understanding to signify a statement of intent to collaborate signed between the University of Brighton and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) is providing hands-on benefits for our sport and exercise science students.

The Memorandum of Understanding reflects the on-going support the university’s Environmental Extremes Lab Team are providing the EIS and associated national teams as they prepare for the heat of Tokyo at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Third year Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) dissertation students are currently involved in eight research projects around the themes of acute and chronic heat alleviation which has been identified by the EIS as priority for improving our chances of securing medals in 2020. Continue reading

PE and the Autistic Child

PGCE and School Direct trainee PE teachers took part in a workshop-based seminar that focused on providing inclusive physical education lessons for children with autism.

Tim Brown, Learning Support officer from Heathfield Community School, spoke to trainees about the spectrum of autism and how physical education teachers can incorporate modified equipment and adapt tasks to suit children with a range of different additional learning needs. Continue reading

Sport and Exercise Science students working in the community

Students on our Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) course have been gaining hands-on experience working in the community as part of their course.

Students on the Personal and Professional Development module have helped with the launch of our new exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programme, The Active Recovery Programme. The programme has been developed by course leader Dr Louisa Beale in collaboration with Freedom Leisure, with funding from the cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support via Albion in the Community, and an ECHO grant.

The programme aims to help cancer patients lead more active, healthier and happier lives during every stage of their treatment by improving physical fitness, psychological well-being and quality of life, maintaining a healthy weight, managing side effects of cancer treatment and reducing risk factors for cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases. Continue reading

Boosting facilities for students

the new gym facilitiesA new gym, learning space and seminar room have been unveiled at the University’s Eastbourne campus.

The Queenwood Seminar Room and Social Learning Spaces feature state-of-the-art furniture and technology to facilitate student collaboration. Key additions include two edit suit rooms, USB power chargers throughout and fixed and flexible furniture, including coffee tables and collaboration desks.

The Queenwood G30 seminar room has capacity for 54 people. The space is highly flexible and features bespoke desks that can be folded and stacked away. A height-adjustable lectern provides increased flexibility during lectures. Continue reading

Win funding for your idea

competition logoThe Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition is your chance to make it happen if you have an idea for a new product, service or community project!

There are top prizes of £1500, £1000 and £750 available to win. As well as the cash prizes, the three winners will also receive a free package of support from local entrepreneurs and specialist businesses. There are also three runners-up prizes of £250 and ten highly commended awards of £100.

The competition is open to all students and those who have graduated in the last three years. It aims to reward innovation, and turn great ideas into reality.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 4 March 2019.

For more information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/careers/start-your-own-business/santander-university-of-brighton-ideas-competition/index.aspx

Catching up with Professor Nick Webborn

a picture of Nick with a paralympic athleteAs a preview to his upcoming inaugural lecture we spoke to the clinical professor of sport and exercise medicine at the University.

Nick Webborn OBE has been at the forefront in the development of Paralympic medicine, and is now chair of the British Paralympic Association.

Nick incurred a spinal cord injury while serving in the Royal Air Force in 1981 and his own experience of the rehabilitation process inspired his career in sports medicine. In this episode, ahead of his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 27 February, Paralympic Sports Medicine – The Evolution of a Specialty, Nick traces the story of his career journey and mission to bring the same level of support to Paralympians as Olympians.

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How to secure your first PE teaching post

Our physical education trainee teachers were provided with valuable professional advice when former Principal of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, Peter Midwinter, spoke to them about securing their first teaching position.

The seminar covered 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. Continue reading

How sport boosts international development

Children playing football in AfricaThe University of Brighton has joined forces with a charity to study how sport is boosting international development and improving lives.

It is partnering with the Brighton-based charity TackleAfrica in funding a PhD student for three years to focus on the politics and production of evidential knowledge in sport-for-development.

The student, Arthur Gaillard, is researching how sport-for-development initiatives are monitored and evaluated, and will identify ways of demonstrating programme effectiveness and impact. Continue reading

Using technology to teach orienteering

students using their phones Trainee teachers of physical education learnt more about ways in which they can integrate technology in physical education lessons and enhance the teaching learning of orienteering.

Traditional versions of orienteering can be more appealing through the use of technology especially if pupils are allowed to use their mobile phones or school devices within physical education lessons.  Trainees learnt more about photo orienteering, the use of QR codes and the use of data collection packages which collects all relevant and programmable information from participants to be quickly shared and recorded. Continue reading