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

Marina speaks to the BBC One on overtourism

Professor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and A smiling Marina in a striped jumperAcademic Lead for the University’s Responsible Futures, appeared on BBC One’s Rip Off Britain programme as expert on the subject of overtourism.

Professor Novelli, who is globally renowned for her research on the impact of tourism, told the BBC: “The problem of overtourism is in need of much attention and research. The problem with tourism is primarily rooted in the lack of innovative planning strategies and sustainable management approaches.

“Much of the success of tourism is measured according to the number of visitors arriving at a destination, rather than the short, medium and long term positive and negative impacts that the sector brings to a destination. The currently widely used tourism growth paradigm does not work anymore. Continue reading

Hastings Storytelling Festival success!

one of the eventsSenior lecturer Jayne Luscombe and lecturer Mandy Curtis have produced another successful Hastings Storytelling Festival through their production company, 18 hours.

The festival ran from 5-11 November with 24 individual events ranging from an arts-filled midnight walk to an afternoon with Axel Scheffler an author and the illustrator of The Grufallo. Thousands attended and you can view the 2018 programme on the website. Continue reading

Scoring for peace

More than 200 children from secondary schools around Sussex will be taking part in a football festival next week.

The University of Brighton’s Football 4 Peace (F4P) programme, which has operated in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea and South Africa since 2001, uses football to help resolve conflict between communities. Continue reading

How munching ice can improve firefighter safety

As firefighters tackle moorland blazes in Greater Manchester, scientists at the University of Brighton are suggesting a way for crews to stay cool – eating ‘slushed’ ice.

PhD researcher Emily Watkins and Alan Richardson, Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, have been working with the Fire Service over the last six years to find ways of reducing core body temperatures of firefighters and, in turn, the risk of heat stroke, which can cause disorientation, fainting, organ failure and in some extreme cases death. Continue reading

BMX brothers win Queen’s Award

Two brothers behind the world’s largest underground skate park – set up with help from the University of Brighton – have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2018.

Lifelong BMX riders, Richard and Marc Moore, run The Source (Hastings) Ltd an online BMX retailer which in 2016 converted derelict Turkish bath under the White Rock area of Hastings seafront into the ‘Source Park’.

The University, through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), is partnering with The Source to develop the world’s first BMX freestyle coaching framework. This recently achieved University of Brighton’s Recognising Educational Quality REQ mark for freestyle BMX and skateboarding. Continue reading

Poirot finds clues to fitness

David Suchet CBE spent a day at the University Eastbourne campus gathering tips before a charity trek to Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel in the Andes Mountains.

Photo of Dr Neil Maxwell with colleagues and the Suchet family in the labs

Dr Neil Maxwell (centre back row) with colleagues and the Suchet family

The award-winning actor, best known for playing Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot, joined other members of his family including newsreader John Suchet at the University’s Environmental Extremes Lab ahead of their two-week challenge.

In collaboration with local altitude awareness charity, Para-Monte, Dr Neil Maxwell, Gregor Eichhorn (PhD student), Mel Stemper (recent MSc graduate) and Josh Pennick (current MSc student) carried out altitude screening on the six members of the Suchet family. Continue reading

50 Shades of Green Tourism in East Sussex

East Sussex’s Green Tourism is booming, as visitors to the county are increasingly demanding environmentally sustainable experiences, involving unique locations such as the South Downs National Park, locally produced food and drinks and local cultural attractions, such as art galleries, museums and vineyards.

This was the core message of the University of Brighton’s Wish You Were Here event held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Continue reading

Best rescue of a historic building

An underground skate park set up with help from the University of Brighton has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Source Park, a world class BMX and Skate Park created from the derelict Victorian White Rock swimming baths, under the promenade in Hastings, welcomed its first riders and Skaters in March last year. Continue reading

The Question – Tourism

Professor Marina Novelli answers some everyday questions facing the travel industry and travellers:

  • Is there ever such a thing as ethical tourism?
  • After the Brexit devaluation, where should I go on holiday next year?
  • Where are the most exciting undiscovered holiday destinations?
  • Which former no-go country should be my next holiday destination?
  • How is climate change affecting the travel industry?

Read the interviews