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

The Golden Games

The University of Brighton joined in the Paralympics celebrations, having coached or supported several GB medal-winning stars.

The most decorated female GB Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, coached by the university’s Dr Gary Brickley, won her 14th gold medal in the cycling road race, her third gold of the Rio Games.

And another cycling star coached by Dr Brickley, Dave Stone MBE, collected bronze and silver medals, making a career total of six.

Dr Brickley, Senior Lecturer and exercise physiologist and based at the university’s School of Sport and Service Management in Eastbourne said: “The Paralympic Games in Rio have been a huge success, improving on London in the same way the Olympic team managed to secure more medals. Continue reading

Simon’s dreaming of gold

Alex coaching Simon to improve strength and conditioningSimon Munn is playing for gold in the Rio Paralympics – and the University of Brighton can take a bow if he does.

The GB Wheelchair basketball team star, taking part in what will be his seventh consecutive Games, has been working with Alex Bliss, Strength and Conditioning Coach based at the university’s Welkin Laboratories in Eastbourne.

Alex said: “Simon has been has been an integral member of the Men’s Elite Great British Basketball team for over 20 years. Simon, who lives in Peacehaven, has been accessing the University of Brighton’s Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy Unit (SESCU) for around eight years in preparation for three Paralympic games – Beijing in 2008, London, 2012, and now Rio de Janeiro.” Continue reading

Brighton Paralympian makes it Seven in a Row

Brighton-based wheelchair basketball veteran Simon Munn is Rio-bound for this summer’s Paralympic Games

He will join Dame Sarah Storey as ParalympicGB’s most experienced athlete as he makes his appearance at a seventh consecutive games – the most ever by an athlete in a single sport.

As part of his training preparation, Simon, who lives in Peacehaven, has been working with the University of Brighton’s Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy Unit as part of the British Wheelchair Basketball performance programme. Continue reading

Testing time for medical cooling vest

A medical cooling vest was recently tested at the University of Brighton’s Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy Unit (SESCU).

The product called the CAERvest® was tested by Ash Willmott and Dr Neil Maxwell and was effectively used during the recent Brighton and London marathons on several runners suffering from exertional heat illnesses. Continue reading