Professional-Based learning presentation

Travel marketing consultant and entrepreneur, Helena Beard, gave a presentation to events, hospitality, tourism and sport development masters students on her perspective when working with interns and volunteers.

Her company, China Travel Outbound, has welcomed a number of students and graduates onto placements over the past two years, including a third year student from Brighton earlier this year.

She made the point that there are some very simple things that good interns do: they turn up on time and are always reliable, they use their initiative and they check their work before giving it to their manager. But there are also other less obvious things which are extremely important. Continue reading

CoSTaLs PhD Students host Postgraduate Conference on Reflexivity

20161202_114410On 2 December, School of Sport and Service Management PhD students Adam Talbot and Jennifer Holland co-hosted with Sheffield Hallam PhD student Rachel Handforth a one day conference on the challenge to using reflexivity in research.

This regional postgraduate event was organised on behalf of the British Sociological Association and the Centre of Sport, Tourism & Leisure Studies (CoSTaLs) with delegates coming from 17 universities across the country. Continue reading

Engaging in values-based teaching through sport

PGCE and School Direct Trainee PE teachers took part in a two day workshop designed to develop their understanding of values-based teaching through sport.

dscf2602Specifically through the medium of rugby, well known as a high-impact collision sport, students were shown how rugby can be used in alternative ways to promote and contribute to the holistic education of young people and develop the child rather than the player. Continue reading

PhD for Maria

Maria in the Culinary Arts Studio at the start of her studies

Maria in the Culinary Arts Studio at the start of her studies

A huge congratulations to Dr Maria Gebbels who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Career Paths in Hospitality: A Life History Approach.

Maria first joined us as an undergraduate hospitality student seven years ago and continued as a postgraduate student before embarking on her PhD studies.

Maria said: “These past few years have indeed been life changing, and without your support, encouragement and making me feel like part of the team, I would have not been able to grow as an individual and an academic.”

Maria has now started her academic career as a lecturer in hospitality management at the University of Greenwich.

We wish you every success Maria and we’ll miss you!


PhD student features on CABI

Student Jennifer Holland was recently asked to write a guest article for the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences (CABI) about her PhD “Navigating Uncertainty: The Influence of Risk on Consumer Decision-Making in Ocean Cruising”.

Jennifer’s article featured in CABI’s Leisure Tourism section and you can read the article here.

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Looking for ways to stay cool during heatwaves

As sunbathers enjoy this week’s hot weather, scientists at the University of Brighton are researching ways the elderly can avoid heat-related illnesses which claim 2,000 lives in the UK each year.

The university is recruiting healthy volunteers aged 65 and over for a series of tests designed to help older people to stay cool. Continue reading

Enriching the postgraduate experience

Lectures and essays do not exclusively compound the postgraduate experience. University life, as the University of Brighton sees it, is a much more complete network of resources to make learning an on-going and enriching process.

Modules deliver the basic outcomes for all courses; to achieve thought-through goals however, the university experience does not stop there.

By hosting research seminars, such as a recent one titled The visibility of female athletes: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games coverage in European countries, Continue reading

Graduate returns to help students

Inma Gonzalez Segura who graduated with a distinction in February from the Tourism and International Development MSc has stayed on at the university to lead PASS sessions for postgraduate students. PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is a student-led initiative where issues relating to course material and student life can be discussed in a friendly, informal environment with peers and trained student facilitators. Continue reading