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

PhD student wins the 3MT competition

Jennifer with her winners certificateSchool of Sport and Service Management PhD Student Jennifer Holland has won 1st place in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the University of Brighton’s Festival of Postgraduate Research which took place on 7 June.

Hosted by Vitae, the 3MT invites doctoral students to explain their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using only one slide, which is a huge feat when an 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present! Continue reading

We need alternative ways of doing tourism

backpacker in a busy street

Image by Steven Lewis

Tourism needs a radical overhaul to help secure the sustainability of the planet, tourism activists will argue.

Tourism and the impact of climate change, marine pollution, biodiversity loss, food and water security, health wellbeing and equality will be discussed at a seminar organised by the University of Brighton’s Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research and Enterprise Group. 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

How can we cope with the UK’s extreme weather?

As the country reflects on a cold start to the year, scientists at the University of Brighton are looking to the summer and researching ways older people can avoid heat-related illnesses which claim 2,000 lives in the UK each year.

The University is appealing to healthy volunteers aged 65 and over to volunteer for exercise testing designed to help older people cope better in the heat.

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Kirsty Waldock

Kirsty Waldock, PhD student and lead investigator at the School of Sport and Service Management, warned that climate change is likely to increase the number of heat-related illnesses.

She said: “Heat waves in recent years have resulted in increases in visits to hospital emergency departments for the treatment of heatstroke. The earth’s climate is warming and as the mean global temperature rises so does the frequency, severity and duration of heat waves, presenting a significant health risk to the population, with the over 65s being the most vulnerable. Continue reading

Latest research newsletter

image of the newsletter front coverThe January to March 2018 edition of the School of Sport and Service Management research newsletter has just been published. Features include:

  • Hercule Poirot visits the sport and exercise science labs as part of a Para-Monte Altitude Awareness Day
  • the launch of the Environmental Extremes Lab Blog
  • Optimising Preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Environment
  • Negotiating Gender in Sex-integrated Martial Arts Training

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Brighton professors join the REF

Four professors from the University of Brighton have been invited to join the sub-panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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Professor Marina Novelli

The panel will include School of Sport and Service Management’s Professor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for Responsible Brighton Future.

Professor Novelli will be on the panel with the university’s Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Phil Ashworth, Professor of Physical Geography; Professor Andy Hobson, Professor of Teacher Learning and Development; and Professor Darren Newbury, Professor of Photographic History who have also been selected for these prestigious appointments. 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

Celebrating International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. Continue reading