£540,000 to beat the cheats

Yannis Pitsiladis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the School of Sport and Service Management has been awarded more than £540,000 to research a new cutting-edge test to beat doping cheats.

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis believes his new method could bring an end to athletes using performance-enhancing drugs. Continue reading

Research and Enterprise Support Excellence Award


Graham picks up his award

The Research and Enterprise Excellence Awards are a celebration of success across the research and enterprise community at the University of Brighton.

We’d like to send many congratulations to Graham Spacey, School of Sport and Service Management Project Officer, who picked up The Research and Enterprise Support Excellence Award for support in the development and management of Football4Peace International and the school’s social and community engagement and widening participation portfolio.

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Supporting Football Welcomes

The University of Brighton is supporting Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes initiative, which is celebrating the contribution that refugees have made to the sport.

Football Welcomes, was a weekend of activities on 22 and 23 April supported by a range of Premier League clubs, the English Football League and the Football Association Women’s Super League. It marks the 80th anniversary of the arrival in the UK of some of the first refugees to play professional football here.

Time to transform tourism

Professor Marina Novelli, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Tourism and International Development and a leading tourism activist, is calling for a worldwide shake-up to make the industry more sustainable, just and inclusive.

Professor Novelli contributed to the development of and is a signatory to the ‘Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism’ which is demanding “concrete activities and actions from the international community to transform tourism”.

The declaration, developed and signed by world-leading civil societies from 19 countries in Africa, Asia Europe and Latin America, says the “current dominant tourism model is not able to support the necessary transformation of our world envisaged by the 2030 Agenda”, the agenda set out by the United Nations for sustainable development. Continue reading

Professor Nick Webborn OBE has been elected as the new Chair of the British Paralympic Association.

Nick Webborn is Clinical Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine at our School of Sport and Service Management.

He is one of the leading sports medicine specialists in the UK, with a particular expertise in the area of disability and Paralympic sports. He has attended nine Paralympic Games in various roles, including as Chief Medical Officer for ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and also works with the Invictus Games.  Continue reading

A Celebration of Research in Cruise Tourism

On 15 February, the School of Sport and Service Management and the Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies (CoSTaLs) celebrated the world-leading research on cruise tourism being conducted at the University of Brighton.

As the fastest growing sector of the global tourism industry, cruise tourism is a significant research area and the CoSTaLs event provided an opportunity for staff and students to listen and discuss current research in this area.

Judith Römhild-Raviart shared her PhD research which is critically examining issues of sustainability awareness, values and attitudes both at home and on-board.

Judith’s research is taking an innovative approach by using netnography to determine factors that influence consumers’ social, economic and environmentally responsible behaviour.

Jennifer Holland shared her PhD research which is exploring how perceptions of risk influence consumer decision-making for a cruise holiday.

Jennifer’s research is using image elicitation to understand how people conceptualize risk for cruise holidays, while situating the research within a wider ‘culture of fear’ distinct to western societies in recent times.

Dr Clare Weeden also celebrated her recent publication Cruise Ship Tourism (2nd edition), co-edited with Professor Ross Dowling of Edith Cowan University, Australia, which contains contributions from her colleagues in the school – Dr Nigel Jarvis, Dr Jo-Anne Lester and Dr Ioannis Pantelidis.

This publication will surely become a valuable and useful resource for many as a result of its diverse and comprehensive collection of recent significant research in cruise tourism.

Afterwards, wine and nibbles were enjoyed by all.






Simon takes the prize

Seven times Paralympian Wheelchair basketball player Simon Munn took the Disability Sports Personality of the Year Award, sponsored by the University of Brighton, at the 14th Annual Sussex Sports Awards.

Simon trained with Alex Bliss, Strength and Conditioning Coach based at the university’s Welkin Laboratories in Eastbourne. Continue reading