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

Protecting biodiversity through sustainable tourism in Africa

Professor Marina Novelli

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) invited Professor Marina Novelli to chair a panel session at the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) during one of the largest international tourism fairs in the world, FITUR, staged in Madrid in January.

The ‘Biodiversity as a Driver for Sustainable Tourism: The Importance of Effective Community Involvement’ session considered an integrated approach to harmonise sustainable tourism with the protection of biodiversity in Africa and identified ways of empowering local communities to participate in conservation efforts and benefit from them. Continue reading

Success for Madeleine

Madeleine Orr graduated from our International Event Management MSc in 2016 and was awarded a scholarship to undertake her PhD at the University of Minnesota.

Her success was partly based on her excellent masters research dissertation supervised by the school’s Dr Nigel Jarvis, and her overall distinction in her degree award. Maddy investigated the legacies of the 2015 Pan American Games and concluded the legacies were very contested despite the rhetoric promoted by games organisers,  politicians and other stakeholders. Continue reading