Dr Nick Smeeton

Get off the sofa, turn up the music – and dance!

A University of Brighton exercise expert believes a good bop beats the isolation blues by increasing positive emotions while reducing negative ones.

“Dancing is good for you physically and mentally – it makes you happy,” according to Dr Nick Smeeton, Principal lecturer with the university’s Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research and Enterprise Group.

“And at times like this, when we are mainly cooped up at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep our bodies in trim, our minds active, and our emotions positive.

“Pretty well everyone can do it – if we live alone or we can dance with friends and relatives using social media platforms.”

Dr Smeeton co-authored a study that showed dancing burns about 600 calories per hour, about the same as some forms of recreational swimming, cycling or jogging for the same period. Read More

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University of Brighton joins dual-career scheme to support talented athletes

The university has been accredited by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme which helps young sportspeople pursue their goals while gaining qualifications.

The Sport England-backed programme allows athletes to reach their full potential in education alongside their successes in sport. By becoming a Dual Career Accredited Site, the University of Brighton will be a key part of the network of institutions which already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year.

These services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme.

Already among the elite athletes studying at the university are Sports Scholars George Mills, who recently won the British Athletics Indoor title over 1500m, and Wales international hockey player Lauren Roberts. Read More

George wrapped in the Union Jack at the British championship

Podcast: Catching up with sports scholar George Mills

In the latest podcast, we catch up with sports scholar and Sport and Exercise Science BSc student George Mills, who’s just become British Indoor athletics champion in the 1500m in Glasgow.

A week before that he raced in a world class field to go third in the British rankings over the same distance.

George has an outside chance of competing in the Olympics – he talks about that, what it means being a sport scholar here and how his course helps him, and talks about his famous dad – the former England footballer Danny Mills.

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Carry on sailing – despite the Coronavirus

A University of Brighton tourism expert is advising cruise ship passengers “not to be nervous but be cautious” and to carry on with their travel plans.

Dr Jennifer Holland, Lecturer in Competitive Marketing and a former cruise liner employee, said: “People need to take precautions and follow health guidelines but there are many cruises that are still operating.”

Dr Holland, whose advice was broadcast yesterday by BBC radio stations throughout the UK, said the cruise industry has “stepped up” to the challenge and developed “incredible protocols and guidelines for dealing with outbreaks”.

But she warned: “The coronavirus is totally unprecedented in its scope and scale and I think nobody could predict how rapidly it is spreading and how much of an impact it is having on the travel industry. Read More

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Boulder Brighton Director delivers session

Tom Bauer, Director of Boulder Brighton, visited the University to speak to first year Sport Management BSc students.

Tom’s session was part of the Finance and Economics module which is delivered by Richard Burgess-Gamble, lecturer and Director of Finance for Brighton Students’ Union.  This is the third time that Tom has delivered his session citing that “he loves being able to pass on his experience and knowledge to the next generation of sports business owners and managers”.

Boulder Brighton, an indoor bouldering centre, opened its doors in 2013. Tom and co-Director James Gomez  are both passionate about rock climbing and have climbed all over the UK and Europe. Having used countless different indoor climbing walls around the world they say “we think we’ve built our favourite”. Read More

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Brighton student becomes British athletics champion

University of Brighton third year Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) student George Mills claimed the 1500m title at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow on Sunday (23 February).

Mills, 20, who is from Leeds but represents local club Brighton Phoenix, clocked a time of 3:50:69 to take the British title at the Emirates Arena, a week after he set a new personal best of 3:39:25 at the same venue at the Indoor Grand Prix – one of the most prestigious indoor athletics meetings in the world. The latter time puts him third in the current 1500m British rankings.

Speaking about his achievement, Mills said: “I’m delighted to have won the British title in Glasgow, it was a target for me to perform well there from the beginning of the indoor season. As far as I’m concerned, there is a lot more hard work to be done and a long way to go. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn and gain as much experience as possible.” Read More

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Podcast: Catching up with Dr Alan Richardson

The school’s Dr Alan Richardson talks about his upcoming research which is a call for volunteers running the Brighton Marathon.

Alan also talks about his extensive work with the fire service.

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Be More: Employable, Skilled and Connected

Are you a School of Sport and Service Management student or alumni looking to boost your employability?

Perhaps you’d like to find out more about how to network and build connections – in person and via LinkedIn? Do you know what kind of opportunities are available to you?

If these are some of the questions you’ve been asking yourself recently, why not come along to the launch of UoB Connect: Be More.

This is an exciting project designed to help you Be More: Employable, Skilled and Connected.

The event will take place on Thursday 13th February from 12-4pm (come along when you can) and will be held at the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer, Brighton. Read More

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Progress your career with a postgraduate degree

Postgraduate study develops your skills, supports your career progression and allows for rich personal development. Our subjects include teacher training, journalism, sport and exercise physiology, sport development and strength and conditioning.

Enhanced earning potential
A masters won’t just help you to get a job, it will also help you to earn more money. Students with a postgraduate degree can expect to earn £5,500 more a year than those with just a bachelor’s – that’s around £200,000 in a working lifetime (Source: Sutton Trust).

Career-changing possibilities
You could use a postgraduate degree to change career – not every programme requires you to have studied the subject before. Read More

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Eastbourne’s first pop-up hotel school

The University of Brighton and Eastbourne’s View Hotel have teamed up to offer young people at school the opportunity to learn more about a career in hospitality.

The collaboration has been brought together by Eastbourne Borough Council, working with the View Hotel, the University of Brighton, East Sussex College Group, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and East Sussex County Council to create new opportunities for local people in the hospitality industry.

The pop-up hotel school concept was developed by the University’s Dr Ioannis S. Pantelidis who together with nine final year International Hospitality Management (BA(Hons) students designed training workshops, focusing on hospitality skills in a real life setting and including interactive presentations about a career in hospitality. The event has also been supported by Open Doors, a workplace-based project run by East Sussex County Council. Read More