BMX brothers win Queen’s Award

Two brothers behind the world’s largest underground skate park – set up with help from the University of Brighton – have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2018.

Lifelong BMX riders, Richard and Marc Moore, run The Source (Hastings) Ltd an online BMX retailer which in 2016 converted derelict Turkish bath under the White Rock area of Hastings seafront into the ‘Source Park’.

The University, through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), is partnering with The Source to develop the world’s first BMX freestyle coaching framework. This recently achieved University of Brighton’s Recognising Educational Quality REQ mark for freestyle BMX and skateboarding. Continue reading

Football for Peace professor to join UN

photo of Professor John Sugden

Professor John Sugden

A Brighton professor who co-founded a global programme using football to bring peace has been invited to advise the United Nations.

John Sugden, the University of Brighton’s Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Sport, will be part of an expert group supporting the Division for Social Policy and Development of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

He will fly to the UN’s New York headquarters in June for a meeting ‘Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace’ in preparation  for a report to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September. 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

Daniel becomes youngest half marathon winner

Daniel crosses the finish lineUniversity of Brighton student and distance runner Daniel Stidder became the youngest ever athlete to win the Eastbourne Half Marathon.

Daniel who is 19 and a first year Physical Education BA(Hons) student finished the race in an astonishing time of 1 hour 15 minutes and 10 second – an amazing three minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. His time was the fifth fastest time ever recorded at the event.

Daniel competes for the University of Brighton and Brighton Phoenix running clubs and has high hopes to make the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and to win gold on his home turf. Continue reading

Guest speaker gives financial insight

First year students on the Sport Business Management BSc(Hons) welcomed Joseph Lowe, an ACCA qualified accountant, to deliver a talk on leisure trust management and community sport.

Student John Hanson reports on the lecture:

“Joseph Lowe came to the University of Brighton to give a presentation to first year students studying the Finance for Sport Management module. Joseph is a qualified accountant who graduated with a politics degree from Warwick University.

“He is an experienced Charity Finance Director and Company Secretary and is currently the Chief Executive of International House Trust. Continue reading

Value of Sport Conference

As part of the Compact Plus Programme, the University of Brighton held a Value of Sport 6th Form Conference at the Eastbourne campus to highlight the opportunities to pursue sport as a career.

Students from BACA, Ark William Parker Academy and Uxbridge College were welcomed by Mark Hayes, Senior Lecturer, followed by a keynote presentation from University of Brighton Alumna Katy Ritchie who has worked on lottery funded projects such as Back to Netball and is currently developing All Stars Cricket. Continue reading

Professor heads to South Korea

The School of Sport and Service Management’s Professor Nick Webborn has travelled to PyeongChang as President of the British Delegation at the Winter Paralympics which start on 9 March.

Professor Webborn OBE is Chair of the British Paralympic Association and will be attending his tenth Paralympic Games. He has worked previously in various roles, including as Chief Medical Officer for ParalympicsGB at London 2012, and he also works with the Invictus Games. Continue reading

Dodgeball event provides insider knowledge

During their first year, students studying on the Sport Business Management BSc(Hons) design, develop, run and evaluate a sport event for a client. To help prepare them for the task, and provide inspiration, students took part in a dodgeball event.

Student Eeva Liimola reports:

“As a part of University of Brighton’s Parklife programme, we were invited to take part in their dodgeball session held in the Eastbourne campus sports centre. Continue reading

Triathlon Trust CEO inspires students

First year Sport Business Management BSc(Hons) students received a guest lecture by Mike Jubb, CEO of the Triathlon Trust, as part of the Finance for Sport Management module. Mike has managed to combine his passion for sport with a successful career in business making him the perfect guest speaker!

Mike is a qualified management accountant who trained with Rolls-Royce Plc before spending 16 years with the UK, European and Global Head Office of HSBC undertaking various roles including Head of Finance for UK Credit Cards and UK internet banking. His appetite to tackle and implement change successfully resulted in project managing the off-shoring of European accountancy processes to India and ensuring Europe’s compliance with Sarbanes Oxley (US legislation following the Enron scandal). Continue reading

Mock assessment day

Undergraduate and postgraduate students at the School of Sport and Service Management took part in a mock assessment day organised by the university’s careers service.

The event was linked to two modules, Employability Enterprise and Innovation, and Professional Practice, but was opened up to all students. Many organisations run assessment days as part of their recruitment process and the event aimed to give students a head start for when they graduate.

Capgemini, a global consultancy company, sent four of their consultants who worked in areas including IT, Finance and HR down for the afternoon. Continue reading