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A taste of university life

As part of our widening participation outreach activities, we welcomed a group of Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree students from East Sussex College to the Eastbourne campus.

The event provided further information to the students about top-up degree options and other sport-related courses at the university. It also gave them an insight into university life.

The students listened to an overview from Dr Jim Wallis, Sport Coaching BSc course leader, and then took part in a coaching session led by second year students. They then visited the physiology sport lab and participated in a sport and exercise science session led by Dr Mark Hayes using equipment to test grip strength and jump distances. Read More

Profesor Yannis Pitsiladis in the labs

World recognition for University research to beat the cheats

A gene test developed at the University of Brighton to catch doping cheats could be introduced at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has announced.

Instead of looking for traces of illegal drugs in urine and blood samples, Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, the University’s Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, has researched RNA or Ribonucleic acid which together with DNA and proteins are essential for all forms of life.

And he has discovered drugs can leave a tell-tale signature in RNA. Read More

Young adults playing handball

How mixed-sex team games could reduce physical education injuries

Mixed-sex team games such as korfball and handball are examples of sports that can be taught in secondary schools without the need for physical contact, says a University of Brighton academic.

Dr Gary Stidder of the School of Sport and Service Management put forward this notion in the light of recent research into the safety and wellbeing of pupils in physical education school lessons.

A range of modified team games designed to eliminate direct contact with opponents have recently been introduced to PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers of physical education.

Dr Stidder believes that these new team games are timely, and will help to bring about a shift in the way that pupils in schools view sport. He said: “Physical education is not synonymous with sport. They are two completely different things.” Read More

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Rugby and netball stars up for awards

The University’s Men’s Rugby Union 1st Team and a Netball Club member have been nominated for top sporting awards.

The rugby team is shortlisted for the Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of Year in the Sussex Sports Awards 2019, hosted by Active Sussex, and presented at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel on 22 November.

Also being presented on the night will be the University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year award for which there are three nominees: Bobby Williams (Hailsham Cricket Club), Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham Cricket Club and East Dean Cricket Club), and McKenzie Howell (University of Brighton Netball Club). Read More

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Brighton leads firefighters’ health risk research

University of Brighton researchers have been leading the way on a study to see if firefighters are suffering serious health problems from exposure to high levels of harmful chemicals.

For the past year they have been taking blood and urine samples from more than 140 firefighters to determine if there is a link between exposure and incidents among them of diseases including cancer. Read More

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National backing for sport course

We’re delighted that our sport management course has been endorsed by a national institution.

Sport Management BSc(Hons) has received backing from the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) against the sport and physical activity sector’s professional standards framework.

The professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector, CIMSPA is “committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed and, as a result, inspire our nation to become more active”. Read More

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Tribute to “incredible” Channel swimmer

School of Sport and Service Management sports scientist and Channel swimmer has paid tribute to Sarah Thomas who swam the Channel four times non-stop for cancer sufferers everywhere.

Dr Gary Brickley, Senior Lecturer, said the 37-year-old American, treated for breast cancer just a year ago, was “incredible – I am in awe of her achievement”.

He said: “When I did my solo channel crossing in August 2016, I did actually start to wonder what it would be like to do a double channel swim. The limits of human endurance feats do astound me. I think with this one people thought that no one would be able to achieve it. Read More

The group on the cliffs at Eastbourne

Another successful summer school

In August, we welcomed 23 Year 12 students from schools and colleges across the South East to our Sport Summer School – part of the University of Brighton’s widening participation outreach programme.

Students got to experience university life for a week with a focus on sport courses. The students stayed in halls, took part in lectures, subject tasters, practical activities in the hall and sport and exercise science labs, as well as going on outings. They were also visited by Lewis Hatchett, ex-Sussex County Cricketer, who talked about his inspirational sporting journey and took part in a street dance session led by Rob Gregg from S3 Studios. Read More

A smiling Dr Alex Channon in the gym

Podcast: Catching up with Dr Alex Channon

In the latest podcast, we speak to School of Sport and Service Management Senior Lecturer Dr Alex Channon about his research into medical work in combat sports.

Alex also talks about how combat sports are regulated and the difference between fighting and violence. There’s also a conversation about concussion – a topic which regularly comes up in so many sports.

Alex is course leader of our Sport Studies and Sport Management undergraduate courses.

Find out more about Alex’s research and the Love Fighting, Hate Violence campaign.​

You can listen to the podcast by clicking the ‘play’ button below, or via most podcast apps – just search University of Brighton. We are on Spotify and iTunes, and many more platforms.

Two female students demonstrating their combat skills

Engaging with non-contact boxing

Physical Education PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers began their course with an introduction to non-contact boxing and how to implement it into the secondary school physical education curriculum.

Non-contact boxing is increasing in popularity as a means of developing personal fitness and core skills of agility and co-ordination. Combat activities such a boxing where the object is to outwit an opponent provides individuals opportunities to perform movement phases both in attack and defence such as stance, guard, footwork and maintaining balance whilst moving in all directions. Read More