Developing enterprise and innovation

School of Sport and Service Management students took advantage of the option module Enterprise and Innovation to enhance their business acumen and employability.

The module, offered in the final year on many of the school’s undergraduate programmes, and provides the opportunity to develop a product idea, a business development idea or a social innovation. Student ideas ranged from a first week at Uni kit, a new restaurant concept, an app for identifying which bands are playing where and a new bin design that reduces odours and is easier to clean. Continue reading

Inclusive Sports Festival

The groups learning dancePGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance students took part in a whole day of inclusive sport and physical activity with pupils with additional learning needs from schools in East Sussex.

The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion within the secondary school physical education and dance curriculum. The day comprised of activities such as boccia, sit-down volleyball, parachute games, new-age kurling and goalball as well as dance activities. Continue reading

Disability sport awareness training

students taking part in the activitiesPhysical Education and Dance trainee teachers took part in disability sport awareness training as part of their induction into their PGCE and School Direct physical education training.

Students learnt more about the games of Boccia, sit-down volleyball, new age kurling, goal ball and parachute games. The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion in physical education and the training was designed to help trainees have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit pupils’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these. Continue reading

Surf’s Up!

One of the students on a skateboard in the gymPhysical Education PGCE trainee teachers were introduced to the new craze sweeping across the UK when they took part in a street surfing workshop as part of the induction programme.

Many young people are physically active out of school and engaged physical activity on wheels such as mountain biking, BMX biking, skateboarding, in-line skating, street surfing and micro-scootering and yet very few schools have recognised this as a means to increase pupils activity levels and tend to ignore the potential of introducing these activities into their physical education lessons. Continue reading

Team building and problem solving

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance trainee teachers came together at the start of their course to take part in a series of team building exercises designed to develop group dynamics and working relationships.

A series of ice-breaking activities were followed by team building games and exercises, in small groups, in order to develop trust and responsibility. Students then took part in a number of larger group activities designed to promote problem solving and decision making. Continue reading

Non-contact boxing

students boxingNew PGCE and School Direct Physical Education trainee teachers began their initial teacher training with an introduction to non-contact boxing.

This included an introductory session on how to implement non-contact boxing 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. Continue reading

University joins the Albion

The University of Brighton is the new Official Higher Education Partner of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

The new partnership between the city’s largest university and its Premier League football club will build on existing collaborations through the School of Sport & Service Management and School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences in the areas of sports science and medicine.

The new partnership will provide a platform for a range of activities, including potential research projects (including potential co-funding of PhD opportunities) and joint work on community programmes. Students studying in a wide variety of areas such as sport science, sport coaching, sport management, sport journalism, hospitality, event management, travel and tourism, and physical education will all benefit from the partnership. Continue reading

Explore your options through clearing

Good luck to everyone receiving A-Level results tomorrow! 

If you’ve had a change of heart, or your exams have gone differently from what you expected, clearing is an opportunity to assess your options and explore the possibilities. 

If you need help navigating your way through the Clearing process, check out our handy guide. Or call us on 01273 644000, we can help.  Continue reading

A prestigious invite for Kick-start

Kick-start dancing on stageThe University of Brighton’s all-male dance company, Kick-start, were invited to showcase their work at the Association for Physical Education’s annual national conference held at St Georges’ Park National Football Centre.

The dance company is made up of students on the Physical Education BA(Hons) with QTS course based at the university’s Eastbourne campus. Continue reading

University of Brighton academic honoured

A School of Sport and Service Management lecturer has been recognised for “making a difference to the teaching of physical education at national and international level”.

The Association for Physical Education’s (AfPE) highest honour, the Honoured Members Award 2018, has been awarded to Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer in PE.

Dr Stidder receiving his award

Katharine Merry, Gary Stidder (centre) and Michael Chrighton, Chair of AfPE.

Dr Stidder, who coordinates the initial teacher training for Physical Education and is the subject’s route leader for PGCE and Schools Direct student trainees, received his award for services to physical education and for instilling values based education within the PE curriculum through his work with Football 4 Peace (@F4Pvalues).

He is co-founder and Deputy Director of the University of Brighton’s ground-breaking Football 4 Peace International which has been operating in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea and South Africa since 2001. Continue reading