Improving our medal chances at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

EIS logoA Memorandum of Understanding to signify a statement of intent to collaborate signed between the University of Brighton and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) is providing hands-on benefits for our sport and exercise science students.

The Memorandum of Understanding reflects the on-going support the university’s Environmental Extremes Lab Team are providing the EIS and associated national teams as they prepare for the heat of Tokyo at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Third year Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) dissertation students are currently involved in eight research projects around the themes of acute and chronic heat alleviation which has been identified by the EIS as priority for improving our chances of securing medals in 2020. Continue reading

Sport and Exercise Science students working in the community

Students on our Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) course have been gaining hands-on experience working in the community as part of their course.

Students on the Personal and Professional Development module have helped with the launch of our new exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programme, The Active Recovery Programme. The programme has been developed by course leader Dr Louisa Beale in collaboration with Freedom Leisure, with funding from the cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support via Albion in the Community, and an ECHO grant.

The programme aims to help cancer patients lead more active, healthier and happier lives during every stage of their treatment by improving physical fitness, psychological well-being and quality of life, maintaining a healthy weight, managing side effects of cancer treatment and reducing risk factors for cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases. Continue reading

Boosting facilities for students

the new gym facilitiesA new gym, learning space and seminar room have been unveiled at the University’s Eastbourne campus.

The Queenwood Seminar Room and Social Learning Spaces feature state-of-the-art furniture and technology to facilitate student collaboration. Key additions include two edit suit rooms, USB power chargers throughout and fixed and flexible furniture, including coffee tables and collaboration desks.

The Queenwood G30 seminar room has capacity for 54 people. The space is highly flexible and features bespoke desks that can be folded and stacked away. A height-adjustable lectern provides increased flexibility during lectures. Continue reading

Catching up with Professor Nick Webborn

a picture of Nick with a paralympic athleteAs a preview to his upcoming inaugural lecture we spoke to the clinical professor of sport and exercise medicine at the University.

Nick Webborn OBE has been at the forefront in the development of Paralympic medicine, and is now chair of the British Paralympic Association.

Nick incurred a spinal cord injury while serving in the Royal Air Force in 1981 and his own experience of the rehabilitation process inspired his career in sports medicine. In this episode, ahead of his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 27 February, Paralympic Sports Medicine – The Evolution of a Specialty, Nick traces the story of his career journey and mission to bring the same level of support to Paralympians as Olympians.

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Paralympic Sports Medicine – The Evolution of a Specialty

a picture of Nick with a paralympic athleteNick Webborn OBE, Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the School of Sport and Service Management, presents his inaugural lecture, Paralympic Sports Medicine – The Evolution of a Specialty, on Wednesday 27 February.

The event starts at 6.30pm and takes place in the Hillbrow building of the Eastbourne campus.

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Run for the homeless

the group on their run

School of Sport and Service Management and Health Science students joined Eastbourne Boxing Club in a run for the homeless organised by the university’s boxing team.

The event took place at the beginning of December to distribute items to help Eastbourne’s homeless through the cold winter. Donations were received from staff and students, the University of Brighton boxing team and members of Eastbourne Boxing Club.

As the name suggests they group ran through the streets of Eastbourne to hand out the items which included clothing, torches, washing products and food. Continue reading

University of Brighton launches cancer rehabilitation programme in Eastbourne

The University of Brighton has launched an exercise-based cancer rehabilitation programme in Eastbourne.

Designed to help individuals with or recovering from cancer, the scheme, entitled Active Recovery, has been developed by experts from the University and Freedom Leisure in consultation with Cancer United’s CU Fitter™ initiative. Funding has been generously supplied by the cancer charity Macmillan via Albion in the Community and a University of Brighton ECHO grant.

Harrison helping Active Recovery client David with his exercises in the university's gym

Harrison with Active Recovery client David

Classes are run weekly by Stephanie Wadlow from Freedom Leisure and Harrison Collier-Bain, an Applied Exercise Physiology MSc student at the University. The programme aims to help cancer patients lead more active, healthier and happier lives during every stage of their treatment by improving physical fitness, psychological well-being and quality of life, maintaining a healthy weight, managing side effects of cancer treatment and reducing risk factors for cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases. Continue reading

Peak Performance without Doping: Fact or Fiction?

Prpfessor Pitsiladis at the lecturnIn the first of this year’s sport and exercise science seminar series Professor Yannis Pitsiladis delivered a lecture entitled Peak Performance without Doping: Fact or Fiction?

Over the course of his talk to a mixed audience of students, academics and practitioners Professor Pitsiladis updated the attendees on his global collaborations centred on aspects of doping detection and the three pillars of anti-doping in top level sport. Continue reading

Welcome to the Imaginarium!

the colourful Imaginarium brandingStudents at the School of Sport and Service Management have access to a few facility – the Imaginarium.

The Imaginarium is a start-up and entrepreneurial unit where students can develop and build their own business ideas. It is linked up to nine study modules, with more to follow, offering the possibility of also gaining credits for getting involved. 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