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

Olympics role for professor

How munching ice can improve firefighter safety

As firefighters tackle moorland blazes in Greater Manchester, scientists at the University of Brighton are suggesting a way for crews to stay cool – eating ‘slushed’ ice.

PhD researcher Emily Watkins and Alan Richardson, Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, have been working with the Fire Service over the last six years to find ways of reducing core body temperatures of firefighters and, in turn, the risk of heat stroke, which can cause disorientation, fainting, organ failure and in some extreme cases death. Continue reading

School students given a sporting chance

Students playing with Kinball in the unversity's gymMore than 170 school students took part in two days of sport and exercise at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne.

The Years 9 and 10 students from Sussex, London and Southampton sampled PE, sport and exercise science, and sport coaching, supervised by student ambassadors.

Sarah Hogg, the University’s Director of Sport and Recreation, gave an overview of careers in sport and keynote speaker, ex-Sussex county cricketer Lewis Hatchett gave a talk on his career. 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

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

CIMSPA Higher Education Partnership

The University of Brighton is proud to have been chosen as one of just 10 institutions nationally, by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), to become a CIMSPA Higher Education Partner and take part in its two-year pilot scheme.

CIMSPA is the sport and physical activity sector’s chartered institute and the pilot will look to develop develop students’ employment prospects and recognition pathways for relevant study programmes. Continue reading

Students helping older people avoid falls

Sophie (left) and Megan

School of Sport and Service Management sport and exercise science students are visiting a care home to help tackle one of the most serious health issues facing older people – falls.

Every year, one third of older people fall and in London alone these account for a tenth of ambulance call outs. Falls result in injuries, some serious and occasionally fatal, and besides the misery caused, they result in a £2 billion financial burden to the NHS. Continue reading

Lisa’s research success

Research into neuromuscular fatigue from cycling has won a University of Brighton student a top award.

Lisa Schäfer addressed the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) conference in Nottingham and won the Human Kinetics Student Poster Presentation Award.

Lisa, based at the Welkin laboratories at the University’s Eastbourne campus, was honoured for her “outstanding contribution to sport and exercise sciences”. Her study ‘Neuromuscular fatigue following cycling above critical power’ was supervised by Dr Jeanne Dekerle and Dr Mark Hayes. Continue reading