The TASS accredited logo which is a blue circle with a red star

University of Brighton joins dual-career scheme to support talented athletes

The university has been accredited by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme which helps young sportspeople pursue their goals while gaining qualifications.

The Sport England-backed programme allows athletes to reach their full potential in education alongside their successes in sport. By becoming a Dual Career Accredited Site, the University of Brighton will be a key part of the network of institutions which already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year.

These services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme.

Already among the elite athletes studying at the university are Sports Scholars George Mills, who recently won the British Athletics Indoor title over 1500m, and Wales international hockey player Lauren Roberts. Read More

George wrapped in the Union Jack at the British championship

Podcast: Catching up with sports scholar George Mills

In the latest podcast, we catch up with sports scholar and Sport and Exercise Science BSc student George Mills, who’s just become British Indoor athletics champion in the 1500m in Glasgow.

A week before that he raced in a world class field to go third in the British rankings over the same distance.

George has an outside chance of competing in the Olympics – he talks about that, what it means being a sport scholar here and how his course helps him, and talks about his famous dad – the former England footballer Danny Mills.

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The particpants in the Eastbourne gym

Celebrating International Women’s Day through sport

The University of Brighton welcomed teenage students from a school in Horsham to focus on careers for women in sport.

Following the University’s special feature on women in sport on International Women’s Day, Dr Gary Stidder and female students in the third year of their respective degree programmes invited fifty girls from Millais School to a School of Sport and Service Management conference to hear about a range of topics.

Visiting students received presentations about Physical Education (from Ciara Buckley), Sport Coaching (Gloria Gyan), Sport and Exercise Science (Ellie Noble and Lucy Shepherd), Sport Management (Eeva Liimola) and Journalism (Sophia Andersson-Gylden).  Read More

Russell Martin at the podium during his talk

A management masterclass from one of Brighton’s best-known footballers

Former Scotland and Norwich defender Russell Martin, and current manager of League One MK Dons, visited University of Brighton students to offer his tips on leadership in sport.

The founder of the Brighton & Hove based charity The Russell Martin Foundation hung up his boots late last year before moving into football management and was invited to give a guest lecture to students on sport-related courses at the Eastbourne campus.

The ex-Norwich captain, who led the Canaries in the Premier League and also counts Glasgow giants Rangers among his former clubs, shared his thoughts on building high-performance culture and the importance of honest, self-critical reflection for achieving success. Martin advised students to have a clear vision about what they wanted to achieve and realise what they need to do to get there.

Martin grew up in Sussex and came through the youth system at Brighton & Hove Albion before eventually starting his senior Football League career at Wycombe. He has since set up a charity in his hometown which uses the sport to help change people’s lives. Read More

Alan in the test chamber

Podcast: Catching up with Dr Alan Richardson

The school’s Dr Alan Richardson talks about his upcoming research which is a call for volunteers running the Brighton Marathon.

Alan also talks about his extensive work with the fire service.

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students with Dr Mark Hayes

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

the NSS celebration cake

Celebrating the NSS

School of Sport and Service Management staff came together for tea and cake to celebrate another successful National Student Survey result.

The school’s score for overall satisfaction was 85% – 1% higher than the average all UK universities score. We’re particularly proud of the following course results which are way above average: Read More

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis in his white coat in the labs

Catching up with Professor Yannis Pitsiladis

We speak to the Professor of Sport and Exercise Science about how the University’s at the forefront of anti-doping research.

​Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, who’s also a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Commission and chairs the Science Commission of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, also discusses the case of Caster Semenya and intersex athletes and his mission to lead a team to a sub-2 hour marathon, completely within athletics regulations.​

As a member of several high-profile organisations, Yannis is at the forefront of helping to solve some of sport’s most pressing issues.

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Awareness raising tournament success

Over 90 students from the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus participated in a 5-a-side football tournament to raise awareness of homophobia within sport.

The Football 4 Peace (F4P) vs Homophobia tournament took place in early May and supported the Justin campaign, which highlights the prejudices in football towards the LGBT community. It was set up in memory of footballer Justin Fashanu who tragically committed suicide after revealing his sexuality in 1998. Read More

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis in his white coat in the labs

40 transgender athletes volunteer for Brighton research

University of Brighton scientists are researching how to resolve international controversy over whether transgender sportswomen are competing fairly.

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis and colleagues are conducting a study of more than 40 individuals going through transition, with the aim of determining the fairest way of integrating transgender athletes into elite sport.

Testosterone increases muscle mass and under International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines athletes who have transitioned from male to female are required to keep their levels of testosterone under 10 nanomoles per litre. Read More