Harold should have won the Battle of Hastings

On the day of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, The Head of the School of Sport & Service Management, Professor Jonathan Doust, has been wondering how King Harold might have fared if he had the science and nutritional support now commonplace in the 21st century.   

Harold had to march his army quickly, 300 south, after warding off Viking invaders at the Battle of Stamford Bridge to defend the country against the invading Norman army.  His army marched around 25 miles a day for a fortnight to make the journey and some historians put his defeat down to exhausted soldiers. 

The fast march carried an immense physical strain that Professor Doust calculates as a daily food need of 4,500 calories – similar to that faced by hard-training sportsmen and women.  Continue reading

The Golden Games

The University of Brighton joined in the Paralympics celebrations, having coached or supported several GB medal-winning stars.

The most decorated female GB Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, coached by the university’s Dr Gary Brickley, won her 14th gold medal in the cycling road race, her third gold of the Rio Games.

And another cycling star coached by Dr Brickley, Dave Stone MBE, collected bronze and silver medals, making a career total of six.

Dr Brickley, Senior Lecturer and exercise physiologist and based at the university’s School of Sport and Service Management in Eastbourne said: “The Paralympic Games in Rio have been a huge success, improving on London in the same way the Olympic team managed to secure more medals. Continue reading

Students can join the Olympic gold rush

The Rio Olympic Games have shown that not only has Great Britain has some of the best athletes in the world but also how students can take up top careers to help achieve more to medal successes.

They include: head of performance, head of sports nutrition performance analysis, physiotherapists, engineers and sports journalists.

That’s the view of Dr Gary Brickley, University of Brighton Senior Lecturer and exercise physiologist who has worked for the GB cycling team as a physiologist and coach since 2000. He coaches cyclist Dame Sarah Storey and Dave Stone MBE and will be in Rio in September for the Paralympics. Continue reading

Value of Sport Conference

Last month the University of Brighton held its Value of Sport Conference at the Falmer campus for local college students to highlight how they can pursue a career in the sport industry.

Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) student Verity Cooper reflects on the day:

“I was invited to the conference as a student ambassador. It was great to share my passion for the field of sport, and to share my experiences as a student working towards a career in sport. Continue reading


The number of University of Brighton graduates finding work or moving on to further study after completing their studies has hit its highest ever level. 

According to the latest annual figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, more than nine out of ten graduates who completed their first degree in 2014-15 were in employment or further study, with over 70 percent employed at a managerial and professional level.  Continue reading

Lacrosse Team’s Cup Success

Report by Jack Groves, Physical Education with QTS student.

An enthusiastic and jubilant crowd cheered the University of Brighton’s men’s lacrosse team on to a resounding 20-3 win versus Reading in the British Universities & Colleges Sport Lacrosse 2015-2016 South Eastern Conference Cup final on the all-terrain pitch at the Eastbourne campus. Continue reading

Sport Coaching graduates – where are they now?

The University of Brighton prides itself on the employability of our students and we make sure they graduate with confidence and ready for work.

Work placements are just one of the ways we do this – they not only provide invaluable hands-on experience but many students are offered permanent jobs by the company they’ve spend their placement with.  Continue reading

World’s largest underground skate park provides student opportunities

A disused Victorian swimming bath complex has been turned into the world’s largest underground skate park – with help from the University of Brighton.

The 130-year-old building beneath the seafront promenade in Hastings, officially opened on 12 February, has been converted by a BMX and skateboarding brand Source BMX.

Harvey Ells, Principal Lecturer at the School of Sport and Service Management has been acting as the service provider, working with the management team at Source on planning aspects including retail layout. He has been supported by a Technology Strategy Board Innovation Voucher.

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