Some of the EFEL award winners clapping at the ceremony

Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning award

Congratulations to Owen Evans, Sport Journalism course leader, and Dr Rodrigo Lucena de Mello, senior lecturer, who have received an Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning award.

The Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning awards, presented at the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, invite University of Brighton staff and students to nominate someone they believe has gone above and beyond to improve the student experience and is an exceptional teacher and learning facilitator.

This year, over 1,150 nominations were received from students and colleagues across the University, resulting in over 500 individual nominees.

Nominees are invited to submit a statement describing their approach to learning and teaching for consideration by the judging panel.

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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Academics commended by the Israeli Sports Authority

Dr Stidder receiving his award

Dr Gary Stidder, left

Physical Education lecturers from the School of Sport and Service Management were commended by the Israeli Sport Authority in a ceremony at the German Sports University based in Cologne following their contribution to a five day ‘Sport for Life’ training event which involved 50 Arab and Jewish Israeli sports leaders.

Dr Gary Stidder, Warren Smart and Simon Green delivered a series of practical sessions based on the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football 4 Peace Curriculum and Methodology and were given special commendations by Regional Director for the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport Gazi Nujeidat at a Gala dinner event. 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

Podcast: Catching up with Dr Gary Brickley

With a week to go until the Brighton Marathon, we’ve been asking the senior lecturer in exercise physiology for some tips ahead of the event.

Gary, a renowned Paralympic cycling coach who used to work with 14-time Paralympic gold winner Dame Sarah Storey, also tells us about his career, his own endurance exploits in open water swimming and his work with Tokyo 2020 Paratriathlon contender Joe Townsend.​

You can like and subscribe to the podcasts via Spotify or Apple Podcasts (click the links to listen to this episode on the relevant platform), or search University of Brighton in your preferred podcast app. Read More

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Paralympic Sports Medicine – The Evolution of a Specialty

Nick 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.

Find out more and book your place.

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Marina speaks to the BBC One on overtourism

Professor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for the University’s Responsible Futures, appeared on BBC One’s Rip Off Britain programme as expert on the subject of overtourism.

Professor Novelli, who is globally renowned for her research on the impact of tourism, told the BBC: “The problem of overtourism is in need of much attention and research. The problem with tourism is primarily rooted in the lack of innovative planning strategies and sustainable management approaches.

“Much of the success of tourism is measured according to the number of visitors arriving at a destination, rather than the short, medium and long term positive and negative impacts that the sector brings to a destination. The currently widely used tourism growth paradigm does not work anymore. Read More

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The Spectacle of Fashion

Senior Lecturer, Susan Bishop, has an exhibition and talk taking place titled ‘The Spectacle of Fashion at Barkers Department Store 1928-1930‘.

Prpfessor Pitsiladis at the lecturn

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. Read More

Ioannis in the university's Culinary Arts Studio

Ioannis takes the Chair

Ioannis in the university's Culinary Arts StudioDr Ioannis Pantelidis, Principal Lecturer at the School of Sport and Service Management, has been appointed Chair of the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME).

The CHME represents over 60 universities and further education colleges and offers higher education programmes in the fields of hospitality studies, hospitality management and related fields. CHME aims to contribute to the professional development and status of UK and international hospitality management education through the sharing of best practice in scholarship and pedagogy.

Dr Ioannis said: “This is a great honour and one which I believe reflects the high quality of hospitality courses offered by this University.”