Olympics role for professor

University backs first Africa Tourism Leadership Forum

ATLF logo which features a colourful map of AfricaThe University of Brighton is supporting the first Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards.

As a Pan-African event, this is the first Africa travel and tourism industry gathering designed by Africans, for Africans and being hosted in Africa. The forum will convene global and African travel and tourism business leaders, ministers, policymakers, tourism authorities, investors, destination marketing organisations, academics, travel trade and media to deliberate on initiatives to enhance intra-Africa travel and sustainable development of tourism across the continent. Continue reading

University of Brighton academic honoured

A School of Sport and Service Management lecturer has been recognised for “making a difference to the teaching of physical education at national and international level”.

The Association for Physical Education’s (AfPE) highest honour, the Honoured Members Award 2018, has been awarded to Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer in PE.

Dr Stidder receiving his award

Katharine Merry, Gary Stidder (centre) and Michael Chrighton, Chair of AfPE.

Dr Stidder, who coordinates the initial teacher training for Physical Education and is the subject’s route leader for PGCE and Schools Direct student trainees, received his award for services to physical education and for instilling values based education within the PE curriculum through his work with Football 4 Peace (@F4Pvalues).

He is co-founder and Deputy Director of the University of Brighton’s ground-breaking Football 4 Peace International which has been operating in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea and South Africa since 2001. Continue reading

Let’s unite tourism in Africa

Tight links between public and private sectors are needed to transform tourism growth across the African continent, according to UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

He was speaking at the 61st meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, held in Abuja, Nigeria, which was attended by 18 tourism ministers and key tourism stakeholders from 36 countries in Africa.

photo of Professor NovelliProfessor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for the University of Brighton’s Responsible Futures  Agenda, was amongst the guest speakers. Her work on fostering Responsible Futures through Sustainable Tourism  is aimed at contributing to a more just and environmentally sustainable society through the development of research and enterprise collaborations with local, national and international organisations and industry partners. Continue reading

Football for Peace professor to join UN

photo of Professor John Sugden

Professor John Sugden

A Brighton professor who co-founded a global programme using football to bring peace has been invited to advise the United Nations.

John Sugden, the University of Brighton’s Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Sport, will be part of an expert group supporting the Division for Social Policy and Development of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

He will fly to the UN’s New York headquarters in June for a meeting ‘Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace’ in preparation  for a report to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September. Continue reading

Brighton professors join the REF

Four professors from the University of Brighton have been invited to join the sub-panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Photo of Professor Marina Novelli

Professor Marina Novelli

The panel will include School of Sport and Service Management’s Professor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for Responsible Brighton Future.

Professor Novelli will be on the panel with the university’s Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Phil Ashworth, Professor of Physical Geography; Professor Andy Hobson, Professor of Teacher Learning and Development; and Professor Darren Newbury, Professor of Photographic History who have also been selected for these prestigious appointments. Continue reading

Celebrating International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. 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