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

Protecting biodiversity through sustainable tourism in Africa

Professor Marina Novelli

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) invited Professor Marina Novelli to chair a panel session at the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) during one of the largest international tourism fairs in the world, FITUR, staged in Madrid in January.

The ‘Biodiversity as a Driver for Sustainable Tourism: The Importance of Effective Community Involvement’ session considered an integrated approach to harmonise sustainable tourism with the protection of biodiversity in Africa and identified ways of empowering local communities to participate in conservation efforts and benefit from them. Continue reading

Our North Korea expert in demand

Dr Udo Merkel, Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Service Management and an expert on North Korea, has been a top target for media from around the world following North Korea’s decision to engage in talks with the South and send a delegation to the Winter Olympic Games taking place in South Korea next month.

The sport sociologist has been interviewed or quoted by CNN, BBC, The Guardian, El Mundo (Spain), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Neue Züricher Zeitung (Switzerland), and radio stations in Australia, South Korea and Japan. Continue reading

University of Brighton scholars honoured

Two University of Brighton professors have been honoured for their “high quality and sustained profile of their scholarship” by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS).

John Sugden, Professor of the Sociology of Sport in the School of Sport and Service Management, and Professor Alan Tomlinson, Professor of Leisure Studies in the School of Humanities, received the award of NASSS (Research) Fellow at the Society’s annual conference in Ontario. Continue reading

Award for hospitality team

A team of academics at the university’s School of Sport and Service Management have won an award that recognise innovation and excellence in hospitality management education.

The award was sponsored by The Council of Hospitality Management Education executive, in association with SHARE Centre and the team received the award for their efforts with the menumuseum.eu project.   The project is a combined research facilitating archive and interactive teaching tool that can be used to review and analyse trends in menu design, pricing, and food and beverage trends. Continue reading

Football for refugees

Football clubs, federations, fans and governments around Europe are being urged to make the sport more accessible to refugees.

Dr Mark Doidge, Senior Research Fellow from the School of Sport and Service Management, said football was the universal language that can bring some semblance of normality to the lives of refugees and it was important refugees are given access to the game. Continue reading

£540,000 to beat the cheats

Yannis Pitsiladis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the School of Sport and Service Management has been awarded more than £540,000 to research a new cutting-edge test to beat doping cheats.

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis believes his new method could bring an end to athletes using performance-enhancing drugs. Continue reading