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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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Brighton student becomes British athletics champion

University of Brighton third year Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) student George Mills claimed the 1500m title at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow on Sunday (23 February).

Mills, 20, who is from Leeds but represents local club Brighton Phoenix, clocked a time of 3:50:69 to take the British title at the Emirates Arena, a week after he set a new personal best of 3:39:25 at the same venue at the Indoor Grand Prix – one of the most prestigious indoor athletics meetings in the world. The latter time puts him third in the current 1500m British rankings.

Speaking about his achievement, Mills said: “I’m delighted to have won the British title in Glasgow, it was a target for me to perform well there from the beginning of the indoor season. As far as I’m concerned, there is a lot more hard work to be done and a long way to go. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn and gain as much experience as possible.” Read More

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Tyldesley leads tributes to journalists of the future

Legendary football commentator Clive Tyldesley was the guest of honour at the University of Brighton’s first Journalism Awards.

ITV’s lead commentator visited Eastbourne to hand out prizes and deliver a talk at the event on Monday 3 February, which recognised the work of final year Journalism BA(Hons) and Sport Journalism BA(Hons) students.

Tyldesley, who also commentates on the Premier League worldwide and in the popular FIFA game series, said: “The main reason I’m here is that I enjoy talking to the future of my business. Our industry, and I mean the whole media, is changing day-by-day and the way your generation consumes media is different to even five years ago. Read More

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Joe’s international call up

School of Sport and Service Management student Joe Murray (left in the photo) received his first international cap for Jamaica’s U23’s rugby team.

Joe, who studies Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons), was selected to play for an away fixture against Gibraltar U23. Jamaica defeated Gibraltar 17-15 at Europa Point in Gibraltar.

Jamaica’s Team Manager Hughton Campbell, said: “Joe is a really exciting young player with great handling, skills best performed under pressure.

“We can expect to see Joe graduating to the senior 7s team in the not too distant future.”

Joe represents the University of Brighton Panthers Rugby team, competing in the BUCS Premier League.

He also volunteers for the performance programme with Sport Brighton as well as the Jamaica team, utilising his academic specialism in strength and conditioning.

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Rugby and netball stars up for awards

The University’s Men’s Rugby Union 1st Team and a Netball Club member have been nominated for top sporting awards.

The rugby team is shortlisted for the Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of Year in the Sussex Sports Awards 2019, hosted by Active Sussex, and presented at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel on 22 November.

Also being presented on the night will be the University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year award for which there are three nominees: Bobby Williams (Hailsham Cricket Club), Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham Cricket Club and East Dean Cricket Club), and McKenzie Howell (University of Brighton Netball Club). Read More

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Lewis lands Spurs job

A University of Brighton sport journalism graduate has swapped the classroom for the Champions League after landing a full-time job at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Lewis Tizard, who graduated from his BA Sport Journalism degree in August with first-class honours, is now working in the media team of the 2019 Champions League finalists.

Lewis spent the 2018/19 season working on the award-winning Premier League Apprenticeship with Brighton and Hove Albion FC (BHAFC), which played a crucial role in securing his new job.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Lewis and thoroughly deserved,” said Owen Evans, BA Sport Journalism course leader. “To go straight from our newsroom into a Champions League is testament to his first class attitude and ability. Read More

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Lauren’s “unforgettable” Wales hockey debut

A School of Sport and Service Management student won her first international cap for the Wales women’s hockey team in their recent European Championship victory over Turkey.

Lauren Roberts, a Sports Scholarship student in Physical Education, was called up to the senior team having received the ‘Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ award at the European Under-21s Championship.

Lauren recovered from a serious knee injury – which sidelined her for most of last season – to represent Wales. Read More

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West Ham FC internship

Sport and Exercise Science BSc student Arjun Dosa has taken up an opportunity to spend a year with West Ham United Football Club.

Arjun started the role in July and is taking a year away from his course, returning to complete his degree in September 2020.

Arjun is keen to pursue a career in performance analysis and the hands-on experience he will gain from the internship, alongside his degree, will help achieve this. Throughout the internship he will gain guidance from experts in this field.

Arjun told us how the opportunity came about and what he’ll be working on during his year: Read More

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Showcasing skills

Students studying on our Sport and Exercise Science BSc are given an opportunity during their studies to achieve our unique Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and showcase their skills.

an image of the bronze awardThe awards recognise the multitude of practical skills students develop with us and are a way to demonstrate their capabilities and experience to future employers.

Introduced in 2017, the awards are embedded into the course and detail the many skills learnt, and practical activities carried out, over the three years. In the first year students work to achieve bronze, in the second silver and in the final year their gold award. Read More

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Santander award supports volunteering opportunity

International Tourism Management student Nazare (Naz) Asvedo Mendes has had a summer volunteering opportunity made possible thanks to the Santander International Experiences Fund.

Santander Universities provides philanthropic funds to help eligible undergraduate students take advantage of opportunities overseas, such as work placements, volunteering or studying abroad. Naz, who is on the second year of her course, was one of 14 students across the university whose application for support was successful. Read More