School students given a sporting chance

Students playing with Kinball in the unversity's gymMore than 170 school students took part in two days of sport and exercise at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne.

The Years 9 and 10 students from Sussex, London and Southampton sampled PE, sport and exercise science, and sport coaching, supervised by student ambassadors.

Sarah Hogg, the University’s Director of Sport and Recreation, gave an overview of careers in sport and keynote speaker, ex-Sussex county cricketer Lewis Hatchett gave a talk on his career. Continue reading

Cooking up a storm

Budding young chefs took part in a Masterchef Challenge at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne.

The week-long challenge saw five schools from across Sussex preparing and cooking meals for visitors including Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd.

Stephen Lloyd chats to the pupils as they cook their masterpiecesStudents from Cavendish School in Eastbourne served up a four-course meal in the University’s Culinary Arts Studio, supervised by University staff and student ambassadors.

Students were split into teams to prepare each of the courses and each was judged by Stephen Lloyd, Professor Jo Doust, Head of the School of Sport and Service Management, and Jacky Langford, the School Manager. Continue reading

Value of Sport Conference

As part of the Compact Plus Programme, the University of Brighton held a Value of Sport 6th Form Conference at the Eastbourne campus to highlight the opportunities to pursue sport as a career.

Students from BACA, Ark William Parker Academy and Uxbridge College were welcomed by Mark Hayes, Senior Lecturer, followed by a keynote presentation from University of Brighton Alumna Katy Ritchie who has worked on lottery funded projects such as Back to Netball and is currently developing All Stars Cricket. Continue reading

Sport Summer School 2017

The University of Brighton’s residential Sport Summer School took place from 22-26 August as part of the Compact Plus Programme.

Thirty Year 12 students from schools and colleges across the South-East took part in a packed programme of activities which included inspirational lectures, practical sessions such as physical education, sport coaching, cheerleading and in the sport science labs.

There were also outings to Beachy Head which included a mile and a half fun-run, some free time in Eastbourne town centre, and bowling and laser quest. Students were also given information about sport courses at the university, the UCAS application and personal statement writing process, careers and student finance. Continue reading

MasterChef comes to the Eastbourne campus

The MasterChef Challenge as part of the Compact Plus Programme for widening participation has been running at the University of Brighton for five years. The event took place in the Culinary Arts Studio – a great resource for teaching within the university and for activities and events with local schools and the wider community.

From 12 to 16 June, students from five schools (Burgess Hill Academy, Eastbourne Academy, Thomas Bennett Community College, Rye College and Sir Robert Woodard Academy) took part in the challenge which included preparing and cooking a four course meal, with drinks, for judges and participants.

Students were grouped into teams and given instructions and ingredients to produce the dishes whilst being supervised by staff and student ambassadors from our hospitality courses. On each day they were observed by three judges who were University of Brighton staff.

The judges looked for how the students organised themselves to complete the set tasks paying particular attention to food hygiene and safety, team working, knowledge of dishes they were preparing, presentation of their dishes and the taste and flavour of their creation. Continue reading

Careers in Sport experience for local schools

The Field of Sport event which is part of the university’s widening participation Compact Plus Programme took place on 14 June 2017 at the Eastbourne campus.

The event was attended by 119 students from nine schools: Ifield Community College, Patcham High School, Hailsham Community College, Ark Academy Brent, Ark Globe Academy, St Leonards Academy, Rye College, Seaford Head School and Thomas Bennett Community College. The school students heard from sports professionals to gain an insight into a range of sports careers and took part in activities. Continue reading

Easter Challenge Camp for local children

Children from Eastbourne and Brighton primary schools attended the University of Brighton’s Easter Challenge Camp from 10-13 April as part of the university’s Compact Plus and widening participation scheme.

Pupils worked with university students and took part in a range of activities such as Tri-Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Kinball, parachute games, and other team-related activities. The Challenge Camp curriculum is based on the University of Brighton’s Football 4 Peace methodology and pedagogical principals. Continue reading

Value of Sports Conference

Katy Richie (left) with Sarah Hogg

On Wednesday 1 March the University of Brighton held its annual Value of Sport Conference at the Eastbourne campus for local college students to highlight the opportunities to pursue sport as a career. The event was organised by Dr Mark Hayes, Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor and Outreach Co-ordinator, Marina Trowell. 

Over 50 students attended the event and they received a welcome from Sarah Hogg, the Director of Sport at Brighton followed by a keynote lecture from University of Brighton Alumni Katy Ritchie. Students then participated in a workshop on personal statements and job applications before a buffet lunch in Sprinters restaurant. Continue reading

Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Retail and Event Management Conference

The School of Sport and Service Management’s annual Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Retail and Event Management Conference took place this month.

The event was attended by pupils currently studying similar subjects at local sixth form colleges, as part of the Compact Plus Progamme, and gave them an opportunity to visit the university’s Eastbourne campus and learn more about higher education. Continue reading

Another successful summer school

University of Brighton’s Sport Summer School saw students from 21 colleges across the country experiencing life as a university student. The free residential school took place in August on the Eastbourne campus.

dsc_6193The annual event offers students an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of lectures and practical activities, enabling them to gain a better understanding of the range of sport courses we offer and help to inform their future choices. University Student Mentors supported the participants throughout the week; leading a range of activities as well as sharing their experiences of getting to university and what student life is really like. Continue reading