Expedition Physiology

The group of studentsThirty third year Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) students travelled to the Brecon Beacons as part of the option module, Expedition Physiology.

This was the 15th time the annual trip took place and it was led by Dr Alan Richardson, with colleguares Dr Mark Hayes, Dr Nick Smeeton, Dr Neil Maxwell and Rebecca Relf. The group were treated to spectacular weather as they hit the Black Mountain hills of Wales – the best in the expedition’s history. Continue reading

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 in his white coat in the labsProfessor 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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

They’re going to Wembley

A University of Brighton student and graduate have scooped sporting jobs of a lifetime – reporting on Brighton and Hove Albion’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.

image of Lewis at the Amex football stadium

Lewis Tizard

Adam Powers, sport journalism graduate, and Lewis Tizard, in his final year of the same course, will be working for the Albion before, during and after the match, carrying out interviews and match reporting.

They are part of the University’s Premier League Apprenticeship scheme with the Albion which was launched at the start of the 2017/18 season. Continue reading

Women firefighters: the added risks

More female firefighters are being hired but new research, co-led by the University of Brighton, suggests that fire services need to ensure appropriate consideration is given to female specific needs. 

More than 800 women firefighters from 14 different countries, 255 in the UK, told researchers via an online survey that they face injury, illness and heat illness risk at similar rates to that of male firefighters. The report said specific issues such as protective equipment, clothing, health issues and long-term training need further consideration and improvement.   Continue reading

Learning more about Post-16 Physical Education

east sussex college logoOur PGCE and School Direct trainee PE teachers visited East Sussex College (Lewes Campus) to gain an insight into the teaching of post-16 Physical Education courses.

Trainees learnt more about the use of google classrooms and innovative ways to assess student progress such as video and verbal feedback, interactive assessment of learning and the use of flash cards using tablet devices and mobile phones. In addition, trainees were able to observe teaching in action and learn more about the latest revision resources available to students as well as being shown how to utilise the use of Twitter as an educational continued professional development resource. Continue reading

Informing the EIS Pre Tokyo 2020

the students and staff outside Bisham AbbeyOn Wednesday 20 March, Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) students visited Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre to present their dissertation findings to practitioners of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) around optimising performance to the heat expected at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Bisham Abbey is one of Sport England’s National Sports Centres and is home to a number of National Governing Bodies of Sport.

It was an early start for the students leaving Eastbourne at 7am on the dot! Once they arrived and after some quick refreshments and putting their posters up, Esme Matthew Co-Head of Physiology at the EIS welcomed them. Dr Neil Maxwell from the University of Brighton gave a short presentation to thank the EIS for the invitation and opportunity for the students to get a glimpse of the challenges the EIS practitioners will face in supporting the elite athletes in the lead up to Tokyo 2020 Games. He also acknowledged the considerable effort the students had put into producing the posters two months ahead of their dissertation deadline! Continue reading

Events by our events students!

As part of their studies International Event Management students host live events in their second year. They develop the event concept, source a venue and artists, market the event and finally deliver the event itself!

Our current students are now at the ticket selling stage and there are four great events coming up this month which we hope you will support:

posterThe Vegan Night
Wednesday 20 March 2019
7pm
La Locanda del Duca, Eastbourne

Enjoy a three-course meal and hear from special guest speaker Poppy Longden from the Eastbourne based vegan store: Oh My Goodness. Tickets cost £23.50 and you’ll be able to choose from a range of starters, mains and desserts.

Find out more on their Facebook page. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Women’s football captain invited to home of FC Barcelona

inside the stadiumThe captain of the University of Brighton women’s football first team trod hallowed sporting ground as she took part in a discussion at FC Barcelona’s legendary Nou Camp stadium.

Dominique Beckett visited Barcelona as part of Santander Universities’ Women in Football scheme, which supports female talent in both their sporting and professional lives.

The Physical Education with QTS student was one of a group of leading footballers from women’s clubs at UK universities who participated in a programme of events, tours and training in the Catalan city. Continue reading