SASS receive two Excellence in Learning and Teaching awards

The university’s annual awards for learning and teaching were announced at this year’s Learning and Teaching conference. Continue reading

Graduation – SASS prizewinners, the class of 2017

This week, more than 4,400 University of Brighton students graduated at our ceremonies at the Brighton Centre which started on Tuesday (25 July). Students aged 19 – 79 and from over 90 countries dressed in gowns and mortarboards to collect their awards.

The School of Applied Social Science (SASS), class of 2017, took to the stage on Wednesday 26th July for the morning ceremony. Continue reading

The British Science Festival at Brighton

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex is co-hosting the British Science Festival this year. The event, which is the longest, established science Festival in Europe takes place from 5th-9th September and features an array of interesting events in an exciting daytime and evening programme.

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Research study looks at how prison architectural design impacts prisoner behaviour


Professor Yvonne Jewkes, Research Professor in Criminology, delivered her keynote speech on prison architecture, design and space and how this impacts on prisoner behaviour last Friday 2nd June.

‘Prison Architecture and Design in the Context of Reform’, was held at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) London headquarters, and follows a major, international ESRC funded research study into prison architecture, design and technology by the universities of Brighton and Birmingham.

Professor Jewkes led the three-year study, with co-investigator Dominique Moran from the University of Birmingham. The study called for new prisons to provide conditions similar to living conditions in society.

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A glimpse into our SASS Applicant Day!

You would have thought that going to an applicant day at university to have a closer look at the subject offerings would have been a serious affair – yet judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces the atmosphere was light hearted, and fun! If you didn’t make it – have look below to get a taste of what goes on at our SASS applicant day. Continue reading

Can technology provide ‘care’ for older people?

In the past, to a much older generation, it could be said that technology was perceived as ‘something to keep up with’ and that is more ‘inconvenient’ than convenient.

“What is the benefit?”                

“I don’t need it”

“I don’t have time for gadgets”


Can technology be embraced if its purpose is shunted, and the subject closed off before the conversation has even begun?  Never mind the question of whether technology can provide ‘care’ for older people?

What about technology that could be potentially life-saving?

With an ageing population, inevitably, there is an increase of people who live alone, some live far from their families and in many ways many feel incredibly isolated.

You may have heard of Telecare already; a range of remote care technologies and services developed to accommodate an ageing population whilst helping people to stay in their homes.  It can be worn as an alarm around the neck or the wrist and connects to a hub and telephone line to a remote monitoring telephone centre.

If the user is in a situation where they may need help, they can press the alarm and an alert is registered.  The telephone operator makes contact and organises help if required.  In the event of an emergency they can get in touch with the emergency services, alternatively if this isn’t necessary, they can contact the nominated registered person.  This person, usually a specific family member or friend, can then take the call and will often then go round to the house to check that they are ok.

Can this form of technology be considered ‘care’?

PHD Researcher, Gigliola Brintazzoli, at the School of Applied Social Science, has conducted research into this and how care in person, and care at a distance, both interconnect with how older people perceive themselves in their own home.

Click here to find out more the results of Gigliola’s research outlined in The Conversation, and let us know what your thoughts are on this technology and Gigliola’s findings.


Research news

We have had some extremely pleasing research grant news over the last two months. Aidan McGarry was awarded £249,850 by the AHRC for his grant application entitled “The Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey” and Flis Henwood has had success as Co-I on a bid with colleagues at Sheffield (lead) and Sussex universities on a project entitled: ‘Knowledge, care and the practices of self-monitoring’. It’s funded by Leverhulme to the value of £217,770. Lizzie Ward and colleagues made a major contribution to the B & H Public Health annual report that has been recently published and features our older people and wellbeing work with their project on Later LifeCarl Walker was awarded a BPS Undergraduate Research Assistantship student summer bursary for one of our Psychology students, Jenny Terry. In addition,  Carl Walker and Mary Darking were awarded a UoB Excellence in Community Engagement award which will be presented to them at our summer graduation ceremony.  Many congratulations to everyone on these really pleasing achievements.

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of The School of Applied Social Science

How illegal firearms find their way onto British streets despite tough laws

Helen Williamson, University of Brighton

How it is possible to get hold of weapons in Britain despite tough laws that restrict their ownership and use? This strict firearm legislation, enacted chiefly through the Firearms Act 1968 and amendments following the 1987 Hungerford mass shooting and 1996 Dunblane mass shoting, has reduced the number of purpose-made firearms in circulation. This has contributed to the number of firearms offences (including those using airguns and air rifles) falling from a high of 24,094 in 2004 to 7,866 in 2015. Continue reading

Four key economic trends shaping society

Philip Haynes, University of Brighton

The year is off to a turbulent start; both in the UK, and around the world. January saw oil prices plummeting, while Chinese growth slowed, spooking investors (but surprising none). But amid the turmoil and confusion of global stock markets, there are a few economic trends which look set to hold sway throughout 2016.

Here’s a wrap up of some of the key developments which will shape our society in the months to come. Continue reading