Reminder – to register for BSUFN food symposium

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The symposium is free to attend. You can register to attend Contemporary Food Issues symposium by completing the registration form on Eventbrite.

 Spaces to attend the symposium are filing up quickly so if you would like to attend we encourage you to register now to avoid disappointment.

 *Please note, if you register to attend the symposium and you have any dietary requirements, you must e-mail your dietary requirements to the symposium organisers at no later than the 9th of June 2016. After this date we cannot guarantee to be able to cater for any specific dietary needs, although vegetarian and vegan diets will be catered for.*

 Contemporary Food Issues Symposium is generously supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund. The Symposium 2016 is also kindly supported by: SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) and the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, and COSTALS (Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies), University of Brighton.

 We hope to see you at the symposium.

Best wishes,

Carol and Rachael, on behalf of the BSUFN steering group

 Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network

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Parklife Colour Run

The Colour 5km Run is Back!

Is back for another year and it’s bigger and better than ever! Students and staff from the university are invited to take part.Ever fancied donning some nice pristine white clothes before getting absolutely covered in ridiculous amounts of multi-coloured powder?
We thought so!
After months of meticulous planning, we are proud to finally announce details of the Parklife Colour Run which will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 27th April at the Falmer Campus. Last year’s event sold out so make sure you sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.
Participants can walk, jog, run, and dance around the 5k course, starting dressed in white before being drenched in glorious powder as they cruise through each colour station.
Kirsty McCoubrey, Participation Officer, in the university’s Sport and Recreation department, is delighted with the scope of the event. She said: “This is a great opportunity to get together with friends and colleagues and have some fun. Last year’s event was great and it is definitely one not to be missed!”
Entry will cost £10which will include an exclusive Parklife Colour Run t-shirt and sunglasses, as well your very own pouch of coloured powder.

Want to get involved but don’t fancy doing the distance?

We are currently recruiting a team of volunteers to help on the day, from colour throwers to course marshals we need you! Interested, then please contact Kirsty Mccoubrey via email.

For more information and to book your place, click here or keep tabs on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram

Reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people

Reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people

The university is sharing in €500,000 funding to explore the reduction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) health inequalities in Europe.

Led by Dr Nigel Sherriff in the UK with Dr Laetitia Zeaman, Alex Pollard, and Professor Kath Browne, the project is the result of a successful tender to the European Commission (DG Sante) with partners from Italy (Verona University Hospital – lead partner), Poland (National Institute for Public Health), and Belgium (EuroHealthNet and ILGA-Europe).

The project aims to gain a better understanding of the specific health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people, focusing in particular on overlapping inequalities stemming from discrimination (also unintentional) and unfair treatment on other grounds (e.g. age, disability, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity). Moreover, the project aims to gain a better understanding of the barriers faced by health professionals when providing care to these groups (including health promotion and mental health services).

More details will be made available in due course. In the meantime, feel free to contact n.s.sherriff[at] for further details.

Listening before commissioning!

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Winning recent research poster based on study led by Dr Nigel Sherriff, Dr Chris Cocking, and Dr Lester Coleman with School of Health Sciences Dr Laetitia Zeeman, Dr Kay Aranda, and former School of Applied Social Science colleague, Liz Cunningham! Well done to the entire research team. For details of the research underpinning the poster, see the project webpage.




Are healthy diets sustainable? a don’t miss seminar

Food, Climate and Society Seminar – 21st April 2016

Food and the sustainable healthy diets question

Dr Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford

12:30 – 14:00 – Arts C, Global Studies Resource Centre, University of Sussex



Food, Climate and Society Seminar Series – February, March and April 2016

During the spring term of 2016, BSUFN, the Department of Geography (University of Sussex), and the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme will be co-hosting a seminar series on the theme of Food, Climate and Society. This series will explore the multiple challenges that the global food system is facing: feeding more people healthy food while limiting environmental and social impacts.


Sugary drink Tax and MORE

It may have been the introduction of sugar drink taxes that got the headlines yesterday from the UK’s Budget speech -but on the same day, Public Health England launched a new revised EatWell Plate -the key visual  dietary guideline used in the UK.

and there is a welcome and significant ‘spot the difference’ –  the high fat and sugary foods are now where they should always have been – off the plate!



Carol Williams and Nigel Sherriff support the call for action on increased support for breastfeeding.

An open letter on the crisis in breastfeeding in the UK has been issued today, signed by health visitors, midwives, paediatricians, GPs, lactation consultants, breastfeeding counsellors, peer supporters, university researchers and others who work for professional organisations and charities that support families.

The letter follows the recent series in The Lancet on breastfeeding – the most comprehensive review of all the evidence on breastfeeding to date.

The open letter states: “The breastfeeding crisis in the UK is in fact a crisis of lack of support for those mothers who choose to breastfeed.” It highlights the recent cuts to breastfeeding support services and the infant feeding specialist posts, which are driven by cuts to public health, which amount to £200 million in total in England. (See detailed list of cuts in Notes to Editors.)

The letter calls on government, as a matter of urgency, to safeguard the public health budget.

The signatories make clear that the message of The Lancet series is that increasing breastfeeding rates is everyone’s responsibility, quoting report co-author Dr Nigel Rollins of the World Health Organisation (WHO), who said: “The success or failure of breastfeeding should not be seen solely as the responsibility of the woman. Her ability to breastfeed is very much shaped by the support and the environment in which she lives. There is a broader responsibility of governments and society to support women through policies and programmes in the community.”

It is not a matter of persuading mothers to breastfeed – most mothers begin breastfeeding and initiation rates are around 80 percent. “However, rates plummet in the first weeks and months after birth, and most mothers say they stopped breastfeeding before they wanted to,” says the letter.

The letter goes on to highlight the strategy that the government must adopt in order to increase breastfeeding rates in the UK. Research from other countries that have achieved this shows that a multifaceted approach is needed, with interventions delivered in combination. The authors call on the UK government and the national assemblies to:

  • establish a multi-sectoral National Breastfeeding Committee to develop a National Breastfeeding Strategy
  • all maternity and community settings must meet Baby Friendly standards, as per NICE guidelines
  • all mothers in the UK must receive skilled, evidence-based breastfeeding support, as per NICE guidelines
  • safeguarding the public health budget for universal health visiting services and breastfeeding support
  • fully enact in UK law the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which would end the advertising of follow-on formula
  • require employers to provide breaks to breastfeeding mothers to breastfeed or express milk at work

Open Letter on the crisis in UK breastfeeding

Carol Williams and Dr Nigel Sherriff signed the Open Letter stating “The health promotion research team at the University of Brighton’s Centre for Health Research (CHR) supports this call to action. More intensive, coordinated, novel, and diverse support for breastfeeding is required. We agree that ‘success in breastfeeding is not the sole responsibility of the woman’. However, calls for increased support and supportive environments also need to go further. Research demonstrates the impact fathers and/or partners can have (positively and negatively) on the decision to initiate and continue with breastfeeding. Our own research and that of others show fathers remain a valuable source of support for breastfeeding mothers, as well as an ‘untapped’ resource for health professionals and lay people whom may be supporting breastfeeding. Government and local authority resources need to be re-focused to better engage with families including fathers and/or partners to support better, those who wish to breastfeed.”