Appointment of a Research Officer
The facultyThe Dean of the faculty is Paul Griffiths, BEd, MA, MSc.
The Faculty of Education and Sport comprises two academic schools, the School of Sport and Service Management and the School of Education. The faculty offers an extensive range of programmes including undergraduate, postgraduate and taught master’s courses and research degrees, and incorporates the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) which leads thinking and practice on teaching, learning and assessment and promotes higher education research.
Under the leadership of the Dean, Paul Griffiths, and the Faculty Management Group (the Dean, Heads of School, Faculty Officer and Ofsted and Partnerships Officer), the faculty has c3,900 full and part time students, c220 academic staff and some 97 administrative and technical staff. Overall, the faculty is one of the largest in the university, operating in collaboration with other faculties in the university and with a range of external partners.
The faculty is one of the largest providers of initial teacher training in the country and is known for the excellence of its teaching, receiving an “outstanding” assessment rating from Ofsted. A number of courses across the faculty have endorsement from external agencies, including the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), the National Youth Agency, the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).
The faculty is committed to the inter-relationship between teaching, learning and research and has a continually developing research culture. Research is managed through the faculty’s research centres and the university’s Doctoral College, with the schools supporting approximately 70 research students at both Eastbourne and Falmer sites. These centres provide a rich programme of research seminars open to staff and students across the university.
The faculty’s portfolio currently includes a variety of international work through its schools and the Study Abroad Office, which is also based in the faculty.
Occupying sites at Eastbourne and Falmer, the faculty has a range of support facilities, including purpose built IT suites, resource centres, science spaces, new lecture theatres, a drama studio, culinary arts studio, sport journalism facilities.
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The schoolThe School of Sport and Service Management is one of the largest in the UK, encompassing the spectrum of subject areas defined by REF Unit 26 and the QAA benchmark statements. The school has a rich history of over 110 years with dynamic growth and refreshment. We have one of the most long-standing physical education teacher training programmes in the UK from our foundation in 1898 and this course contributes to the university’s outstanding grade in initial teacher education. Our programmes in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism have gained a significant reputation, both in the industry sector and among academics for the quality of applied research and the graduates. We established one of the UK’s first Sport Sciences degrees in the 1980s, adding one of the firstLeisure programmes in the 1990’s, and more recently the first specialist degree in Sport Journalism. Wherever available we seek external accreditation and currently carry awards from the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (course and laboratory awards), Chartered Marketeer, Institute for Travel and Meetings, National Council for Training of Journalists, and the Teaching Agency. The School has around 1,500 undergraduate students.
Our research and graduate centre supports staff activity as well as co-ordinating a suite of masters degrees and in association with the university’s doctoral college, around 30 PhD students.
The school has approximately 80 lecturing and research staff supported by 40 administrative, technical and other support staff.
We currently offer courses in the following areas:
International Hospitality Management
International Tourism Management
International Travel Management
International Event Management
Physical Education (with qualified teacher status)
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport and Leisure Management
PGCE (Qualified teacher status) Physical Education
PGCE (Qualified teacher status) Dance
MA and MSc degrees including:
Applied Exercise Physiology
Exercise and Health Science
International Events Management
International Hospitality Management
International Tourism Management
Sport, Culture and Media
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport and International Development
Sport and Society
Some programmes at Masters level are also jointly delivered at partner institutions in France (Deauville), the Netherlands (Wittenborg) and Germany (Angell Business School, Freiburg).
Our school website provides full details about all our courses, our facilities, our research activity, and our news and events. Please visit our website at:
We are located in the pleasant surroundings of the Meads area in Eastbourne which has excellent schools, housing and leisure facilities, is adjacent to the sea and within a few minutes of the South Downs National Park. The university campus in Eastbourne includes the School of Sport & Service management and the School of Health Professions.
University facilities provide numerous teaching spaces, computer pool rooms, an extensive library, the Eastbourne campus doctoral college, a student services centre, Students’ Union offices and student residencies.
The school is housed in six main buildings on the Eastbourne campus, providing staff offices, teaching rooms and specialist facilities as follows:
Culinary arts studio
The studio offers a creative and contemporary environment for learning and development. It includes a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and an eating area with interactive mood lighting, data projection, and PA system. The Culinary Arts Studio has been used for product launches, menu development, food and equipment demonstrations, wine tasting, contemporary meals, training, teambuilding, seminars and any culinary events. Of particular note has been the £2.8m euro EU Hotpot project with partners Institute Polytechnic La Salle Beauvais and the Institute of Food Research.
Practical sports facilities
The school has access to a range of specialist sports facilities. These include a large sports hall, indoor swimming pool, two dance studios, two gymnasia, and a fitness suite. A recent investment of £750,000 refurbished a gymnasium into a strength and well-being centre, featuring a wide range of strength and conditioning equipment. Outdoors there is an artificial turf pitch and tennis courts. In Eastbourne there is an all-weather athletic track and grass pitches. We have strong links with the University’s Sport & Recreation provision and full details of the sports facilities and activity can be seen at
Sport and Exercise Science
The sport and exercise science laboratory complex includes a number of extensively equipped physiology, biochemistry and biomechanics laboratories and two environmental chambers – one for hot/cold and one for hypoxia. The laboratories are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The school’s website includes photographs and a fuller description of the laboratories.
Sport Journalism has two specialist newsrooms providing numerous workstations and associated media and software facilities. The Sport Journalism staff and students produce their own webzine (see
The laboratory complex also houses Sportswise, The Sussex Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, run in co-operation with the School which provides a physiotherapy service to students as well as running a commercial sports medicine service.
Partnerships are important in all areas of our work. We work closely with many public sector, sports and commercial organisations. We have strong relationships with numerous schools in the South East for our Physical Education and Dance work, part of the faculty-wide ITE partnerships with some 450 schools and colleges in the region.
We have many external and overseas partnerships, including extensive links in Europe under the Erasmus scheme, as well as further afield in Australia, Malaysia and Japan. Of particular note are a European BA and MA featuring joint teaching, organisation and student mobility with partners across Europe
To provide students with extended opportunities, the school has a very extensive programme of social engagement activities running across our entire provision and ranging in scope from links in the local town to the esteemed trans-national Football4Peace programme. The news section of our webpages gives examples of these activities.
Staff Development Opportunities
In accordance with the university’s Staff Development Policy, a wide range of development opportunities, which are continuously reviewed to meet new demands, are available to all staff. These include, computing short courses, management training, learning and teaching qualifications and research supervision.
Academic staff are encouraged to attend conferences where appropriate, and all staff are able to attend part-time courses at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and Brighton College of Technology for which application for fee waiver is available. We promote policies that encourage and support staff development in research and there is a range of very experienced staff to mentor every stage of an individual’s development.
The School of Sport and Service Management has a long-standing commitment to research excellence. The School has made a submission to all previous RAEs and in the 2007 round received ratings that placed us as the strongest provider in the South-East and 7th nationally in the sport-related unit.
The University of Brighton’s strategic plan identifies a continued increase in research activity and this is mirrored by the School. We have established a dedicated Research and Graduate Centre, led by Professor John Sugden, to provide the environment, culture and infrastructure necessary for research to flourish.
Most members of staff are active researchers at the forefront of their respective areas of specialisation. Our activity embraces the range of basic and applied research that falls within the REF Unit of assessment 26: Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism.
The school has an excellent track record of investment in both the research infrastructure and the development of research active staff. There is an established research support and development programme designed to support active researchers and develop new researchers for the future.
The main groups within the school are:
Sport and Leisure Cultures
Sport and Leisure Cultures research focusses on the three strands of Lifestyle Sport and Communities, Sport in International Relations, and
Mediasport Practices and Discourses. The groups advocate a critical interventionist research mission, based on rigorous scholarship combining disciplinary perspectives in multi-disciplinary approaches, and in pioneering interdisciplinary research on important aspects of national and international sport culture and institutions. Researchers have an international profile and in cultivating a critical sociology of sport many of them have conducted comparative work on sport in different societies. Collective works of the group include Power games: A critical sociology of sport (2002), and Watching the Olympics: Politics, power and representation (2012).
Sport and Exercise Science
The area has received over £250,000 of capital investment in the last three years equipping it with state of the art facilities for research into human performance, in particular environmental physiology. Groups link with colleagues in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, particularly for the use of imaging equipment. Three themes exist in the area. Environmental Impacts on Exercise makes use of our environmental chamber and hypoxia facility to assess the impact of extremes in environmental conditions. The Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing research theme have improved understanding of the exercise and nutritional changes that reduce health risks for sedentary, disabled or overweight, often diabetic, people. The Endurance and Fatigue theme investigates the reasons underlying a drop in exercise and sports performance. A broader aim is to reduce fatigue in athletes and explore potential health benefits for clinical populations.
Research has been focussed on developing critical approaches to professional practice with significant impact upon practice-based teaching, particularly in curriculum innovation, equity/inclusion, and values/moral education
Centre for Tourism Policy Studies (CENTOPS)
CENTOPS undertakes empirical, reflective and applied research into the links between Tourism, Society and Culture. It has three special interest groups. Sustainable Tourism in Local Economies researches on ways in which tourism can play a key role in ‘good change’ by stimulating local economies, conserving the environment, developing people and positively impacting on lives. Tourism, space and place explores the spaces, places and ‘things’ of tourism for what they may reveal about self, other and the wider world. Ethics, responsibility and sustainable consumption in tourism, leisure and hospitality addresses the key ethical dilemmas facing those involved in the production and consumption of tourism, leisure and hospitality services.
Hospitality, retail and consumer studies
Culture, People and Performance researches performance measurement, hospitality law, human resource practices emotional labour and occupational health. Food, Management and Wellbeing reflects a long history in food and the culinary arts with major trans-European projects such as HOTPOT and a number of KTPs (see below). Consumer choices and perceptions research includes consumer behaviour, psychological difference and choices, influence of food labelling on the consumer, and understanding the consumer buying process. Retail and Consumer Studies Group (RCSG) considers retail operations, marketing and consumer studies.
The vibrant research culture of the school is reflected in the volume and quality of publications, details of which are listed on the individual staff pages and in the University Research Repository.
Economic engagement and impact
The school has a good record in translating research to the benefit of economic and social communities, and the taught curriculum. A business unit within the School supports commercial work and in a typical year turns-over around £350,000. Recent projects include working with the Airmiles Travel Company, Siemens plc, the Institute of Customer Service and the United Nations World TourismOrganisation. A specialist Sport and Exercise Science Support team run projects with businesses, the English Institute of Sport, schools, colleges, and individual athletes.
The school has received 6 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) funded by the Technology Strategy Board including Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow and Pordu.
Job SharingThe University of Brighton welcomes job sharers. Job sharing is a way of working where two people share one full-time job, dividing the work, responsibilities, pay, holidays and other benefits between them proportionate to the hours each works, thereby increasing access to a wide range of jobs on a part-time basis.
Potential job sharers do not have to apply with a partner. However, if a post is to be operated as a job share there must be at least two suitable applicants who wish to share the job.
A job share appointment will only be made if it has been demonstrated that both shortlisted applicants can do the job to the required standards and within a working pattern of hours that is agreeable to all parties. If one applicant is unsuitable, neither can be appointed unless an alternative potential job sharer has been shortlisted.
When applying as a job sharer please indicate this at the top of page 3 on the application form. We will need to know if you are applying with a job share partner and the name of that person. Also if the post is full-time but open to job sharers it would be useful if you could indicate whether you would be interested in the post on a full-time basis if no suitable partner can be found. If you have indicated that you would be willing to take up the position on a full-time basis then the normal recruitment procedure will be followed.
If you are interested in appointment on a job share basis, please contact Human Resources for a copy of the university's policy, procedure and guidelines for job sharing. Alternatively staff in Human Resources will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
The JobWorking closely with the School’s Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, the predominant purpose of this role is to help to enhance and develop the existing research environment by working across the Sport and Exercise Science area to stimulate and support a wide range of research and project development activities. This will involve working principally with the Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and also with individual members of staff as well as disciplinary and inter/cross disciplinary teams. A key dimension of the position will be to assist in the articulation of and execution of external funding bids and if successful in securing funding, helping to support research projects to conclusion.