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Completing a PhD at Brighton
A panel of academics, supervisors and students debunk myths about it being difficult to start a PhD - and simplify the process for anyone thinking about doing one. Find out more at  PANEL: Adora Udechukwu, final year PhD student Dr Ioannis Pantelidis, Director of Doctoral Studies Dr Adeze Okoye, PhD supervisor with the law group. Dr Kay Aranda, research coordinator for the School of Health Sciences Transcript:
March 19, 2021
Brighton x University Alliance - Part 2
In the second part of our special pod, University Alliance chair (and our VC) Professor Debra Humphris and CEO Vanessa Wilson talk about the importance of universities in the UK’s Covid recovery. View a rough transcript:
March 04, 2021
Brighton x University Alliance - Part 1
In the first of a two-part special, Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris and chair of University Alliance joins the group’s CEO Vanessa Wilson to discuss Covid-19 and how universities have coped. View a rough transcript:
March 03, 2021
LGBT History Month
University of Brighton staff members Dr Nick McGlynn, Sarah Pickett and Sam Oliver join us to mark and celebrate LGBT History Month, sharing their personal stories and thoughts. Rough, automated transcript:
February 26, 2021
Brighton Students’ Union Vice President Activities, Meg Donovan, and events manager Amellia Brown look ahead to Re|Freshers, which kicks off on Monday 8 February. We discuss what’s coming up, and how you can get involved. Find out more at
February 05, 2021
Student wellbeing - Patt Wrangles
The university's Head of Student Wellbeing, Patt Wrangles, joins us to discuss the support students have access to remotely, and what to do if you you need help. Find out more online:
January 22, 2021
Dr Kathy Martyn: Healthy eating and Veganuary
Recorded pre-lockdown, our nutritionist discusses Veganuary, healthy eating, and how to stick to early year challenges we may have set ourselves.
January 08, 2021
How Victorians created our Christmas traditions: Dr Charlotte Nicklas
Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design Dr Charlotte Nicklas discusses the influence Victorians had on our modern Christmas.
December 11, 2020
Dr Holly Chard: John Hughes, Home Alone and Christmas
With Christmas around the corner, the Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Screen Media talks about her research on filmmaker John Hughes - creator of festive favourites including Home Alone. Find out more about Holly's book, Mainstream Maverick: John Hughes and New Hollywood Cinema.
December 04, 2020
Racism and football: Dr Daniel Burdsey
Dr Daniel Burdsey, Deputy Head of School for research in the School of Sport and Service Management, discusses racism in football and his new book, Racism and English Football: For Club and Country. Find out more about Dan's book.
November 27, 2020
Brighton CCA
To celebrate Brighton CCA turning one, we look back at the first year and ahead to the next with Artistic Director Ben Roberts and Programme Director Polly Wright. Find out more about Brighton CCA.
November 20, 2020
US election reaction
To analyse the US election and Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump, we've assembled an expert team from the School of Humanities to look back over an eventful week and a half - and what's going to happen next. Dr Jon Watson, Course Leader for BA Critical History, Dr Andy Knott, Course Leader MA Philosophy and Politics, and Dr Robin Dunford, Course Leader for MA Globalisation: Politics, Conflict and Human Rights join Richard Newman to discuss the state of play.
November 13, 2020
Dr Sarah Pitt: Covid-19 Q&A
As England enters another Covid-19 lockdown, Principal Lecturer and virologist Dr Sarah Pitt returns to the podcast to answer your questions on the virus.  Dr Pitt address questions on vaccines, infection rates and much more.
November 06, 2020
Pippa Totraku - Teacher training at Brighton
The Principal Lecturer and Lead for Planning and Admissions in the School of Education discusses training as a teacher, the unique rewards the profession brings and why Brighton is the option for you. Find out more about the School of Education and Teacher Training at Brighton.
October 30, 2020
Dr Aristea Fotopoulou
Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, UKRI Innovation Fellow/AHRC Leadership Fellow and Postgraduate Research coordinator in the School of Media discusses her ART / DATA / HEALTH research project, which uses creative material for health and wellbeing. Dr Fotopoulou talks in depth about Shielding and 104 Days Later, which are both part of the online Brighton Fringe. 
October 23, 2020
Dr Marlon Moncrieffe: Decolonising the History Curriculum
Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education joins us to discuss the importance of teaching black British history in schools and his new book, 'Decolonising the History Curriculum: Euro-centrism and Primary Schooling'. Dr Moncrieffe also updates us on his Black British Champions in Cycling project, which has had major media interest around the world and is about to be expanded to look at the experiences of black champions around the globe. Read Dr Moncrieffe's article for the Conversation on race, cycling and the Tour de France.
October 16, 2020
Dr Christian Hogsbjerg
Historian Dr Christian Hogsbjerg, Lecturer in Critical History and Politics, discusses decolonising the curriculum, Caribbean history, how race and empire impacted on British identity, politics, society and culture - and much more.
October 09, 2020
Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris
Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris joins us in the latest podcast to discuss the new academic year, the changes put in place due to Covid-19, the future of the sector and much more.
October 02, 2020
Brighton Students' Union - Freshers 2020 and wellbeing
Brighton Students' Union Vice-President Activities Meg Donovan, Chief Executive Laura Greenwood-Pearsons and Events Manager Amellia Brown join us to discuss the online Freshers 2020, wellbeing support for students and the benefits of joining a society. Claim your official wristband.
September 25, 2020
Return to Campus
Ahead of the new academic year, three of the key people behind planning for a return to campus detail the changes in place during the coronavirus pandemic for all students and staff. Sarah Hogg, Director of Student Operations and Support, Andrew Knight, Deputy Director of Occupational Safety and Health and Neil Smith, Assistant Director Estates and Facilities Management join Richard Newman to discuss what you need to know. To find out more visit our Learning and Living 2020 site.
September 18, 2020
Home from Home - what to expect from halls this year
Coming to live at university managed accommodation this academic year? Find out what to expect and how things will look - we’ve got some amazing stuff planned, despite the Covid-19 restrictions. In this podcast, we’re joined by Richard Rolfe, Residences Operations Manager, Henry Macreadie, Project Manager and Amy Standfast, Residential Life Coordinator to explain what’s in place this year, and how you’ll be supported.
September 11, 2020
Professor Jeff French on vaccine strategy
The visiting professor in social marketing discusses a paper he’s worked on which encourages the uptake of a potential Covid-19 vaccine and the positive reaction it has received from governments around the world. Take a look at the full paper.
September 04, 2020
Professor David Nash
David Nash, Professor of Physical Geography, discusses the recent Stonehenge research he led on which attracted global headlines and talks climate change. Read more about the Stonehenge research:
August 28, 2020
Dr Hannah Cassidy and forensic science
Dr Hannah Cassidy, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, discusses investigative interviewing - especially of children - and how young people learn how to use lies. Find out more about the University of Brighton's Criminology course.
August 21, 2020
Childcare at university
Nursery manager Becky Pollack and student parents Natalie Relton and Amy Rea discuss balancing studying with childcare responsibilities and what the university does to help. 
August 14, 2020
Clearing 2020
Ahead of A Level results day, we talk about Clearing and how it can be an opportunity to change direction and finding the perfect option for you. Joining us in this podcast are Professor Bhavik Patel and recent graduate Lois Downes, who both came through Clearing, and James Barron, Outreach Coordinator, to talk through the nuts and bolts of all you need to know. Find out more about Clearing or call us on 01273 644000.
August 07, 2020
Simon McEnnis: Sports Journalism and sport during Covid-19
Principal Lecturer in journalism and sports journalism Simon McEnnis gives his thoughts on the return of sport during the coronavirus pandemic and discusses the future of sports journalism.
July 31, 2020
Dr Clare Woodford: what’s it like to study politics and philosophy at Brighton?
Dr Clare Woodford, Principal Lecturer in Political Philosophy in the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) talks about the undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the same name and discusses some of the issues in politics today. Find out more about the undergraduate and postgraduate courses Clare teaches on.
July 24, 2020
Meet the 2020/21 Brighton Students' Union officer team
In this podcast, we get to know the new BSU officer intake for the academic year ahead - President Sihem Ziada, Vice President Education Ramy Badrie, Vice President Welfare Evangeline Solomon and Vice President Activities Meg Donovan, as well as chief executive Laura Greenwood-Pearsons.
July 16, 2020
Holidays, travel and Covid: Professor Marina Novelli
Professor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and academic lead of the Responsible Futures agenda, answers your questions on holidays and international travel during Covid-19 and predicts what the tourism could look like in the coming years. Find out more about Responsible Futures.
July 10, 2020
School of Architecture and Design End of Year Show 2020
Five students from the School of Architecture and Design discuss their online End of Year Graduate Show and reflect on their time at the university.   Visit the online exhibition from 4pm Fri 3 July:
July 03, 2020
UK economy and coronavirus: Dr Rob Hayward
Dr Rob Hayward, Senior Lecturer in the university's Brighton Business School, reacts to the government's announcement this week of lockdown easing from the point of view of businesses and the UK economy, and discusses the state of the world's finances and recession.
June 26, 2020
Relationships and mental health - Dr Zoe Boden
In the latest podcast, we're joined by Psychology with Counselling Studies lecturer Dr Zoe Boden to talk about relationships and mental health during COVID-19.
June 19, 2020
Graduate Show 2020
To coincide with Graduate Show 2020, which has moved online this year due to COVID-19, we caught up with three students involved in the virtual exhibition: Sophie Walker (Illustration), Sarahlouise Newman (Visual Culture and History of Art and Design) and Josh Bell (Digital Music and Sound Arts) to discuss the show itself, their work and to reflect on their time at the University of Brighton. Take a look around the virtual Graduate Show. Find out more about Sophie's work on Instagram and visit her website. Find out more about Sarahlouise's work on Instagram, Twitter and her website. Find out more about Josh's work on Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and his website.
June 12, 2020
COVID-19 and UK tourism - Dr Nigel Jarvis
Dr Nigel Jarvis, Tourism, Hospitality and Events Course Leader, talks about the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the UK tourism industry and the financial impact it will have. As mentioned in the intro, take a look at the Online Events and Virtual Tours.
June 04, 2020
Jim Kernott: The Big Flower Fight
In the latest podcast, we spoke to 3D Design and Craft BA(Hons) second year student Jim Kernott about his course and appearing on Netflix show The Big Flower Fight.
May 29, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we spoke to Head of Counselling and Wellbeing Jo Tomlinson, Brighton Students’ Union Vice-President for Welfare Onyinye Okonkwo and Eastbourne campus Practice Nurse Antonia Berelson to discuss this year’s theme - kindness - and the Covid-19 Positivity Challenge. Find out more about getting support from the university and the Big White Wall.
May 22, 2020
Ravina Barrett: Coronavirus and drug treatment
In the latest podcast, Ravina Barrett, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, discusses the use of existing drugs to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the politics which could come with it. Ravina is currently volunteering as a medical research ethicist for the health research authority, which provides ethical approval for all coronavirus studies in the UK. Subscribe, share, comment.
May 15, 2020
The environment and coronavirus: Dr Kevin Wyche
The Principal Lecturer in Atmospheric Science talks about the changes in air quality during the coronavirus pandemic and reveals some surprising results. Subscribe, share and review on Apple Podcasts.
May 07, 2020
Coronavirus Q&A: Dr Sarah Pitt
Microbiologist and virologist Dr Sarah Pitt, who’s also Chief Examiner Virology at the Institute of Biomedical Science answers your questions on COVID-19.
May 01, 2020
Dr Nita Muir
In the latest episode, Dr Nita Muir, Academic Lead for Nursing, discusses how our students are contributing to treating patients affected by the coronavirus pandemic - and talks about the nursing offer from the University of Brighton. Find out about our nursing and midwifery courses.
April 24, 2020
Social Distancing: Dr Chris Cocking
In this week's podcast, Dr Chris Cocking, Principal Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, discusses social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and how the public has responded positively to the measures. Find out more about Chris' work.
April 17, 2020
Sport Brighton’s Rob Nitman
In the latest podcast, Performance Sport & Fitness Officer Rob Nitman gives advice on how to stay fit and active during the coronavirus restrictions, and why it is so important to exercise for mental wellbeing. Rob discusses UOBFIT, the free fitness app for staff, and demonstrates some simple exercises you can do at home with household equipment nearly everyone will have. Find out more about UOBFIT, free online classes from Sport Brighton and Couch to 5K. You can watch a video version of this podcast on YouTube.
April 09, 2020
Coronavirus Q&A: Dr Chi Eziefula
In this week's podcast, we ran the second of our coronavirus Q&A specials, with Dr Chi Eziefula taking your questions on Covid-19. Dr Chi is Senior Lecturer in Infection at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (run jointly by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex) and an Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. You can subscribe to this podcast via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn and most other podcast apps - just search University of Brighton. If you want to get in touch, email 
April 03, 2020
Professor Angie Hart: Resilience during the coronavirus pandemic
In the latest podcast, we've been speaking to Professor Angie Hart, Director of the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice based in the School of Health Sciences, to talk about how 'resilient moves' can help mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. To find out more about Boingboing, which works as, with and for people who have lived experience of adversity and challenges which make life more difficult.
March 27, 2020
Coronavirus Q&A: Dr Bethany Davies (BSMS)
With the university moving to remote working and learning from Monday 23 March and the coronavirus pandemic having such a huge impact on all of our lives, we invited Dr Bethany Davies, Senior Lecturer in Infection at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) to answer your medical questions on COVID-19. Over the coming weeks and months, our podcasts will focus on the virus itself, wellbeing, tips to get through this extraordinary situation - including advice on remote learning and working and much more. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and most podcast apps - just search 'University of Brighton'.
March 20, 2020
In conversation with George Mills
In the latest podcast, we catch up with sports scholar George Mills, who's just become British Indoor athletics champion in the 1500m in Glasgow and also recently went 3rd in the British rankings over the same difference. George talks about balancing studies with elite sport, his Olympic dream and his famous dad - former England footballer Danny Mills.
March 12, 2020
Careers special: In conversation with Clare Dawson
With the end of the academic year just months away, we sat down to speak to the university's new Head of Employability, Clare Dawson. Clare offers careers tips and guidance, advice on CVs, discusses how big an opportunity placements can be for students.
March 06, 2020
In conversation with Sarah Fitzjohn-Scott
In the latest episode, we speak to the School of Education's Deputy Head of School (Partnership and Engagement) to talk about teacher training, student placements and how to make teacher training even more accessible.
February 27, 2020
In conversation with Munroe Bergdorf
In the latest podcast, we spoke to the model, activist, graduate and honorary graduate following a recent visit to the university. Munroe spoke about a range of issues including learning to be happy in your own self, her time at the university and a desire for trans people to set their own ‘parameters’. Follow Munroe on Instagram and Twitter.
February 21, 2020
In conversation with Professor Rob Morgan
In the latest episode, we speak to Rob Morgan, Professor of Thermal Propulsion Systems at the University’s Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC), following the announcement that a super-clean, split-cycle engine developed at the University of Brighton - a world first - has been purchased by FPT Industrial, a Fiat brand. Rob discusses how the engine could have a hugely positive impact on the environment, with trucks including the Iveco brand (and in future, freight in general) due to use it. Find out more about the announcement and subscribe to the podcast via Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
February 13, 2020
Special podcast: Cressida Cowell
After being presented with an Honorary Doctor of Arts at winter graduation, Children's Laureate and creator of the How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell caught up with us to talk about her pride, arts degrees and children's literacy. Listen to this podcast and previous editions via Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
February 11, 2020
In conversation with Dr Alan Richardson
In this episode, we’ve been speaking to Dr Alan Richardson from the School of Sport and Service Management about his research on the physiological changes and human tolerance to severe environmental exposure. Alan discusses his latest project, which is asking for people running the Brighton Marathon to come forward to take part in some research measuring core temperature doing a marathon - find out more information and email Alan if you'd like to volunteer. Alan also talked about his extensive work with the fire service.
February 06, 2020
In conversation with Viki Faulkner
With National Apprenticeship Week coming up (3-7 Feb), the University of Brighton's Head of Apprenticeships Viki Faulkner explains our degree apprenticeships - what an apprentice can expect, and how employers can become part of the programme. Find out more about our degree apprenticeships and search for opportunities. If you'd rather listen via a podcast app, search 'University of Brighton' - we're on most platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
January 31, 2020
In conversation with Dr Panagiotis Fotaris
In the latest episode, we catch up with Dr Panagiotis Fotaris - Principal Lecturer in School of Computing, Engineering and Maths and course leader on two of our undergraduate games courses. Panagiotis talks about his innovative and unique teaching style and utilisation of virtual reality and escape rooms - as well as his side career as a mash-up artist and DJ... Find out more about our games courses and listen to work by Panagiotis' alter-ego - Bynar.
January 23, 2020
Catching up with Dr Nick McGlynn
In the first podcast of 2020, Dr McGlynn of the School of Environment and Technology discusses his research into LGBTQ communities in rural and urban areas. ​Dr McGlynn also talks about his ongoing Bearspace project, cultural and social geography and his "high energy" teaching style.
January 16, 2020
Podcast: Review of 2019
In this special end-of-year podcast, we relive some of the highlights of the last 12 months at the University of Brighton, including: Graduation, Grad Show, election of Students' Union Officers, the launch of Brighton CCA, the inaugural lectures, and some clips from our weekly podcast series.
December 19, 2019
Catching up with Robbie Lees
This week’s podcast is with our outgoing Marketing and Communications Assistant for Apprenticeships, Robbie Lees, who is coming to the end of his 15-month spell at the University – his “first proper job”. Robbie discusses… - The benefits of an apprenticeship and what he has learnt in his time here - Shadowing the Vice-Chancellor for a day - Producing a weekly Brighton and Hove Albion FC podcast and performing at Edinburgh Fringe Enjoy the podcast.
December 12, 2019
Catching up with Dr Sarah Pitt
In the latest podcast, Dr Sarah Pitt of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences discusses... - Her childhood science experiments  - Working in hospitals in Africa - How snail mucus could form a new antibiotic - The media attention her research has attracted More information about Dr Pitt's research here:
December 04, 2019
Special podcast: UK Disability History Month
Welcome to this special University of Brighton podcast. As part of Disability History Month, we thought we would speak to three of our students about experiencing university life with a disability or learning difficulty. The three students will introduce themselves in the podcast, and the three separate interviews will follow. There is more information about disability support at the University here.  Enjoy the podcast. A transcript of the interviews can be viewed here. 
November 28, 2019
Catching up with Layla Andrews
Our podcast guest this week is Humanities graduate (and soon-to-be MA student) and artist Layla Andrews, and there is a lot to discuss… Layla talks about her studies and dissertation at the University, her work with wildlife charities and a refugee aid organisation, receiving a personal letter of encouragement from Barack Obama after she painted a portrait of the former US President, and why she was invited to Nelson Mandela’s London memorial. Enjoy the podcast.
November 21, 2019
Special podcast: Professor Katy Campbell
In this special one-off podcast, we speak to Professor Katy Campbell of the University of Alberta in Canada about her research visit to the University of Brighton. Professor Campbell discusses her research into engaged scholarship and the connection between universities and the community.
November 11, 2019
Catching up with Dr Josh Cameron
In the latest episode, Dr Cameron of the School of Health Sciences discusses working in psychiatric hospitals, resilience, 'snowflakes' and problem-based learning.  He also talks about his work in the 'Blackpool Resilience Revolution' and why we shouldn't 'responsibilise' individuals for mental health issues.
November 06, 2019
Catching up with Dr Rachel White
In the latest episode, Dr White of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences discusses her research into the connection between young people and the natural world, the merits of rewilding, and the University's involvement in the Nature 2020 campaign.
October 30, 2019
Catching up with Harvey Ells
In the latest podcast, the course leader of the University's new Nutrition BSc discusses his background in retail, his research areas, and what students can expect from the new degree.
October 23, 2019
Catching up with Dr Jessica Moriarty
Dr Moriarty discusses the role of fiction in self-expression and personal wellbeing, this year’s Big Read book and sharing a moment with her former student and our honorary graduate Munroe Bergdorf during the summer graduation ceremonies.
October 16, 2019
Catching up with Professor Martin Smith
In the latest podcast, Professor Smith of the School of Environment and Technology discusses the role of geology in the development of clean energy and the practical nature of the University's earth sciences degrees. This is a preview of Professor Smith's (free) inaugural lecture, entitled 'Minerals, metals and microbes: what happens when water and geology meet'. It takes place on October 30 at the Sallis Benney Theatre. 
October 08, 2019
Catching up with Professor Sumita Verma
In the latest podcast, Professor Verma, of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, discusses the ongoing push to eliminate hepatitis C. This is a preview of Professor Verma's upcoming (free) inaugural lecture, entitled 'Making Dreams a Reality: Eliminating Hepatitis C Virus and Improving Symptom Burden in Cirrhosis', which takes place on October 23 at the Chowen Lecture Theatre in Falmer.
October 02, 2019
Catching up with Owen Evans
In the latest podcast we speak to the Sport Journalism course leader about the state of journalism today, his professional background and work at the University.
September 26, 2019
Catching up with Jackie Lelkes
In the latest University of Brighton podcast we speak to the Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Science, who discusses her work into the complex matter of care - and particularly for older people. 
September 19, 2019
Catching up with Josh Bennett
In this week's podcast we speak to Audio-Visual Content Officer Josh Bennett of the department of Marketing and Communications, a graduate of the University of Brighton. Josh discusses his route from media student to employee of the University, the video projects he has worked on, and the advice he would give to his younger self. 
September 11, 2019
Catching up with Dr Alex Channon
In this week's podcast, we speak to the senior lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Studies - as well as course leader of the Sport Studies programme and the Sports Business Management programme. Alex discusses his research on combat sports, which focuses on medical issues, how they’re regulated and the difference between fighting and violence.  There's also a conversation about concussion - a topic which regularly comes up in so many sports. Find out more about Alex's research and the University's School of Sport and Service Management as well as the Love Fighting, Hate Violence campaign .
September 05, 2019
Catching up with Brontie Ansell
In th​e latest podcast, we speak to the senior lecturer in law at the Brighton Business School about the University's soon to launch pro-bono clinic. Brontie explains how the new pro-bono clinic will benefit students studying law here - as well as the wider community - and discusses her career. Find out more about the Brighton Business School.
August 29, 2019
Catching up with Dr Dario Llinares
In the latest podcast, we speak to the Digital Film course leader about the boom of podcasting, his own Cinematologists podcast and his interest in film. Dario also talks about the other School of Media courses he teaches on and how he's planning to build on his PhD work. Find out more about The Cinematologists podcast.
August 22, 2019
Catching up with Dr Matthew Adams
In the latest podcast, Matt discusses the role of social sciences at a time of environmental crisis, the strengths of the University’s psychology department, and why he’s been posting photos of sheep on Twitter recently. Find out more about Matt's work.
August 15, 2019
Catching up with Barbara Chamberlin
In the latest podcast, we speak to the Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities about her work and PhD - which focuses on British witches. Barbara also discusses her passion for teaching and love of comics. Find out more about Barbara's work.
August 08, 2019
Graduation - Summer 2019
In a special podcast, Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris presents a selection of highlights from this summer's ceremonies. In the episode, we speak to students, their families and friends, tutors, honorary graduates - and talk to some of the staff behind the scenes.
August 02, 2019
Clearing 2019
In a special podcast, we discuss clearing with one of our own academics - Bhavik Patel - who's gone from University of Brighton clearing student to professor. In the podcast, you'll find out some essential details on how to apply. To find out more, visit or call our clearing centre on 01273 644000.
July 29, 2019
Meet the Brighton Students' Union Officer Team
In the latest podcast, we’ve been getting to know some of the new BSU officers, who talk about their priorities and look ahead to next week’s graduation ceremonies. BSU President Calvin Jude Jansz, Vice President Activities Suzie Douglas and Vice President Education Ramy Badrie (Onyinye Okonkwo , Vice President Welfare unfortunately could not join us) also sat down to discuss why they decided to campaign in the first place, their backgrounds and what it's like studying at the University.
July 25, 2019
Catching up with Bhavik Patel
In the latest podcast, we speak to an academic who's gone from clearing student to soon-to-be Professor of Clinical and Biological Chemistry. Bhavik's career is a real success story of clearing - which is a phase of student recruitment that the University is currently in. The activity really ramps up on A Level results day, which this year falls on Thursday 15 August. Bhavik talks about his experiences - and his research.
July 18, 2019
Catching up with Adele Gibson
In the latest podcast, alumna Adele GIbson talks about her upcoming 'Let's Talk About the Anthropocene' event at Grand Parade. Adele, who was an MA Fine Art student, is putting on the exhibition and programme of events based around humankind’s impact on the natural world between 27 July and 2 August at Grand Parade Gallery. Find out more about Let's Talk About the Anthropocene.
July 11, 2019
Catching up with Zoe Swan
In the latest episode, we speak to the current undergraduate course leader for law, who's been revolutionising the law programme with her integrated sessions on wellbeing and resilience.  Zoe also talks about her career, how a focus on wellness has changed her life and the importance of being a role model, having given up alcohol in late 2017. You can follow Zoe on Twitter and Instagram.
July 04, 2019
Catching up with Dr Ewan Kirkland
In the latest episode, we speak to the Principal Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies - and organiser of next month's event celebrating David Bowie, Forever Stardust. With children's culture being one of Ewan's main research interests, he discusses the release of Toy Story 4, reflects on research about gothic and horror video games and talks about the new Games Art and Design BA (Hons) and Animation BA (Hons) undergraduate courses. To book for Forever Stardust: An Evening Celebrating the Art and Music of David Bowie​, on Friday 12 June at Sallis Benney Theatre, click/tap here​.
June 27, 2019
Catching up with Alan Baser
In the latest episode, we speak to Alan about his work on the University’s Board of Governors, the Big Build, and life as a World Sailing official. ​As well as discussing his experience officiating sailing competitions at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, Alan also talks about his role as a residential advisor and being chair of the Brighton and Hove Actually Gay Men’s Choir.​
June 20, 2019
Catching up with Dr Catalina Mejia Moreno
In the latest podcast, we speak to the senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design about a symposium she's co-organising. Catalina discusses Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy , to be held at Edward Street on 24/25 June, a symposium she's arranged with Emma Cheatle (University of Sheffield). Catalina also talks about her decision to move to the UK from Colombia, the political situation in her home country, and the Graduate Show.
June 12, 2019
Catching up with Professor Yannis Pitsiladis
In the latest episode, we speak to the Professor of Sport and Exercise Science about how the University's at the forefront of anti-doping research, the Caster Semenya case - and his mission to lead a team to a sub-2 hour marathon, completely within athletics regulations. Yannis is also a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Commission and chairs the Science Commission of the International Federation of Sports Medicine - where he also sits on the executive committee.
June 06, 2019
Graduate Show 2019 preview
Ahead of our Graduate Show, a highlight of the University of Brighton's annual calendar, we speak to final year students Annie Lumby (3D Design and Craft), Jamie Moore (Digital Music and Sound Art) and Briar Grootveldt (Philosophy, Politics and Art) to look back at their time here. Annie and Jamie talk about the work they are about to display at the Graduation Show, while Briar discusses her dissertation. To find out more about their final year projects, read blog posts about Annie, Jamie and Briar. For more information about the Graduate Show (which is open to the public between 1-14 June - free entry), including opening times, click here.
May 30, 2019
Podcast: Catching up with Professor Peter Squires
In the latest ​episode, we speak to the renowned criminology professor about the University's course on the subject and current social issues. Peter discusses knife crime and statistics on it in the UK, as well as what impact the debate on guns may have on next year's US election. To find out more about the University of Brighton's Criminology course, click or tap here.
May 23, 2019
Catching up with Kimberley Georgiou
As part of Mental Health Awareness week, we’ve been speaking to our student Wellbeing Coordinator Kimberley Georgiou, who gives tips on what the University of Brighton does to boost student wellbeing – and how easy it is to seek help if you need it. You can subscribe to future podcasts and listen to previous episodes on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, or search 'University of Brighton' on your preferred podcast app. Please see the links below for information mentioned in the podcast. Self Help Resources SSGT’S Student Advice and their blog. Mood Boost. Wellbeing Works Volunteering Momentum Disability and Dyslexia Team Careers Service Coaching Sport Brighton Student Union Counselling Mind's Five Ways to Wellbeing
May 16, 2019
Catching up with Iestyn George
In the latest episode, the Senior Lecturer in the School of Media talks about the importance of studying media subjects, his former career as a journalist for the likes of NME, GQ and Golf Punk - and his previous work with the Manic Street Preachers. To find out more about the University of Brighton's School of Media, click here. You can like and subscribe to this podcast via Spotify and Apple Podcasts, or by searching 'University of Brighton' in your preferred podcast app.
May 09, 2019
Catching up with Dr Alex Zambelli
In the latest episode, we speak to the senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design about his research on urban commons - and the comparisons between architecture and archaeology.
May 02, 2019
Catching up with Professor Dawn Scott
In the latest episode, we speak to the lecturer in ecology and professor of mammal ecology and conservation about urban mammals, climate change and her TV and radio work. Dawn’s perhaps best known externally for her work on the BBC’s ‘watch’ series and also holds the role of Deputy Head of School, Research and Enterprise for the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University.
April 25, 2019
Catching up with Dr Annie Ockelford
In the latest episode, we speak to the senior lecturer in physical geography about her research - which she recently shared with MPs and governmental organisations in Westminster. To find out more about Annie's research, click here to view her university profile page​.
April 11, 2019
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's worked 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.
April 04, 2019
Catching up with...Richard Jacobs
Honorary Fellow in literature ​Richard Jacobs tells us about creating the University’s literature course, his long career in teaching and why the study of fiction is more important than ever. To read Richard's article 'Why study literature?', commissioned by The English Association, click here​.
March 28, 2019
Catching up with...Ben Roberts
In the latest episode, the Artistic Director of the University's Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) explains his plans for the venue and this autumn's programme launch. Ben talks about proposals for the galleries and the Sallis Benney Theatre, gives an insight into what we can expect from the programme and the world-class talent it'll attract (and when it'll launch), and discusses the impact Brighton CCA can have on the city of Brighton and Hove.
March 21, 2019
Catching up with...Professor Toni Hilton
In the latest episode, we conclude our inaugural lecture series previews by speaking to the Head of Brighton Business School. Toni talks about her lecture 'The co-created life: meaning, purpose and learning', which takes place at Sallis Benney Theatre on Wednesday 27 March. Tickets are free and open to the public - book your place by clicking/tapping here.
March 14, 2019
Catching up with...Professor Lizzy Ostler
Ahead of her inaugural lecture 'Not Aged By Time' on 20 March at Huxley Lecture Theatre, we've been speaking to Lizzy Ostler, Professor of Chemical Biology. Lizzy discusses how close we are to alleviating and preventing old age degenerative diseases.​ To book a free place (open to the public), click here.
March 07, 2019
In conversation with Kannan Arunasalam
In a one-off special, Edwin Gilson spoke to British-Sri Lankan filmmaker and artist Kannan Arunasalam about his new installation 'The Tent' - hosted at the University's Grand Parade gallery until 12 May.
March 06, 2019
Catching up with...Duncan Baker-Brown
In the latest episode, the sustainable architect discusses the Responsible Futures supported Waste Zone at FutureBuild, London. Duncan, from the University's School of Architecture and Design, talks about next week's symposium and exhibition at ExCeL, the Waste House and the circular economy - and listen until the end when he reveals what he perhaps could have ended up being if his career had gone in a very different direction...! Tickets for FutureBuild are free - you can register here.
February 28, 2019
Catching up with...Harm van Marwijk
Ahead of his inaugural lecture: How to reinvent primary care from the bottom up: engaging communities, we've been speaking to the professor in general practice at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. To book your ticket, click here.
February 21, 2019
Catching up with...Professor Nick Webborn OBE
In the latest episode, we start our inaugural lecture previews by speaking to the clinical professor of sport and exercise medicine at the University. Nick Webborn OBE has been at the forefront in the development of Paralympic medicine, and is now chair of the British Paralympic Association. Nick incurred a spinal cord injury while serving in the Royal Air Force in 1981 and his own experience of the rehabilitation process inspired his career in sports medicine. In this episode, ahead of his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 27 February, Paralympic Sports Medicine - The Evolution of a Specialty, Nick traces the story of his career journey and mission to bring the same level of support to Paralympians as Olympians. To book your place at the lecture, visit
February 14, 2019
Catching up with...Jo Corbett
In the latest episode, we’ve been speaking to the Deputy Director of Academic Services about her department and her pride during graduation.
February 07, 2019
Catching up with...Ben Sweeting
In the latest episode, we've been speaking to the architecture undergraduate course leader. With the National Student Survey opening on Monday 4 February, we spoke to Ben about its importance, his day-to-day job as course leader and his research interest in cybernetics.
January 31, 2019
Catching up with...Andrew Broadway
In this episode, Richard Newman speaks to Andrew Broadway, a cleaner in Watts Building, Moulsecoomb. Last year, he was recognised in the Crampton Remarkable Colleague Awards, which rewards colleagues who show excellence in the way in which they’ve undertaken their duties and have contributed to the broader life of the university.
January 24, 2019
Catching up with...Ioannis Pantelidis
In the latest episode, we speak to the principal lecture in the School of Sport and Service Management. Ioannis discusses the Imaginarium at the Eastbourne campus, which he helped set up, and his career - which has spanned across the hospitality industry.
January 17, 2019
Catching up with...Dr Fiona Ponikwer
In the latest episode, we speak to a senior lecturer in PABS to discuss a passion for helping students overcome learning barriers. ​Dr Fiona discusses her journey into higher education, how she uses previous life experiences in her teaching of students, and talks about her left-field PhD subject focus.
January 11, 2019
Catching up with...Zoë Osmond
In the first episode of 2019, we speak to the University of Brighton's Green Growth Platform director, who gives tips on how to be greener this year. Zoë sat down to discuss the Green Growth Platform, the launch of Clean Growth UK, and a variety of environmental issues - including some advice on how we can all be more enviromentally conscious.
January 04, 2019
Catching up with...Paul Levy
In a special festive episode, our digital innovation expert discusses how to find the right balance with technology over the Christmas period.
December 14, 2018
Catching up with...Dr Alison Willows
In this episode, we speak to the University's chemistry course leader about her career, research interests and how to get young people interested in science.
December 07, 2018
Catching up with...Lorraine Harrison
Ahead of this year’s festive fundraising extravaganza for the Malagiri school in Nepal, Lorraine talks about the University’s connection with the charity. Find out more about the fundraiser here:
November 30, 2018
Catching up with...Dr Marlon Moncrieffe
In the latest podcast, we discuss 'Made in Britain: Uncovering the Life Histories of Black British Champions in Cycling'. Ahead of an upcoming exhibition at Grand Parade Galleries (10-20 December), and a talk at the Advancing Teaching and Learning on Race conference (11 December), we’ve been speaking to Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, to find out more about the subject of his research: Made in Britain: Uncovering the Life Histories of Black British Champions in Cycling.
November 23, 2018
Catching up with...PC Roisin Vafaee
PC Roisin Vafaee is the University's new Police Liaison Officer, and you'll find her across our campuses, working with PC Lee Cook. In this podcast episode, PC Roisin discusses how staff and students can make the most of police services at the University, talks about her background - and recalls a remarkable story from her career in the police force. Follow PC Roisin on Twitter - @PCRoisinVafaee
November 16, 2018
Catching up with...Patt Wrangles
The sixth episode of Catching up with.... from the University of Brighton. In this series, we'll be speaking to staff from a wide range of areas at the University, finding out what they do, what their department does, and what interests them. Patt Wrangles, the University's new Head of Student Wellbeing, sat down with us to discuss mental health of students and other matters. If you'd like to be involved in Catching up with... or know someone who would, email
November 07, 2018
Catching up with...Dr Jon Watson
The latest episode in our series speaking to staff from across the University is a Black History Month special. We sat down with Dr Jon Watson, a University historian who specialises in the history of the struggle for black equality in the United States. Please subscribe to this podcast and share with colleagues - and don't forget you can also listen via Spotify and Google Podcasts.
October 26, 2018
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Acclaimed Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey sits down with Edwin Gilson to discuss his Afrogallonism work and his collaboration with the University.
October 24, 2018
Catching up with...Gillian Parfitt
The fourth episode of Catching up with.... from the University of Brighton. In this series, we'll be speaking to staff from a wide range of areas at the University, finding out what they do, what their department does, and what interests them. Gillian Parfitt, hospitality course leader for the undergraduate hospitality course programme, is our fourth guest. If you'd like to be involved in Catching up with... or know someone who would, email
October 12, 2018
Catching up with...David Hicks
The third episode of Catching up with.... from the University of Brighton. In this series, we'll be speaking to staff from a wide range of areas at the University, finding out what they do, what their department does, and what interests them. David Hicks, Head of Residential and Hospitality Operations, is our third guest. If you'd like to be involved in Catching up with... or know someone who would, email
September 27, 2018
Catching up with...Katie Piatt
The second episode of Catching up with.... from the University of Brighton. In this series, we'll be speaking to staff from a wide range of areas at the University, finding out what they do, what their department does, and what interests them. ELearning Manager Katie Piatt is our second guest. If you'd like to be involved in Catching up with... or know someone who would, email
September 20, 2018
Catching up with...Mike Fisher
Welcome to the very first episode of Catching up with.... from the University of Brighton. In this series, we'll be speaking to staff from a wide range of areas at the University, finding out what they do, what their department does, and what interests them. Mike Fisher, Sport Participation Manager at Sport Brighton is our first guest. If you'd like to be involved in Catching up with..., or know someone who would, email
September 05, 2018