July 2014

Brunel Education becomes its own Department in August

As part of the university-wide Transformational Change Project, a new Department of Education will be established on 1st August 2014. The Department of Education will be situated within the new College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, a location intended to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and joint activity in teaching and research.

June 2014

Former Student Brings Britain’s Basketball Stars Back to Brunel

A former Brunel student has returned to the university to put on a one day showcase fundraiser for British basketball.

Sam Neter, a first class Sport Sciences student who graduated in 2008, now runs leading UK basketball website On Sunday June 15 Neter, staged the inaugural Hoopsfix All-Star Classic in aid of the Hoopsfix Foundation – a newly-launched not-for-profit initiative dedicated to helping grow the game in the UK.

Making ITT better, Monday 7th July 2014

We are developing the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes and their ‘shape’ in order to meet the needs of schools and student teachers. It is essential that we consult with our partners about how we work together to provide the best possible education for the teachers of the future.

Research proves World Cup quality footballers are on the ball

By working with Gillette, the Football Association and professional players, Brunel researchers have discovered that top international sportsmen can anticipate an opponent’s actions as much as 80 milliseconds before they move.

Brunel University NCETM Accreditation: Delivering high quality mathematics CPD

Two members of the Education department have successfully achieved accreditation from the NCETM (National Centre for the Excellence in Teaching Mathematics) meaning that they can act as Professional Development Leads.

Position for one full-time Physiology-related PhD studentship available

Sport Sciences within the School of Sport and Education has consistently been highly rated in national league tables. This reflects a strong tradition in Sport coupled with significant recent investment in state-of-the-art sports and laboratory facilities for research and teaching. The School offers a vibrant mix of young researchers working alongside more experienced colleagues. Within Sport Sciences we have two research centres: the Brunel Centre for Sport Health and Wellbeing and the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance.  As part of our vision for 2014/15 and beyond, we are looking to continue development in these areas.  We have one full-time Physiology-related PhD studentship available in the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance (CSMHP) beginning 1st October 2014.

May 2014

Brunel research published in The Journal of Physiology reveals new insights into the circulation and metabolism of the human brain during strenuous exercise

Brunel research published in The Journal of Physiology reveals new insights into the circulation and metabolism of the human brain during strenuous exercise.

Education Annual Public Lecture 2014, Thursday 5th June 2014


5.30pm - 7.00pm Brunel University, Eastern Gateway Auditorium.

Free event open to the public. Booking required. Please email


Brunel sponsors the Heathrow University Technical College

Brunel University is proud to be sponsoring a new University Technical College (UTC) in west London. The new UTC is co-sponsored by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, the Royal Airforce, Heathrow Airport and the London Borough of Hillingdon. Unsurprisingly given those sponsors it is the first Aviation Engineering UTC.

Review finds homophobia an issue for LGBT communities who want to take part in physical activity

Brunel academics have completed a review, tackling homophobia ahead of Saturday 17 May - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Homophobia in Sport to be Measured Internationally for the First Time

Brunel’s Professor Ian Rivers is working cross-nationally to understand if team sports remain a bastion of homophobia.

The first international study on homophobia in sport is set to shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field. The study, called “Out on the Fields,” has been launched in the lead-up to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May. Sporting culture is often considered one of the last places in Western society where discrimination based on sexuality is still common.

Tween Culture. Public Lecture, Thursday 10 July 2014

6pm - 7.30pm The Hamilton Centre, Brunel University.

This event takes a critical look at tween girl culture. It is an illustrated lecture by performance artist Bryony Kimmings. The event is free and open to the public. Places are limited so booking is required. To book your place please log on to:

Welcoming Dr Lorraine McCormack

A warm welcome to our most recently-arrived colleague, Dr Lorraine McCormack, Lecturer in Primary Science Education. Lorraine joins us at an exciting time in the development of the department and will be making a key contribution to our STEM education profile as well as to our outstanding primary education course.

Aisha Shows Bedford the Naibe-Wey

Brunel’s athletics team contested the traditional curtain raiser to the collegiate outdoor athletics season – the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Championships. The event was staged at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium which played host to over 100 participating institutions. The Brunel women’s team finished fourth overall, while the men’s team finished equal thirteenth with Oxford.

March 2014

Brunel Professor Wins AERA Book Award

Professor Gert Biesta has been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Book Award from Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association for his book The Beautiful Risk of Education, which was published in 2014 by Paradigm Publishers USA

Dr Paul Miller brings international focus to MA Education

Dr Paul Miller, the new Programme leader for MA Education, is about to embark on a trip to Azerbaijan as part of his role as a Member of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM). He will be joining 15 of the UK’s leading specialists in educational leadership and the British Council. Over four days from 24 March, they will be meeting head teachers and people from Azerbaijan’s Education ministry to develop educational leadership and management as a theoretical field in the country.

What works best in raising aspirations of high-achieving disadvantaged young people into University?

New research funded by the Department of Education (DfE) has sought to find out what schools and colleges are doing to raise the aspirations of disadvantaged young people for University. The research team, led by Professor Carole Leathwood of the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University, included recent Brunel appointee Dr Ayo Mansaray, and Dr Sumi Hollingworth at London South Bank University (both at IPSE at the time), and social research company, TNS BMRB. The study involved a survey of schools and colleges in England and in-depth qualitative case studies.

Welcome to Dr Paul Miller: Building an international community of learning and leadership

Introducing Education’s newest recruit, Dr Paul Miller and his work on developing leadership in teachers and Principals.

Three minute film shows how Brunel Sport Scholar Melissa Courtney achieves success

Melissa's contribution is the second of a suite of films being developed to highlight the unique selling points of the Sport Sciences programmes and attract more students with ABB grades to Brunel.  The first film explains the San Francisco exchange.

February 2014

Jessica Andrews named Senior Women Champion at Southern Cross Country championships

Jessica Andrews, a first year Sports Science student, was recently named Senior Women Champion at the Southern Cross Country championships.

James Comes to the Fore

Students from Brunel University recently won two gold, two silver and one bronze at the annual British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Indoor Athletics Championships.

PhD Studentship: The psychological and neural mechanisms underpinning decision-making under pressure

The Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance is looking to recruit one PhD student with interest in this topic.

PhD Studentship: Teacher Education and School Development

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the area of Teacher Education and School Development within the School of Sport and Education.

Education Public Event, 6 March 2014


5.00-7pm, Brunel University, Eastern Gateway Building, Room 003/003A

Free event open to the public.

Brunel Crowned 2014 Inter-Varsity Champions

Brunel University Athletics Club recently faced leading adversaries—Loughborough, Bath, Birmingham and Cardiff Met—in the annual indoor Inter-Varsity Challenge. The event, held at the Lee Valley Stadium in North London, saw both women’s and men’s teams emerge victorious. The men’s team led by captain Mark Cryer had particular strength in depth and finished well ahead of archrivals Loughborough.

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