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Insight into 2012: Follow our new Olympics blog

Insight into 2012 Experts from Bournemouth University (BU) have set up a specialist blog that features in-depth analysis of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as the world counts down to London 2012.

Insight into 2012 draws on BU’s world class research and expertise to bring you up-to-date commentary on the news and debates surrounding the Games.  

BU is the fourth most improved university in the UK for research quality and our experts cover a host of subjects relating to the Games, including Olympic legacy, sports technology, sports tourism, nutrition, sailing event evaluation, sport ethnography and much, much more.

As the largest university in Dorset, BU is on the doorstep of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy – a London 2012 host venue – and our panel of experts are actively involved in both local and national events and research related to the Games, as well as other major global sporting events. This professional and academic insight means that BU can offer unique and specialist perspectives on the Games that you won’t find anywhere else.

Bringing you the inside track on the big issues of the day on the blog, are:
Dr Richard Shipway
Richard’s research interests focus on sport tourism, Olympic studies, the impacts and legacies of sport events, health promotion and sport ethnography.
Bryce Dyer
Senior Lecturer Bryce’s primary interest in sport is with the development and use of its technology from both a philosophical and a practical standpoint.
Dr Heather Hartwell
Heather is a registered nutritionist and member of the Nutrition Society. Her expertise is within the field of public health nutrition particularly as it relates to food service.
Dr Holly Henderson
Holly’s interests are around sailing sports tourism, sailing event evaluation and volunteering.
Debbie Sadd
Debbie lectures in Olympic Studies, Strategy and Leadership and Marketing and her research interests include social impacts of events, urban regeneration opportunities from events and legacy planning.

All of our Insight into 2012 experts are media trained and available for interviews, and if you’d like to talk to one of them or find out more about the expertise we have at BU, please call our Public Relations team on 01202 963963 or email:

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