50 years of fitness and friendship

On Saturday 10 June we welcomed 95 members from the Chelsea College of Physical Education class of 1970 at our Eastbourne campus. The ladies assembled in Sprinters Café where they had the opportunity to reconnect with their classmates. Some had not seen each other for nearly 50 years so there was a lot to catch up on! Fiona Smith (Principal Lecturer, School of Sport and Service Management) had set up a small exhibition which included old photographs, text books, sports equipment and the red cloaks that the ladies used to wear around campus.  Continue reading

My first fundraiser

I am Ani James and I work as a graduate intern in the Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement (PAE) office. On 23 May, I organised my first film fundraiser in support of a very important cause close to my charitable sympathies and academic endeavours (Humanities: War, Conflict and Modernity BA(Hons) and Human Rights MA). My undergraduate degree encouraged an interconnected exploration of current affairs as per historical, social, political and economic implications of war, conflict and modernity. We predominantly focused on mind-sets, events, propaganda politics and bystanderism. Each of these concepts can be identified in current humanitarian crises, including representations and sentiment.

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What do you think?

The University of Brighton is working on a project to look at how we can best communicate what it’s like to be a student here. As our alumni, we think that you are the best people to help us with this.

It would really help us if you would take a few minutes to complete a short online survey which asks questions about how you feel about the university, what makes it stand out and how you would describe it to others. The survey is run by external company, Spencer du Bois. No personal data will be collected and your answers will be completely anonymous.

If you are happy to support us in this, please click on this link to take the survey.

Many thanks in advance for your participation!

Melanie’s success STORY

Brighton graduate Melanie Smith has reached the semi-finals of the UK’s largest business pitching competition for universities.

Melanie (left, pictured with Holly Price from Santander), who studied graphic communication, is through to the final stages of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2017. She will go head-to-head against students and graduates from eight other universities, pitching her idea to a team of judges from Microsoft, Santander, Middlesex University and social enterprise app MeeTwo.

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Student prizes reward excellence

As term draws to a close, we are delighted to share details of an awards scheme designed to keep students motivated. The University of Brighton’s Breakthrough Awards have been made possible through the generosity of former students (alumni) and local businesses who are keen to align themselves with student talent. Working with the University of Brighton Alumni Association, these supporters created the Breakthrough Awards to reward students during the most challenging phase of their studies. Continue reading

Philanthropy packs a punch!

Today the 2015–16 Ross-CASE Survey published landmark figures for the first time in the survey’s 15-year history. The figures show a significant milestone as donations to UK universities surpassed the £1 billion-a-year level for the first time. Sam Davies, Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at the University of Brighton, shared her perspective on donor support and the tangible impact philanthropy has on students. Continue reading

Alumnus Alex debuts his first play, Trippin


Next week, graduate Alex Canwell  (Music Production BA(Hons) 2011), debuts his inaugural play at the Printers Playhouse in Eastbourne (4–6 May). Alex tells us about more about the play and what inspired him to write it.

My years at the University of Brighton were a vibrant snakebite and alcopop-sodden affair. I arrived from an existence of punk squats at age 19, alive with cheap drugs and the loud sounds in London to do a BA in Music Production. Continue reading

Hybe – our graduate’s new life-hack bag

Three-times Brighton alumnus Richard Simmonite, who started his own eco-focused product design company, has this week launched a new 5-in-1 shape-shifting convertible bag on Kickstarter.

A serial social entrepreneur and active member of the university’s entrepreneurship network, beepurple, Richard has turned to the online crowdfunding platform to help bring his award-winning design to market. Continue reading