Hugs and high dining

Five years ago, Jack Layer was graduating from his Critical Fine Art Practice course at the University of Brighton. This spring, he kept over five million culinary fans on tenterhooks as he cooked his way to the MasterChef UK finals.

From the first round, Jack had the judges impressed with his maverick and mouthwatering dishes, including an unlikely dessert based on coriander.

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Life as a student telephone fundraiser

Each year, the university runs telephone fundraising campaigns. These form a vital part of our philanthropic efforts to enhance our students’ experience. The Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Department recruits and trains current students to work on these campaigns: this helps them support themselves through their studies, provides them with an insight into how awards and bursaries are funded, and provides our alumni recipients with an authentic calling experience. The campaigns are organised by Regular Giving Officer and Brighton alumna, Claire Kidd (Globalisation; History, Politics, Cultures BA(Hons) 2013). Continue reading

Steven’s design honours The Bard

In commemoration of William Shakespeare’s birthday, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) unveiled an artwork made by Steven Follen 3D Design, Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics BA(Hons) 1992.

For all time at RSC, credit Andrew Fox EMBARGOED UNTIL 22 APRIL 2016

Steven was commissioned by the RSC to create its largest site-specific artwork to date. The piece, called For all time, formed part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare. Current 3D students from the University of Brighton helped create the artwork which comprised 2,000 metal stars, each hand-folded and hung from the ceiling to create the form of a three-metre tall human face. Continue reading

US correspondent

John Hiscock (Communications and Digital Media BA(Hons) 2006) is the LA-based producer for ITV’s breakfast shows, Good Morning Britain and Lorraine. John has worked in breakfast television ever since he graduated. John shares some of his career insights and explains why there is no such thing as a typical working day …


“My involvement with ITV started a couple of years before graduating when my course required a one-month work placement. The university helped me set up a placement at GMTV, which is the show that has gone on to become Good Morning Britain.

“That placement set me on a career path that I still find myself following today. The experience really helped me focus my attention on why I was at university and the direction I wanted my career to take upon graduation. Continue reading