Could you volunteer to support a school in Sussex?

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is looking for volunteers to join the Local Boards of academies based in Hastings, St Leonards and Crawley.

Local Board members act as an essential link between an academy school and its local community. They have a positive impact on young people’s lives; using their

personal and professional skills to help shape the vision of an academy, celebrate success and ensure every child reaches their potential.

Individuals are being sought with a variety of skills and backgrounds from fundraising to strategic planning. Full training and support is offered, providing volunteers with board-level leadership and strategy skills.

Local Board members become part of the Trust’s network of 15 academies across Sussex all supporting each other, and their pupils, to excel.

What it means to be a Local Board member

Paul Taylor is currently serving on the Local Board of Robsack Wood Primary Academy and Josephine Notaras is at Desmond Anderson Primary Academy. They highlight the crucial role these posts play in schools and local communities.

Paul said, “I volunteered as I wanted to put something back into the school. The role itself is enlightening, educating and rewarding and I enjoy seeing the children flourish… in their environment.”

Josephine said, “As a mother of four I’m a firm believer in the importance of a good education. I see my role as a critical friend to the academy and I find being a Local Board member interesting and inspiring!”

How to apply

To find out more and apply visit The Academies Trust website. www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/locallink

Alumna Paris Lees is one of Vogue’s New Suffragettes

Men should start behaving themselves was the message from University of Brighton honorary doctorate Paris Lees who has become the first openly transgender person to feature on the front cover of British Vogue magazine.

The award-winning writer, TV personality, presenter, equality campaigner, and University alumna is one of seven influential women featured to mark the 100th anniversary since women were granted the vote.

The Meet the New Suffragettes feature and front cover also feature politicians Stella Creasy and Sophie Walker, artist Gillian Wearing, founder of gal-dem Liv Little, blogger Dina Torkia and writer Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Paris graduated from the university in 2009 in BA(Hons) English Language and Literature and was awarded an honorary degree of a Doctor of Letters by the University in 2016 in recognition of her major contribution of transgender identity in contemporary society and of her work as a journalist and social commentator.

To see the New Suffragettes photo go to the Vogue website which features video interviews in which Paris says: “One thing that would improve the lives of women is if men would behave themselves #notallmen, just a significant proportion.

“Feminism is about pushing for the rights of women and that includes all women – because if you are not pushing for the equality and dignity for all women then it’s not equality you want, it’s diplomacy.”

Ulla Felden’s journey from International Tourism Management to Digital Marketing Exec!

Alumna Ulla Felden got in touch to tell us about what she’s up to now and her experiences studying at the University of Brighton….

“As part of my International Tourism Management course programme from my university in Germany, I studied my final year at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne in 2014. I had the opportunity to be taught by some amazing professors and learn a great deal about sport–and destination tourism as well as marketing. Being so impressed with the way that was taught as well as the open communication between students and professors in Eastbourne, I decided to come back to the UK in 2015 to pursue my Master’s degree in Marketing at the University of Leeds after finishing my degree in Germany.

“After working half a year as Business Development Executive, I am currently working at Search Laboratory, one of the top Digital Marketing Agencies in Leeds as an International Digital Marketing Executive. My main responsibilities include providing country and language specific content and PR strategies for our clients. I am further supporting the expert PPC and SEO teams in order to create high value online coverage for the client and excellent search marketing results for all departments. For the role as International Digital Marketing Executive it was of great help that I was able to improve my presenting skills at University of Brighton as well as all the marketing knowledge I gained.

“One of my most outstanding experience in Brighton was the graduation ceremony that I was able to enjoy with all my classmates and the inspiring speeches of the speakers for this occasion. My advice to all students and future graduates is to enjoy their time at university and to make as many friends and contacts as possible for the future. Studying at university is an incredible time and should be enjoyed as much as possible as it shapes your future in a great deal.”

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