Alumnus Kyle Frank tells us about his studies and setting up on his own!

Kyle Frank studied a BA Hons in Applied Psychology and Sociology and graduated in 2015. He has since set up his own vegan skincare company. He shares his story with us:

What you have got up to since leaving the university?

After leaving university I believe I was in bit of a panic mode – I was not certain on what I wanted to do. I had the opportunity to be an English teacher, but after careful consideration I felt it was not the right career for me. I took some time out – travelled to different countries, and experienced diverse cultures and attitudes. What I learnt along my journey was truly a pivotal moment, and allowed me to free myself from the eurocentric understanding of career and work.

I worked part-time in fashion, while studying closely alongside The Prince’s Trust and completed their business enterprise programme.

I had the opportunity to work with amazing people in business who are specialists in their field, and was learning the key fundamentals of business. I also volunteered with amazing local community projects.

What you are doing now?

I am a entrepreneur – I launched my own self-funded vegan skincare company, FRANK’S REMEDIES. After having acne for several years, and not seeing permanent results, I made it my quest to create a natural solution. Through my own means of study in antiquated literature, and absorbing information on how different cultures deal with acne. I created and formulated my own natural skincare range that finally cleared my skin. A highlight has been being featured in ELLE and Vegan Life as a top ethical brand!


How your degree helped you with your career?

Studying for my degree, gave me a great deal of understanding of society in the ways of which we work together as a collective. Other than knowledge on theories, and theoretical perspectives, it has equipped me with skills that I use on a daily basis, and has enriched my understanding of how business works in a commercial & corporate world.

Any tips for students or recent graduates?

Don’t overthink the future, focus on the moment – its all going to be OK. Also have a friendship group that you can work on projects/assignment(s) with together – I think it’s important to smile and laugh during your experience! It doesn’t need to be so serious all the time.

For the graduates, focus on your passion/message, and see how you can help the world & make sure to network. Feel free to take some time out if you need to, there is no pressure to have it all together! 😊

What is your standout memory from your time at Brighton?

There are many, but I believe a standout memory was being with my friends. We all supported each other, and spent many fun nights in the library together completing assignments! I think it was helpful and important to have that. As as a student, you can easily burn yourself out, so it was great to have friends around you who knew when one of us needed a change of scenery. In hindsight, I would say that memory alone was an essential stage in my university journey were I felt confident, calm and relaxed with my studies/assignments & this positively reflected in my grades.

Thanks for sharing your story Kyle. Don’t forget to check out his skincare range and follow him on Twitter (@franksremedies). If you have a story to share with us, please get in touch

25 for 25 – a year of celebrations

The academic year 2017-2018 saw the University of Brighton celebrated 25 years of achieving university status. We decided to mark the occasion by facilitating 25 gatherings of alumni or other events to mark the occasion.

We had gatherings in New York, Kenya, China, Hong Kong, Eastbourne, Melbourne, Thailand as well as many other activities including an alumni book launch, Brighton Festival events and alumni reunions happening in Brighton. Alumni, students and staff came together to contribute to a year of exciting celebrations.

We kicked off by teaming up with alumnus Gavin George (BA Hons Business Studies) who owns the Laine Pub Company. We helped brew Polygon (geddit?) our own special beer to mark the celebration with the help of one of our PhD students. Alumni, students and staff all attended and enjoyed the sounds of DJ, MC Cashback (partner college graduate in FDA Music Production) who played songs from 1992-3.

After a jam packed year of activities, we rounded off the year with an evening at the i360 including a talk by honorary graduate and chief engineer John Roberts and an exclusive sunset flight. We raised £200 towards the university’s student support fund at this event.

A special anniversary edition of The Brighton Effect, our magazine for alumni and friends will be published next month, celebrating the last 25 years and looking to the future. Sign up for our blog updates to make sure you don’t miss any sneak peaks…..




My first three months at Brighton


Hello, I’m David Phillips and I have recently started working at the University of Brighton in the Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement team. I am working as Leadership Giving Officer – which is a great job! I get to go out and meet Brighton Alumni and Supporters (you are a very friendly bunch) and help match donors to projects at the university. It is really great being able to see first-hand the impact gifts of all sizes have on students and our wider university community.


Who am I, and why Brighton?

I am originally from Staffordshire and moved down south 10 years ago to study Music in Chichester, then went to the University of Southampton for my Masters in Music Performance – I specialised in Historical performance playing Recorder and Bassoon. I love baroque music but also 90’s pop and disco – the playlist in my car is varied!
My original plan was to move to the south for a few years to go to university then join an orchestra and travel the world. 10 years later I’m still on the south coast and love it! I live in Chichester and have a beautiful drive along the coast and through the South Downs to work each morning. It’s such a beautiful place to live, as a student I was unaware of all the treasures on our doorstep and 10 years on I’m still discovering new gems to explore.

I have wanted to work at the University of Brighton for a while, when I saw the job advert I had to apply! The University has such a great reputation for creativity and inclusivity that all alumni should be very proud of. Brighton’s focus on Practical Wisdom and Practical Philanthropy ensures that everything we do has a real-world practical impact.

What have I achieved in my first 3 months?

Whilst it’s a bit daunting starting a new job I have been made to feel very welcome!
My first aim was to meet as many people as possible from all over the university. This has become something of a numbers challenge, with 160,000+ alumni there are a lot of you to meet! I am always up for meeting for a coffee in Brighton or travelling to you, I love hearing about your experiences at the university and now – please do get in touch. It has been really inspiring hearing so many personal stories of the impact of studying at Brighton and meeting people who are passionate that today’s students are given the same opportunities. At graduation in August student recipients were able to meet individual donors, I have found it very moving meeting donors that share our vision of a diverse community open to everyone despite their personal finances. 

Working in Brighton has meant I have also become a commuter, in my previous job I only had a 15 minute walk to work (at the time I didn’t realise how lucky I was). This has meant I have had to say good bye to my first car Esther the Fiesta, who was struggling with the hour dive each way, and have upgraded to a mini that has such luxuries as electric windows and air con. Now that I am travelling in style am I able to get about much easier between all the campuses allowing me to get out of the office and meet even more of you.

Other highlights include, alumni events at the Amex Offices and on the i360. And exploring all the wonderful coffee shops in Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne.

What do I want to do in the next 3 months?

In the next 3 months I would like to plan some trips around the UK and abroad to meet alumni and supporters who live further afield. I would really like to get out to see the alumni group in Hong Kong – I have never been so any travel tips would be helpful. I would also like to launch some more alumni and supporter events in the UK, maybe something a bit different from the traditional networking drinks, if you have any suggestions for venues or activities drop me a message.

I am going to be working with academic schools on projects including the launch of the new business school which includes a mock court room and pro bono law clinic, the annual Cinecity film festival and the Galleries and Theatre at the University.

Outside of work I have just got a new puppy called Gustav. My first priority with him is to finish toilet training. Anyone with a dog will know this is a slow process.

It’s going to be an exciting and busy few months! I would love to meet as many of you as possible so please get in touch and we can connect online or have a coffee and I will be able to share with you some of the university’s plans and find out your link with the university community.

David Phillips – Leadership Giving Officer 01273 641578