About Sarah Grant

Alumni Communications Manager at the University of Brighton. All views are my own.

Encouraging talent to flourish

Andrew Davidson is an alumnus and proactive supporter of the University of Brighton, regularly attending university events and endorsing our campaigns. He is one of a growing number of alumni who understand the merits of giving back to the university and inspiring fellow future alumni to succeed. Andrew is the generous sponsor of one of our Breakthrough Awards, which he has poignantly dedicated to recently deceased rising star Khadija Saye. Continue reading

Catch Dale’s art at the new Saatchi expo

Brighton alumnus Dale Lewis (Fine Art MA 2006) will be exhibiting in the upcoming Saatchi Gallery exhibition: ICONOCLASTS: Art out of the Mainstream. Dale’s work will feature in the exhibition which runs from 27 September 2017 to 7 January 2018.

Dale Lewis, Eurovision, 2015, Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 400 cm

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Elizabeth scoops top art award

Brighton alumna Elizabeth McCarten (Fine Art Printmaking BA(Hons) 2012) has won the Jackson’s Young Artist Award in this year’s Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

Elizabeth is also a Royal Drawing School graduate. She collected her £500 prize for her ethereal watercolour, The Boboli Gardens and was credited by Jackson’s Art Supplies for her “measured, understated” painting which is “peppered with a delicate decorative quality”.


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Brighton sparks Ruby’s volcanic interest

Geography graduate Ruby Coates has had an exciting time since leaving the University of Brighton, working her way around the world including internships in Brazil and Patagonia. She kindly shared some of her experiences in the midst of her travels. Her undergraduate degree experience ignited a passion for volcanology and she begins her masters degree in the subject at Bristol University this autumn. Continue reading

Jaide is going places with TFL

Graduate schemes are a fantastic way to enter the industry of your choice. Recent graduate Jaide Hartridge got in touch to let us know what she’s been up to since qualifying last year with a first-class degree in Environmental Sciences.

“I am now on the Health, Safety and Environment Graduate scheme for Transport for London. This entails working in various placements across the company for two years before rolling off into a full-time position. So far, I have been with teams working in upgrading/constructing new underground stations and surface transport (everything other than the underground!).

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Vulnerable students no longer have to stand alone


The University of Brighton recently became one of the first Higher Education Institutions in the south to sign the Stand Alone Pledge. The pledge is the brainchild of Becca Bland, Brighton alumna (Editorial Photography BA(Hons) 2006) and Chief Executive of UK charity, Stand Alone. Becca established the charity following her first-hand experience of being an estranged student – one who has no immediate family support network. Continue reading

Jack’s the first for esports

A University of Brighton graduate has become the first full-time British newspaper esports journalist. Jack Stewart, 21, graduated with a Sport Journalism BA(Hons) degree just this summer and was quickly snapped up by a national newspaper to report on competitive video games.

Jack said: “The Daily Mail advertised they were looking for an esports journalist online and, luckily, one of my course mates had just started working there and pointed it out to me – blabbing on about esports for three years clearly paid off in the end. Continue reading

From graduate scheme to being your own boss

Every graduate journey is different which is why we love hearing about them. We are especially grateful when our alumni return to campus to share their experiences with prospective students, as Brighton alumna Beki Gowing (Textile Design for Fashion BA(Hons) 2013) did during a summer open day at the School of Art. It was great to hear about Beki’s career since leaving university and the lessons she has learnt along the way. Continue reading

Karin’s journey from international student to counsellor

Our alumni come from all over the world and each of their graduate journeys is different. Karin Brauner Hollman (Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling PGDip 2011) tells us about hers.

“I was born in Guatemala, where I lived until I moved to England in 2006. I went to a bilingual Montessori School there, which I am so grateful for as it provided me with the knowledge I needed to develop as a person and as an English and Spanish speaker.

“I am German by heritage, and this is something that helped me live and work England without requiring a Visa or work permit.

“I began my counselling and psychotherapy career in Guatemala, where I graduated with a BA and Licenceship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (2008). I then moved to England in 2006 and studied for my PGDip at the University of Brighton between 2009–2011. Continue reading

Arts alumnae reunite in China

University life brings a bounty of experiences, not just your qualifications – none more so than the strong friendships you forge with people from all over the world. We were delighted to hear from Brighton alumna Natalie Knowles (Sequential Design/Illustration MA 2009) who recently visited a fellow graduate, Yishi Fu (Arts and Design by Independent Project MA 2010) in China. Natalie shared her experience with us. Continue reading