OSTC Brighton v Sussex Trading Challenge 2018

The OSTC Trading Challenge facilitated by alumni Sam Baker provides a unique opportunity for finance students to test their trading skills on a live simulated trading platform. The virtual environment allows students to trade financial derivatives across a range of products including; commodities, equities and fixed income.

The University’s OSTC trading room enables students to use virtual funds to invest in the market as they see fit. The markets and industry news are real; the positions, profits and losses are fictional.

The challenge teaches students to make decisions under pressure, take calculated risks and experience the excitement of the trading floor. The student with the largest profit at the end of the competition is invited to a week-long experience as a Junior Trader at the OSTC Brighton office. The top five traders from the event receive a trophy at the annual awards evening held in Brighton.

This year’s event was a close affair with Brighton taking the overall victory for the second year a row! This takes the overall series to 3-3 making the competition in 2019 even more exciting.

The event as always was very well received with over 40 students attending each of the launch events and continually asking questions throughout the game period. There was a huge range of skill bases involved, from first time traders to those that had traded before on their own.

The aim of the event is offer students a taster of life as a trader to allow them to make

an informed decision as to whether this is the career for them. It also enables OSTC to interact with students who have a passion for the financial markets and have implemented successful strategies over the course of the 5 week event.

OSTC Brighton have a number of alumni from both Brighton and Sussex universities, with previous winners still succeeding at the highest level within the OSTC group.

‘As an alumni of Brighton University, it gives me great pleasure to offer the same opportunity to others that I received when I left university. Working with OSTC not only gave be a great start to my career, but changed my life too’ – Sam Baker

In order to become a successful trader we look for graduates with good numerical and analytical skills; an entrepreneurial attitude; a disciplined approach to work; and the commitment and dedication to succeed.

Celebrating 25 years in Kenya!

A small group of graduates reunited in Nairobi, Kenya to mark 25 years of Brighton achieving university status. Angeline Elliott from the International Office facilitated this gathering at the hotel she was staying at during her travels.

She enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the graduates and described the evening as an intimate social event for alumni to gather and share stories about their experiences in Brighton and of the University.

The graduates updated Angeline and each other on their career successes.  All of them are employed in various interesting roles. Among them were two recent architecture graduates in work placements as part of the process to becoming fully qualified architects.

Also Mathew Muraya (International Hospitality Management, class of 2016) who is training to work in digital marketing and was due to attend a business meeting at 10pm that same night!

The event was a great opportunity for the graduates to connect with each other and share their stories of their time studying.

We are trying to hold 25 gatherings all over the world to mark 25 years of Brighton achieving university status. If you would like to host a gathering of graduates to mark 25 years, please get in touch by emailing alumni@brighton.ac.uk.

International award for Freya

A University of Brighton alumna has won an international award for design.

Freya Richmond is the only designer from the UK among the three winners of the Printeriors 2018 design competition, run by the

Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA), a global federation of 37 national associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. Two other winners are from Sweden and Denmark.

The winning designs will feature in this year’s Printeriors Airport Lounge of the Future, at FESPA Global Print Expo, which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 at the Messe exhibition centre in Berlin.

The competition was run in conjunction with ARTS THREAD, a world-leading network for new creatives, received 180 entries.

Freya, who graduated from the University with a BA(Hons) in Printed Textiles with Business Studies last summer, is now working for Richard Quinn screen printing and sublimation printing on to fabrics.

She said: “Wow, this is hugely exciting and what an incredible opportunity for me as a print designer to see my prints come to life at FESPA. Arts Thread have been a huge support in emerging designers, welcoming them in to the industry. Thank you to Artsthread and FESPA for choosing my designs to be part of this amazing show. Very much looking forward to Berlin. ”

The winners were decided by competition judges: Christian Duyckaerts, FESPA President and owner of Retail Communicators; Christophe Aussenac, FESPA Vice President and director ATC Groupe; and Debbie McKeegan, textile ambassador for FESPA.

The brief was to design a pattern to be realised in every element of the Printeriors feature entitled ‘Airport Lounge of the Future 2030’. The final three designs will be used on furniture, walling, flooring, windows and soft furnishings.

Debbie McKeegan said: “The quality of entries for our first Printeriors competition was exemplary and a tribute to the talent of the next design generation. After careful consideration, and much deliberation, three designers offering a unique vision were selected.”

Christian Duyckaerts adds: “The number of good design entries made it very difficult to pick three winners. The winning designs reflect a perfect combination between design and colour selection within three totally different atmospheres and all of them very suitable for printed interior design. I’m looking forward to seeing how they are realised in Printeriors.”

The three winners have won a trip to FESPA 2018 in Berlin to see their designs come to life in Printeriors 2018. For more information on Printeriors and FESPA Global Print Expo visit: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com.

To see all the winners and more information on ARTS THREAD, go to:  https://www.artsthread.com/fespa

Alumna sailing to the Arctic in the name of art

A graduate artist has won a place on an Arctic expedition which aims to highlight how human activity has influenced changes to the climate and environment.

Adele Gibson, 59, was awarded an MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton earlier this year and took up the challenge “to witness these changes first-hand”.

She said: “I am a visual artist with a background in science and more latterly, landscape oil painting. I am approaching the end of my sixth decade and wanted to step outside the comforts of my daily life, face new challenges and do something meaningful.”

Adele has been awarded a place on an international artist and scientist expedition to Svalbard, Norway, in the High Arctic in June with the organisation The Arctic Circle, an annual expeditionary residency programme bringing together artists, scientists, architects, and educators to explore remote destinations aboard a specially outfitted Barquentine sailing vessel.

Quite a challenge for someone who suffers from sea-sickness and the cold: “I plan to mitigate the cold with good Arctic clothing and I hope to remedy any sea-sickness with acupuncture – I have a friend who is going to teach me how to administer acupuncture myself.”

Adele, who lives and paints in Lewes, said she was delighted to have been selected for the trip: “It was during my research at the University that I became aware of the impact that we are having on our natural world: the changes in the Arctic are being experienced more rapidly than anywhere else in the world.

“I have visited Iceland twice and have a strong emotional response to the sublime icy and glaciated landscape there and this inspires my paintings. My residency in Svalbard will allow me to spend a longer period of uninterrupted time in the Arctic region and will also enable me to make contact and collaborate with artists and scientists who are researching similar themes.

“The project is important to me in terms of allowing me to visit a remote and very special environment and I hope to use the experience to make work that communicates the unique beauty and fragility of the Arctic region.  In the current political environment it is more important than ever before that we recognise the facts of what is happening on our planet.”

Adele has found half the £6,000 cost of the trip through the sale of her art and is crowdfunding the remainder for “flights, woolly socks, underwear and mineral watercolour pigments and other art materials”. Go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/adele-gibson-arctic-circle-residency-art#/

For more information on Adele, go to: http://www.adelegibson.co.uk/

Express rise for University of Brighton graduate

A University of Brighton alumna has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer for American Express at their New York headquarters.

Sonia Cargan has enjoyed a 22-year career with American Express, holding a range of human resources roles in Europe, Asia, and North America, and building a track record of partnering with business leaders to drive strategic organisational goals.

Prior to becoming Chief Diversity Officer, Sonia was Senior HR Business Partner for a portfolio of American Express Groups including Global Finance, the General Counsel’s Organisation, Global Advertising and Brand Management, the Internal Audit Group and Corporate Affairs & Communications.

Sonia graduated with a BA(Hons) degree in social administration from the University in 1991: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Brighton, so much so that I settled in the town after I graduated and I consider Brighton my adopted home. My children are Brightonians and proud Seagull fans!”

Sonia completed a second course at the University, qualifying her as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She said the courses she most enjoyed related to government policy, understanding the decision making process and historical context: “As we try to effect change it’s important to understand and appreciate the journey and to recognise the broader environment.”

Sonia’s new appointment means she will lead a team of global diversity and inclusion professionals. She will serve as a conduit to the company’s 15 active colleague networks with nearly 100 chapters globally, working to promote a culture of inclusion, increase colleague engagement and provide development opportunities to help colleagues advance throughout the organisation.

She said: “I am excited to build on American Express’ long-standing diversity and inclusion best practices. In the coming months, I will be dialing up our emphasis on inclusivity to continue fostering a company culture where differences are embraced and high-performing, diverse teams are enabled to reach their full potential.”

Kevin Cox, Chief Human Resources Officer for American Express, said: “Sonia is a long-time advocate of the business results that can be achieved through the development of a diverse and inclusive organisation.

“As an executive with a wealth of global experience, she is also ideally suited to continue to elevate and evolve our diversity and inclusion strategies through a global lens.”

Top alumni artists in Brighton exhibition

Works by internationally acclaimed artists Rachel Whiteread CBE and Sir Antony Gormley will feature in a new exhibition coming to the University of Brighton in March.

‘Marks Make Meaning: drawing across disciplines’ focuses on the diversity of drawing and running alongside the exhibition will be a series of events sponsored by the University’s Brighton Creative Futures, which provides a focus for research and enterprise activity.

Open to the public, the exhibition is hosted by the University’s School of Art and its new Drawing Research and Enterprise Group (REG), and is being held at the University’s gallery in Grand Parade, Brighton.

University graduate Rachel Whiteread, one of Britain’s leading artists and sculptors, was the first woman to win the Turner Prize and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University in 1998.

Antony Gormley OBE, creator of the Angel of the North, taught at the University’s former Brighton College of Art. Both started their careers in Brighton.

Marks Make Meaning will honour celebrated University alumni and will showcase the range of drawing research and practice across the University. It will also be a platform for collaborative projects with external partners.

There are three main strands to the event: space and place, health and wellbeing, and education and learning. There will be workshops and talks from experts including Isabel Seligman from the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings, consultant hand surgeon Donald Sammut, Royal Academy of Art’s environmental artist Emma Stibbon, printmaker/painter and University lecturer Tom Hammick, and Emeritus Professor and children’s author John Vernon Lloyd.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Philippa Lyon, from the Drawing REG and Duncan Bullen, Deputy Head of the School of Art. He said: “Drawing practices, from explanatory sketches and diagrams through to maps, prints, plans and much more, are fundamental to many disciplines and professions.

“They are deeply embedded across the arts, architecture and many other design subjects and are also part of learning in subjects as wide-ranging as engineering and medicine. In the context of an international growth in drawing research, Brighton’s particular focus is on the understanding and applications of drawing.”

There will be a private view on 9 March and the exhibition will be open to the public from 12 to 29 March.

For more information and to book attendance, go to:

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.”

If you would like to write a blog for us, drop me an email to n.ashton@brighton.ac.uk.

Catching up with alumna and entrepreneur Sally Bunkham

Entrepreneur and graduate Sally Bunkham (2002 BA(Hons) Cultural and Historical Studies) talks about her experiences while studying at the University of Brighton and how she turned a negative experience into a positive and started her own business!

“I ended up at University of Brighton a bit by accident…and what a lovely accident it was! I had almost given up on going to university when I didn’t get the grades I wanted at A Level. My pal persuaded me to give clearing a go. We stuck a pin on the list and it ended up pointing at Brighton, on a course called “Historical and Cultural Studies”. ‘Why not?’ I thought.

“Brighton felt a million miles away from my sleepy Lincolnshire hometown. I remember walking through the streets and thinking how colourful everything was. Tattoos, piercings and amazing eclectic fashion everywhere! I was daunted but immediately loved it. I made some fantastic friends in Varley Halls, who I still remain close to today.

“I remember how fabulously ‘right on’ my course felt. We were taught to question the world we live in and to look back on history in a totally fresh way. It was nothing like the history I was taught in secondary school. It was modern and it was exciting. It really made me see how the history of yesterday shapes our modern world…it still continues to do so. I remember being fascinated by what I learnt about Stalinist Russia. I have particularly nostalgic memories of watching and studying the Russian art film “The Mirror” by Tarkosvy. It was deliciously different and more beautiful than any of the stuff I’d learnt in school.

“Being at university taught me to talk to everyone. I flourished being in those diverse surroundings. It felt like a bit like everyone could belong because everyone was a bit of a misfit. I was in my element!

“One memory that stands out is my lovely best friend and housemate accidentally deleting my dissertation the night before it was due to be handed in. It was back in the day of floppy disks and we clearly weren’t very computer literate. There was a mass panic in our house and myself, my best pal Tash and my other pal Simon sat all night typing it up again from my handwritten notes. That night taught me to be calm and use humour in the face of adversity, and that if you all pull together, you can achieve a lot! My dissertation was handed in on time the next day. We still all have a laugh about that night to this day and they remain my closest friends.

“I was sad to graduate as it meant those fabulous 3 years were over. I tried to live in London but I missed Brighton too much and was back within a year. I had a brief stint in sales before finding a job working at The University of Sussex and working in events. I met my husband, Paul, in 2007 in the crowd of a Primal Scream set at Bestival. Despite meeting on the Isle of Wight we were delighted to discover we both lived in Brighton. We married in 2013 and had our first daughter, Daisy in 2014. Rather crazily we discovered I was pregnant again when my first daughter was only just 3 months old. So in 2015 I had 2 daughters under 2 (nearly under 1). I was flung into motherhood and I soon realised it was to be the second biggest life changing event I would encounter thus far (after moving to Brighton to go to university!).

“Rather sadly, I was diagnosed with post-natal depression following my second daughter. It was a bleak time, but bizarrely provided the inspiration for my career now. I am the founder and CEO of mumsback.com. We provide hamper gifts for new mums, focussing on all the yummy stuff we’re not allowed whilst pregnant. I got the idea following my back to back pregnancies missing all the stuff I wasn’t allowed! It also dawned on me that all the gifts I received as a new mum (although lovely) were all focussed on the baby. I thought there should be more that recognises the crazy journey of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood that us mums go on. We are also a social enterprise, and £1 from every hamper goes to PANDAS Foundation, who support families going through perinatal mental health issues.

“Things are going really well and we’ve been featured a number of times in some great publications like The Independent, The Guardian, The Metro and mashable.com. We are also a partner of notonthehighstreet.com. Mum’s Back has been on the TV and radio a number of times speaking out about the importance of maternal mental health awareness, and I’m absolutely loving turning something rather negative that happened in my life into something so positive.”

You can find information about Sally with the following links: