MasterChef comes to the Eastbourne campus

The MasterChef Challenge as part of the Compact Plus Programme for widening participation has been running at the University of Brighton for five years. The event took place in the Culinary Arts Studio – a great resource for teaching within the university and for activities and events with local schools and the wider community.

From 12 to 16 June, students from five schools (Burgess Hill Academy, Eastbourne Academy, Thomas Bennett Community College, Rye College and Sir Robert Woodard Academy) took part in the challenge which included preparing and cooking a four course meal, with drinks, for judges and participants.

Students were grouped into teams and given instructions and ingredients to produce the dishes whilst being supervised by staff and student ambassadors from our hospitality courses. On each day they were observed by three judges who were University of Brighton staff.

The judges looked for how the students organised themselves to complete the set tasks paying particular attention to food hygiene and safety, team working, knowledge of dishes they were preparing, presentation of their dishes and the taste and flavour of their creation. Continue reading

Careers in Sport experience for local schools

The Field of Sport event which is part of the university’s widening participation Compact Plus Programme took place on 14 June 2017 at the Eastbourne campus.

The event was attended by 119 students from nine schools: Ifield Community College, Patcham High School, Hailsham Community College, Ark Academy Brent, Ark Globe Academy, St Leonards Academy, Rye College, Seaford Head School and Thomas Bennett Community College. The school students heard from sports professionals to gain an insight into a range of sports careers and took part in activities. Continue reading

Graduate research in the news

Carl James, who completed his PhD studies with us in 2016 before joining us as a Technical Instructor has had his research featured in two recent articles:

The New York Times
Cosmopolitan

The research was completed during his time at the University of Brighton. Carl is now a Senior Physiologist with the National Insitute of Sport, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Hospitality placement leads to graduate role

International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) student Andrew Selwyn was so impressive during his placement year that a new post was created just for him! He tells us about his placement experience and his new role:

“One of the reasons I decided to come to study in Eastbourne was because of the Culinary Arts Studio (CAS). It was the one memory I can remember vividly from my open day. I had wanted to be a chef before some college work experience changed my mind, but I still wanted to stay working with food, so the course was perfect and the idea I could still incorporate a bit of cooking was the deciding factor. 

“The skills I developed in the first and second year in the CAS also set me up for my year on placement in The Runnymede on Thames Hotel and Spa in Egham, Surrey. Continue reading

Research and Enterprise Support Excellence Award

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Graham picks up his award

The Research and Enterprise Excellence Awards are a celebration of success across the research and enterprise community at the University of Brighton.

We’d like to send many congratulations to Graham Spacey, School of Sport and Service Management Project Officer, who picked up The Research and Enterprise Support Excellence Award for support in the development and management of Football4Peace International and the school’s social and community engagement and widening participation portfolio.

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Slam dunk for Sadie

University of Brighton alumna Sadie Mason MBE has recently been appointed as Team Manager for Great Britain’s U18 Women’s Basketball Team. Sadie, who is the Chief Executive at Active Sussex, graduated in 1985 with a Sports Science BSc(Hons), then again in 1986 with a Physical Education and Science PGCE, has had a lifelong passion for basketball.

Sadie explained: “I was introduced to basketball at secondary school aged 11 and I loved it! I represented Newham at the London Youth Games, at which time I had an inspirational female coach in my formative years at the London Central YMCA Bobcats (Lesley Mowbray RIP). She introduced me to playing women’s national league at age 14 and I have never looked back.”
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Retail student successes

Many congratulations to Annabel Dines from our Retail Marketing BA(Hons) who has just secured a year on placement with Jaguar and to Cameron Hey from Retail Management BA(Hons) who will be joining Marks and Spencer for his.

We also wish Phoebe Twiss every success as she takes up a permanent post at graduation as Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser at Fenwick Department Stores. Continue reading

Top Score for Culinary Arts Studio

The Culinary Arts Studio (CAS) retained its ‘Very Good’ Food Hygiene Rating when inspectors visited this month.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops.

CAS is used by hospitality students throughout their course – it provides a professional learning environment and is open to members of the public as both a restaurant and cafe/ bar.

Innovation in Teaching award for hospitality course team

Two School of Sport and Service Management lecturers were winners of the award for Innovation in Teaching at this year’s CHME (Council for Hospitality Management Education) 2017 Research Conference.

Principal Lecturer Dr Ioannis Pantelidis and Senior Lecturer Ken Woodward both teach on our undergraduate and postgraduate hospitality courses at the Eastbourne campus. Although they were unable to attend the event in Denmark the award was collected on their behalf by hospitality graduate Dr Maria Gebbels.

Maria completed her BA, MSc and PhD at the school and is a great testament to the quality of teaching offered. Maria also picked up Best Presentation award at the event in relation to her PhD research.