Cooking up a storm

Budding young chefs took part in a Masterchef Challenge at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne.

The week-long challenge saw five schools from across Sussex preparing and cooking meals for visitors including Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd.

Stephen Lloyd chats to the pupils as they cook their masterpiecesStudents from Cavendish School in Eastbourne served up a four-course meal in the University’s Culinary Arts Studio, supervised by University staff and student ambassadors.

Students were split into teams to prepare each of the courses and each was judged by Stephen Lloyd, Professor Jo Doust, Head of the School of Sport and Service Management, and Jacky Langford, the School Manager. Continue reading

Let’s unite tourism in Africa

Tight links between public and private sectors are needed to transform tourism growth across the African continent, according to UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

He was speaking at the 61st meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, held in Abuja, Nigeria, which was attended by 18 tourism ministers and key tourism stakeholders from 36 countries in Africa.

photo of Professor NovelliProfessor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for the University of Brighton’s Responsible Futures  Agenda, was amongst the guest speakers. Her work on fostering Responsible Futures through Sustainable Tourism  is aimed at contributing to a more just and environmentally sustainable society through the development of research and enterprise collaborations with local, national and international organisations and industry partners. Continue reading

PhD student wins the 3MT competition

Jennifer with her winners certificateSchool of Sport and Service Management PhD Student Jennifer Holland has won 1st place in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the University of Brighton’s Festival of Postgraduate Research which took place on 7 June.

Hosted by Vitae, the 3MT invites doctoral students to explain their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using only one slide, which is a huge feat when an 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present! Continue reading

Downing Street shown how we can use wasted food

Finalists in a University of Brighton ‘bright ideas’ contest visited 10 Downing Street to discuss student entrepreneurship.

One explained his idea of turning the seven million tonnes of food thrown away each year into nutritious juices.

The students met Government business advisor Jimmy McLoughlin on the invitation of Enterprise Nation, the business support tool available free to all student and graduate entrepreneurs from the University. Continue reading

Unpacking the future of hospitality

Krunali Mane, a second year International Hospitality Management BA(Hons), was invited to attend the Unpack the Future of Hospitality event organsied by the British Association of Hospitality, The British Institute of Inkeeping and The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

Krunali, who is taking part in the Springboard GEMS Mentoring Scheme, tells us about the event.

“In our fast-paced modern society, single-use food packaging is an endemic problem, from meal boxes, coffee cups, plastic cutlery and plastic straws, through to the vac packs and containers used in kitchens. While non- degradable disposable items may be convenient and important to ensuring food hygiene, they are problematic for our environment.” Continue reading

Adding to their qualifications

Many congratulations to our first group of students to have taken their BIAAB Award for Personal Licence Holders course.

The students, all studying on the International Hospitality Management BA(Hons), achieved amazing results and now have a great addition to their CVs as a Personal Licence is required by anyone authorising the sale of alcohol from a licensed premises.

the students celebrating with a bottle of champagnePictured left to right are Ilaria, Luke, Matthew, Cheri, Dylan and Vicky who will be making use of their qualification on their upcoming placements.

Luke, Ilaria, Dylan and Vicky have a double the reason to celebrate as they have recently passed their Level two Wine and Spirit Education Trust exams with flying colours too!

E-commerce Guest Lecture

Travel and tourism e-commerce expert Tim Williamson visited tourism and hospitality students to provide an in-depth, contemporary review of what is currently happening within the sector.

Photo of Tim Williamson with sunglasses on his headTim, who helps run on-line activist travel company Responsible Travel talked about using e-commerce in the real world. He showed in some detail how building a good looking website may be relatively easy but the challenge of getting traffic to the site and getting customers to buy something from it is less so.

The students discussed how Google works and how you either need deep pockets to buy a slot at the top of their listings or you need to be great at Continue reading

Practical learning with the SU

The School of Sport and Service Management and Students’ Union collaborated to provide a practical learning experience for students.

Second year students studying International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) and Senior Lecturer Angela Maguire, welcomed Justin Brentnall (Commercial Manager) and Richard Burgess-Gamble (Finance Manager and Lecturer) from the Students’ Union to discuss how resource and revenue management theory is put into practice across Students’ Union bars and cafes. The Students’ Union operates five shops, two cafes and a bar across the University’s campuses. Continue reading

Graduate wins Deutscher Hotelnachwuchs-Preis 2018

Astrid clutching her winners certificate with the two runners upCongratulations to International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) graduate Astrid Krauss who has won the Deutscher Hotelnachwuchs-Preis 2018. The annual prize, which is now in its 7th year, recognises exceptional performance in the hospitality industry.

Astrid graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008 and her first role in the industry was as Global Sales Trainee with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Global Office which included time in their five properties in Frankfurt. Astrid worked through the industry and is currently Director of Convention Sales at the Frankfurt Marriot Hotel. Continue reading

We need alternative ways of doing tourism

backpacker in a busy street

Image by Steven Lewis

Tourism needs a radical overhaul to help secure the sustainability of the planet, tourism activists will argue.

Tourism and the impact of climate change, marine pollution, biodiversity loss, food and water security, health wellbeing and equality will be discussed at a seminar organised by the University of Brighton’s Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research and Enterprise Group. Continue reading