Graduation ceremony experience for events student

International Event Management BA(Hons) student, Bronwyn Fetteroll, is gaining behind the scenes insight into the University of Brighton summer graduation ceremonies.

Bronwyn, who has just completed the first year of her course, has joined the university’s events team for three weeks to help organise and run the four day event which takes place at the end of July.

Bronwyn’s placement came about after she chatted to the Events Manager when her course went on a field trip to the Brighton Centre where the ceremonies are taking place. Although the role has many administration tasks it is highlighting the ins and outs of planning such a large scale event and will prove invaluable in the future with her ambitions to work in corporate events.

Bronwyn said: “I have enjoyed learning everything on my course so far and have also passed everything. This placement is providing me with a great experience.”

We look forward to welcoming Bronwyn back at graduation in a couple of years’ time when she collects her own degree.

Selling award for hospitality placement student

International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) student, Lan Jin, has received an award for being Hilton Hotels second highest regional up-seller.

Lan spent her placement at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London near the Tower of London working in their front desk department. She joined the International Hospitality management course following a year at the University of Brighton International College. Continue reading

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

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

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.

Fieldtrip to Batemans

Students from the International Tourism Management BA(Hons) went on a fieldtrip to Bateman’s to learn about the impacts of tourism on an historical house.

Bateman’s is a Jacobean house and was the home of world famous author and poet, Rudyard Kipling. The 17th century house is set in the stunning landscape of the Sussex Weald and is now owned by the National Trust. Continue reading

Students help launch new book

Three School of Sport and Service Management students are helping author, Nathan Gokhool, launch his first book.

Natalie Welsh (Retail Management BA), Jack Stewart (Sport Journalism BA) and Alara Baser (International Event Management BA) are all in the final year of their course. For the Public Relations module, under the Bright Young Things initiative, they were matched with Nathan to work together on this strategic project.

Their strategy included creating a social media account to promote the book and attending events aimed at specific audiences. The events included Dyspraxic Me so they could engage the dyspraxic community and small business events at HSBC where they spoke to the general public. Continue reading

Lads @ L’Oréal

Cameron (left) and Josh (right)

On Monday 27th February, Josh and Cameron, two second year retail students, visited L’Oréal head office in London for an insight day where they had the opportunity to speak to some of the interns taking part in their business placement scheme.

The pair were invited along to the ‘bring a friend to work’ style event by Katie, another retail student who is currently taking part in a Visual Merchandising placement within L’Oréal’s luxury Lancôme brand. Her job is to design and implement VM briefs at Lancôme’s many concessions, and regularly visits those in Selfridges and Harrods, as well as other beauty retailers and department stores in central London. Continue reading