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

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!

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

Guest lecturer for travel and hospitality students

Daniel Neilson, a freelance travel writer and book editor specialising in travel, has been teaching tourism and hospitality students this term as a guest lecturer.

Daniel has edited more than 25 guidebooks for Time Out, written several books including the recent Wild Pub Walks for CAMRA and edited national magazines such as The Great Outdoors.

He also contributes to magazines and newspapers including National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust and The Guardian, and also is a regular speaker at the Adventure Travel Trade Association and with National Geographic Traveller.

Daniel was able to bring his real-life experience to the course and has even got students to contribute to real time projects. Currently he is online and special projects editor of adventure journal Sidetracked and works with tourist boards to produce content. Continue reading

Best ever WSET results

School of Sport and Service Management hospitality students who took the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level One awards got the best results our students have achieved for many years.

The award was led by Helen Evans from Enjoy Discovering Wine and took place on the Eastbourne campus. Students across all levels of the Hospitality courses took part and studied and sampled a range of wines all day! Continue reading

Field trip for hospitality students

First year International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) students experienced two contrasting areas of the hospitality industry on a recent field trip.

First stop was to Brighton where they met up with hospitality graduate Dave Berry who is the Halls Manager at the university’s Varley Park halls. Dave manages the day to day running of the site which has over 500 student rooms in addition to restaurants, social areas and South Coast Conferences venues. Continue reading

Success in the Passion for Hospitality Competition

Three International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) students travelled to London for the Institute of Hospitality‘s Passion for Hospitality Competition.

Ina, Irina and Caroline competed in the HOTS Business Game competition to run a virtual resort hotel. Despite some challenges along the way and some difficult strategic business decision making they beat off fierce competition from other universities to take third place! Continue reading