World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raises £270

Helena and Andreia who are in their final year of their hospitality degree

School of Sport and Service Management students and staff raised over £270 for Macmillan Cancer Research last week.

International Hospitality Management students prepared a range of cakes and cookies for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning held in the Eastbourne campus Hillbrow building and also a full lunch for regular guests in the Culinary Arts Studio.

Thanks go to Helena and Andreia (pictured) Luke, Chris and Imo for their support in raising this magnificent sum of money for such a worthwhile cause.

A target for us to beat next year!

Working with Rick Stein

After graduating with first class honours from our Internationality Hospitality Management BA(Hons) Felicity Hayes headed to Cornwall to work for Rick Stein:

“After living by the sea in Eastbourne for university, I decided that the coast was where I wanted to be.

“I currently work for Rick Stein down in Cornwall in his luxury deli, selling local cheeses, meats and other products to hungry tourists and patriotic locals (who are quick to tell you off if you put cream on a scone before the jam!).  Continue reading

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

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.

Visit to hospitality students on placement

First year hospitality students were taken by the course leader to visit two students on their placement year.

Imogen (left) and Danni

Imogen and Danni are currently working at South Lodge Hotel – a five star luxury country house in Sussex – and were happy to show the students around.

The students were taken on a tour of the hotel and grounds and told about Imogen and Danni’s roles during their placement and how they feel they are benefitting and developing.

Imogen has a front-of-house placement in reception and guest services. She highlighted the importance of meeting and exceeding the expectations of their guests and how vital communication is to the whole guest Continue reading

275 million pints of beer…

275 million pints of beer, 31 million breakfasts and 52 million coffees sold in one year in all the Wetherspoon outlets in England!

These are just some of the fascinating facts that we found out when James Ullman, Head of Retail Audit, came to speak with hospitality students.

James is one of our International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) graduates and returns annually to meet with current students Continue reading

Hospitality Students make the most of Mentoring Opportunities

The University of Brighton is working with The Springboard Charity to link undergraduate International Hospitality Management students with mentors.

The Hospitality Undergraduate Mentoring Scheme was established in 2009 and offers the opportunity for students to be supported with the expertise and experience that members of the industry possess. Students are mentored for three years and have access to professionals from various areas of the hospitality industry to broaden their career aspirations and provide support, encouragement and ideas during their studies and beyond. Continue reading