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

Easter Challenge Camp for local children

Children from Eastbourne and Brighton primary schools attended the University of Brighton’s Easter Challenge Camp from 10-13 April as part of the university’s Compact Plus and widening participation scheme.

Pupils worked with university students and took part in a range of activities such as Tri-Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Kinball, parachute games, and other team-related activities. The Challenge Camp curriculum is based on the University of Brighton’s Football 4 Peace methodology and pedagogical principals. Continue reading

Value of Sports Conference

Katy Richie (left) with Sarah Hogg

On Wednesday 1 March the University of Brighton held its annual Value of Sport Conference at the Eastbourne campus for local college students to highlight the opportunities to pursue sport as a career. The event was organised by Dr Mark Hayes, Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor and Outreach Co-ordinator, Marina Trowell. 

Over 50 students attended the event and they received a welcome from Sarah Hogg, the Director of Sport at Brighton followed by a keynote lecture from University of Brighton Alumni Katy Ritchie. Students then participated in a workshop on personal statements and job applications before a buffet lunch in Sprinters restaurant. Continue reading

Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Retail and Event Management Conference

The School of Sport and Service Management’s annual Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Retail and Event Management Conference took place this month.

The event was attended by pupils currently studying similar subjects at local sixth form colleges, as part of the Compact Plus Progamme, and gave them an opportunity to visit the university’s Eastbourne campus and learn more about higher education. Continue reading

Another successful summer school

University of Brighton’s Sport Summer School saw students from 21 colleges across the country experiencing life as a university student. The free residential school took place in August on the Eastbourne campus.

dsc_6193The annual event offers students an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of lectures and practical activities, enabling them to gain a better understanding of the range of sport courses we offer and help to inform their future choices. University Student Mentors supported the participants throughout the week; leading a range of activities as well as sharing their experiences of getting to university and what student life is really like. Continue reading

MasterChef Goes Global

The University of Brighton aims to introduce young people to higher education, raise aspirations and attainment, and provide information to help them make informed decisions about their future. Throughout the year we hold many events including the popular annual MasterChef which took place in the Culinary Arts Studio on the university’s Eastbourne campus.

This year we increased the number of days on offer from five to seven which enabled us to reach not only local school children, but also older students from a local college, many of whom have never considered attending university. The theme this year was ‘MasterChef Goes Global’. Continue reading

Value of Sport Conference

Last month the University of Brighton held its Value of Sport Conference at the Falmer campus for local college students to highlight how they can pursue a career in the sport industry.

Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) student Verity Cooper reflects on the day:

“I was invited to the conference as a student ambassador. It was great to share my passion for the field of sport, and to share my experiences as a student working towards a career in sport. Continue reading

Travel and Tourism conference

The University of Brighton’s Travel and Tourism Conference took place at the Falmer campus in June. The annual event brings together local Sixth Form College students, University of Brighton students and and key industry figures to explore the opportunities that travel and tourism can bring.

This years speakers included Tim Williamson (Responsible Travel.com), Alex Fry and Matt Morgan (Neilson Holidays), Phil Evans (Eastbourne Borough Council) and Joe Ellis (Virgin Atlantic). Continue reading

Trainee PE teachers introduce pupils to alternative PE

Tchoukball, Kinball, Cheerleading, Street Surfing and Team Building Activities were on the menu for Year 10 secondary school pupils when they visited the School of sport and Service management on 4 February.

The day was organised by PGCE and School Direct PE course leader Dr Gary Stidder. Almost 100 pupils participated in the five activities throughout the day which were planned and presented by trainee PE teachers as part of the university’s Compact Plus Programme which celebrates its tenth birthday this year. Continue reading