University of Brighton Alumni Association

Turning fish and chips into a fine art

Two Fine Art Sculpture graduates Bonny and James Ritchie have taken the UK’s favourite takeaway to a new level. In January 2016 they were crowned champions at the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards for their business, Simpsons. Since then, their Cheltenham-based business has boomed as customers have clamoured to try out their award-winning fish…

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Uncovering alopecia

  What does hair loss really mean to people and how does it affect their sense of identity? On 21 June, alumnus Daniel Regan (Editorial Photography BA(Hons) 2006) will present a sensitive and powerful pop-up exhibition in conjunction with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) about alopecia (hair loss). Daniel, who now works as…

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Hugs and high dining

Five years ago, Jack Layer was graduating from his Critical Fine Art Practice course at the University of Brighton. This spring, he kept over five million culinary fans on tenterhooks as he cooked his way to the MasterChef UK finals. From the first round, Jack had the judges impressed with his maverick and mouthwatering dishes,…

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Life as a student telephone fundraiser

Each year, the university runs telephone fundraising campaigns. These form a vital part of our philanthropic efforts to enhance our students’ experience. The Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Department recruits and trains current students to work on these campaigns: this helps them support themselves through their studies, provides them with an insight into how awards and…

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Steven’s design honours The Bard

In commemoration of William Shakespeare’s birthday, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) unveiled an artwork made by Steven Follen 3D Design, Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics BA(Hons) 1992. Steven was commissioned by the RSC to create its largest site-specific artwork to date. The piece, called For all time, formed part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of…

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US correspondent

John Hiscock (Communications and Digital Media BA(Hons) 2006) is the LA-based producer for ITV’s breakfast shows, Good Morning Britain and Lorraine. John has worked in breakfast television ever since he graduated. John shares some of his career insights and explains why there is no such thing as a typical working day … “My involvement with…

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Sweet ambition

You never know what life has in store for you, but you can control how you respond to unexpected curveballs. One alumna who knows all about picking herself up and starting again is alumna Martha Davies (Architecture BA(Hons) 2010). Martha’s career aspirations were on track when she began her architecture degree at the University of…

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Saving lives through invention

Since graduating five years ago with a BSc(Hons) in Professional Design with Professional Experience, Emily Brooke has taken the world of cycling safety by storm. Along the way, she has blazed a successful trail in the business world, picking up numerous awards including the 2014 Natwest everywoman Iris Award sponsored by IBM and the 2015…

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RIP to our funny lady, Louise Rennison

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our sparkling alumnae, award-winning author and comedienne, Louise Rennison on 29 February 2016. We interviewed Louise in 2011 for our alumni magazine, The Brighton Effect, and in tribute, we are again sharing our profile on this very vivacious woman. IT’S A FUNNY OLD BUSINESS If you could…

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