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The Brighton Effect: Business with gumption

Design graduate Anna Bullus’s company recycles chewing gum waste into a range of new products –everything from frisbees and rulers to trainers and gumboots (naturally). Making products out of waste chewing gum is a brilliant solution to a sticky problem. How does it work? Our Gumdrop bins (above) are the first in the world specifically…

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A summer of travelling and meeting our wonderful alumni

Summer feels a lifetime ago. Students are back in lectures, the first years are settling into their halls and I have finally unpacked my case after a busy summer travelling so thought it was time to reflect on this. My travels kicked off with Graduate Fashion week in June. This was my first time at…

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Alumna Hannah Gibbins designs for Debenhams!

A University of Brighton alumna has designed a fashion collection for retail giant Debenhams. Hannah Gibbins, who graduated in Fashion with Business Studies in 2018, will launch her “pop-up” capsule range HCFG for Autumn/Winter in 12 stores including Brighton’s on Monday 23 September. She was given the opportunity as part of her prize for winning…

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Brighton graduate nominated for £40,000 Turner Prize

University of Brighton graduate Helen Cammock has been announced as one of four artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize. Helen, who graduated with a BA(Hons) in Editorial Photography in 2008, also lectured at the University on the BA(Hons) Photography course. She was nominated for the £40,000 prize for her solo exhibition The Long Note…

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Lilly’s first Chelsea Flower Show garden

An award-winning Brighton graduate has designed her first garden for the Chelsea Flower Show. Lilly Gomm studied architecture at the University of Brighton until 2012 and recently joined Hillier Nurseries which enjoys a record-breaking gold medal run and is the most successful exhibitor in the history of the Show. Hillier is partnering the power tool…

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Alumna and local CEO Carlene Jackson will be speaking at Grow Your Business

Carlene Jackson is CEO of local business Cloud9 Insight which is an award-winning strategic and Gold Certified Microsoft Cloud Partner delivering cloud technology solutions to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). Carlene founded Cloud9 Insight in 2008 after she was inspired by the launch of Microsoft’s Dynamics365 CRM in the cloud. Jackson, who studied at the…

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Brighton graduate in contention for top photography prize

A Brighton graduate’s photography book has made the shortlist for a prestigious prize. Jacob Clayton, who graduated from the University in 2017, has been nominated for the MACK First Book Award. Jacob completed his book, E2-E4, which contains a range of work from photographic studies to recorded performance, as part of his final year BA…

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Brighton graduate hits screens in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year award

A University of Brighton alumna is to star in the prestigious Portrait Artist of the Year competition on Sky television. Sara Lavelle, who graduated with first-class honours from her illustration degree last year, will feature in the episode broadcast on the Sky Arts channel on Tuesday, February 26, 8pm. Judges Kate Bryan, Kathleen Soriano and…

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Snapshot from alumni photographer Simon Fazackarley

Simon tells us in his own words what he’s been up to since graduating and how his degree helped him: “I’m Simon Fazackarley; I studied Multimedia at University of Brighton around 2005. Since leaving University, I set up my own business – I’m a Wedding Photographer. I’ve photographed over 400 weddings, and my work has…

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New year honours for our talented graduates!

We are very proud to say that two University of Brighton graduates were recognised in the New Year’s Honours. Andria Zafirakou, who teaches art and textiles at Alperton Community School in Brent, has been honoured with an MBE for her services to education and young people. Andria, who was awarded a degree in Fashion Textiles…

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