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Sophie Barber with her painting Phil

A Fine Art degree student from University Centre Hastings at Sussex Coast College has been shortlisted for the Platform Graduate Award 2017.

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Sophie Barber, 21, finished her BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice degree in the summer and was selected to take part in the Platform Graduate Award.

The Platform Graduate Award, which is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East), is an initiative to support emerging graduates with their art practice after they finish university.

This year, 41 graduates were chosen from 16 universities in the South East to compete for the prize of £2,500 and bespoke mentoring from professional artist Jonathan Parsons.

Sophie was selected by the De La Warr Pavilion, one of five partner galleries supporting the initiative, while she was exhibiting her final year project during the college’s annual end of year degree show.

Sophie, who is a painter, likes to work on large canvases and draws inspiration from her encounters with art history and everyday life.

“My passion for painting developed during my degree,” said Sophie. “I like to work with oil paint on large, un-stretched canvas. I paint intuitively, exploring figurative language, without really planning what I’m going to paint. I go to the canvas and explore images from my mind or things that I have absorbed from the everyday.”

Sophie exhibited her work at the De La Warr Pavillion in an exhibition between 16th September and 5th November which included graduates from University of Brighton and fellow Sussex Coast College student Amy Wilson.

After the exhibition, Sophie was then chosen by the De Le Warr to go through to the final stage of the competition. Sophie travelled to the Gas Works in London, where she had to present her work and rationale to a panel of six judges, five from each of the partner galleries and a guest judge, Rosalind Nashashibi, who is a Turner Prize 2017 nominated artist.

“I have recently started renting my own studio space in Hastings, where I have been able to continue my painting. Taking part in Platform has been a wonderful experience and I have learnt a lot from having the chance to exhibit at such an important gallery as the De La Warr Pavilion.”

Sophie will find out if she has won the award when Rosalind Nashashibi will present the award on 9th December at the host gallery, Modern Art Oxford.

Julie from British Airways with Cabin Crew web

Cabin Crew students at Sussex Coast College Hastings were treated to an insightful and inspiring talk from the Senior Cabin Service Manager at British Airways earlier this week.

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On Tuesday (14th November), Julie Brooksbank visited the college to speak about her career in the skies, which has spanned 24 years. Julie spoke about the various destinations she regularly flies to and described some of the procedures on board the different types of aircraft that British Airways operate. She also covered the managerial elements of her position and what requirements there are to be able to progress within a career flying the world.

The students got an overview of working life and what is included in being part of ‘B.A. Beach Fleet’ and benefitted from an exciting insight into the huge variety of A-list celebrities and royalty that Julie has served during her extensive career.

Julie, who is based at London Gatwick Airport, gave a valuable insight into flying both long and short haul routes and what a ‘Day in the life of…’ comprises, including the recent changes to short haul routes whereby food and drink items are no longer provided free of charge, a dramatic change for the longstanding airline.

Julie also gave valuable hints and tips for making an impact at recruitment assessment days that lead to a career in Cabin Crew, as well as some of the challenges that can be experienced on board and how best to tackle these situations.

Students said that the visit was inspiring and encouraging in pursuing a dream career. Josephine Carter commented that it was very informative and an excellent opportunity to learn from someone with so much experience. Paige Rouse simply stated: “Julie was amazing!”

Cabin Crew Lecturer, Adam Holt, said: “Julie’s experience and vast collection of stories was hugely interesting for the students to hear first-hand what a career in the sky entails. Guest speaker visits are invaluable in supporting what is studied in the classroom and provide a realistic overview of the job to help prepare students for employment. Julie’s passion for her job was hugely inspiring with many students now declaring that they intend to fly for British Airways!”

The next destination for the ‘Crew Roster’ is the Emirates Aviation Experience at the end of the month.

Cabin Crew, doors to automatic, cross check and report.

 Arianna Petroli

Each week, students from all over the world visit the college to study and explore Hastings and the South East.

We thought we’d catch up with Arianna Petroli, who was studying with us for 8 weeks, to hear all about her time in Hastings.

“Ciao, I’m Arianna, and I’m 16 years old and I live in Milan.

I have been here for 8 weeks to improve my English and to get a taste of what college is like in the UK.

Sussex Coast College Hastings is really impressive. The building is very nice and big, with modern facilities including a gym and coffee shop.

Hastings is also very beautiful. It is quite different to Milan. In Milan there are lots of really expensive fashion stores, and it is also really busy, as you would expect from a large city. But I really liked how nice Hastings was. It is right next to the sea and seems quite peaceful. I was also really interested in the history of the town, particularly Hastings Castle and the Battle of Hastings.

My lessons at college were really interesting and enjoyable. College in the UK is quite different to school in Italy. I am almost 17 years old, but I’m in my 4th year at school, whereas, in the UK I would be starting college. That means I am used to bigger class sizes and also having to study more than 3 subjects. Students here choose 3 A-Level subjects, but in Italy I am studying 11 subjects.

I really enjoy learning English, so that was my main reason for coming to Hastings. My tutors were really good at helping me improve my grammar and help me to expand my vocabulary. Everybody spoke to me in English which really helped me to be more confident and speak more English myself.

During my free time I was able to visit nearby Brighton and London for day trips to see the sights and do some shopping. I also explored Hastings, used the college gym and took my host family’s dogs for a walk along the seafront.

I would recommend coming here to study English to anyone. I’ve had a great time, and it has been very worthwhile because I have improved my English. I was a little nervous before I came, because I was travelling by myself, but I was also really excited. The college helped me to settle in quickly and made it very enjoyable.

I’m now heading back to Italy to continue with my studies, but I won’t forget my time at Sussex Coast College.”

 Lucy Head Justine Greening Brandon Ellis Ben Hobson Danielle Russell

The Student President and 3 students from Sussex Coast College Hastings were invited to the Department of Education in London earlier this month.

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The students, who study catering and construction courses, met with the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening, for a ‘Question Time’ style panel discussion. The topic included education, career aspirations, and how the government can help young people in Hastings achieve their goals.

The discussion took place in front of 50 other member of the Department of Education so that they can hear about the students’ plans after college, what opportunities there are to progress onto university, what opportunities there are for employment, and what opportunities there are for apprenticeships.

Hastings is ranked as the 13th most deprived town in England according to the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation study, and the Department of Education has been inviting students from deprived areas in the country to give their feedback and opinions about their towns.

Emile Tambeh, leader of Hastings Youth Council, helped to arrange the trip and was joined by students Brandon Ellis, Danielle Russell, Ben Hobson, and Student President, Lucy Head.

The panel of four were sent questions before their visit so that they had time to prepare answers to some of the key things that the Minister was keen to find out about.

In response to a question about the student’s career ambitions, the panel spoke about the lack of perceived jobs and apprenticeship vacancies, but said that jobs and careers fairs were a good way to help promote opportunities.

Tuition fees at university, the proposed increase in interest on student loans, and the scrapping of the NHS bursary were all things that the students said were holding them back from achieving their ambitions.

Better job prospects, making vacancies more visible, and the introduction of the high speed rail from Hastings to London would all help to increase opportunities and aspirations in the eyes of the young people.

Lucy Head, Student President at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “It was such an interesting and enjoyable morning at the Department of Education. It was a great opportunity for us to talk about our futures and get our opinions heard by people who can actually do something about the barriers we face.”

“As the Student President at the college, students talk to me all the time about how we can make the college better, or the rising costs of going to university, or if they stay in Hastings, the lack of opportunities they have, so this was a fantastic chance for me to raise their concerns and get their voices heard.”

“Hopefully Justine Greening and the other MPs will find our points and answers useful and be able act upon some of the issues we’ve raised.”

Station Plaza during Open Evening web

Sussex Coast College Hastings welcomed prospective students to the college last Thursday evening to get a taste of college life.

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Over 1,000 visitors came to the College’s first of three Open Evenings to see what’s on offer at the Station Plaza campus.

The open evenings are a great opportunity for year 11 students to have a look at and try out a number of different subjects, before they make the important decision on where they will be studying after secondary school next September.

The college continued their theme of being ‘fearless’ and encouraged students to get involved with a number of fun, interesting, and challenging activities.

Students were able to immerse themselves in a world of virtual reality in the atrium, and hear about how virtual reality games are designed and programmed.

The Catering and Hospitality team played with the sense of taste and challenged students to eat crunchy critters. The Hair and Beauty department offered manicures, hand massages and victoria style hair-ups.

Students were also able to get up close with snakes and spiders as ‘Jaws and Claws’ visited the personalised learning department.

The Health and Social Care team described methods of communication, tested gross motor skills and challenged students to face the ‘fearless’ box challenge to win a prize.

Biology Students during Open Evening web

On the third floor, the Sport department explored anatomy and physiology by dissecting a heart, the Public Service tutors helped students to unravel a crime scene, and the A-Levels set up a range of mathematical challenges and science experiments.

Clive Cooke, Principal of Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “It was fantastic to see so many people, who had taken the opportunity to come along and see what is on offer at Sussex Coast College Hastings.”

I’m really pleased that our visitors were getting involved with all activities, and asking our tutors lots of great questions about college life and our courses.

We look forward to doing it all again at our Ore Valley open evening on 23rd November when you’ll be able to tour around our realistic working environments, music studio and computing suites.”

 Hastings United Academy Team Photo web

Hastings United under 19s got a taste of what it is like to play at a Premier League ground as they beat Burgess Hill 6-0 at the American Express Stadium in Brighton.

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The two teams were given the opportunity to play their latest league match at the home of Barclays Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion last Wednesday (1st November).

Each season, Premier League clubs are required to test their video and recording equipment, including Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology, so the football club invited the two academy sides to play their match at the Amex. Premier League referee, Lee Probert, took charge of the game, and was able to review two decisions using the VAR.

Hastings United under 19s, who are in partnership with Sussex Coast College Hastings Football academy, continued their fine league form to secure the three points.

A closely contested first half saw United take a slender lead into the break, with Jordan Harley scoring the only goal of the half.

The game came to life in the second half as Hastings United scored 5 goals without reply. Captain Charlie Ball stepped up to convert a spot kick after referee Lee Probert used his video assistant to award United a penalty. Cameron Clarke then scored a brace, before Charlie Curran and Ryan Harffey rounded off the scoring in the final few minutes.

 Jordan Harley in action

Jordan Harley in action (photo taken by: Joe Knight)

Sussex Coast College Hastings Football Academy student Cameron Clark said: “It was such a good experience to play at a Premier league ground, and to be refereed by a top Premier League ref. The pitch was immaculate and it was a great game to play in.”

Ryan Harffey, who also part of the football academy at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “The whole day was great and a fantastic experience for us all. Walking down the tunnel and out on to the pitch was great. Ok we didn’t have 30,000 people there to watch us, but just being able to play there was something we won’t forget in a hurry.”

Hastings United Academy is in partnership with Sussex Coast College Hastings. 13 of the 17 man squad were made up of students studying on the Football Academy programme at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Students studying the football academy qualification at the college will gain a ‘footballing CV’ including a BTEC qualification in sport, first aid techniques, and a Level 1 Football Association coaching qualification. Students can enjoy over 20 hours per week of football training, with 20 matches a season.

Watch the goal highlights here:

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