Month: May 2016

City College students scoop 5 accolades at Spring Awards

City College Brighton and Hove has been celebrating success in this year’s FE Sussex Spring Awards, with its students scooping 2 winner and 3 runner-up FE Sussex 2016 Awards Dinner at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotelaccolades. In this prestigious ceremony, hosted at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, major players in the training and development world in Sussex and beyond joined together to celebrate the best and brightest achievements in training, development and lifelong learning.

Plumbing student Matthew Quinney, who was named AQA Sussex College Learner of the Year, had previously struggled with his achievement and attendance at College but a dyslexia assessment enabled him to develop new strategies to help him with his English. Despite sustaining a traumatic eye injury shortly before sitting his exam, Matthew was determined to go through with it and went on to achieve a B. His tutor Jane Grealish says: In my 20 plus years of teaching I have never had a who has been on such an emotional journey during the time I was teaching them. It was a pleasure to teach Matthew and support him to pass his English IGCSE and he’s  overcome a number of barriers that could have stopped him from achieving his potential. He showed a great sense of resilience and character and is well on his way to achieving his ambition of becoming a qualified plumber.” 

Ross Jennings, named Sussex Apprentice of the Year, has taken a radical change of direction to become a successful accountancy apprentice at local firm Bainbridge Lewis. Ross’s confidence was at an all-time low and he felt unfulfilled working in his father’s barbers shop while also dealing with a family bereavement. However, Ross used an apprenticeship opportunity to turn his life around and has now established himself as a highly-valued member of staff. His Accountancy tutor at City College, Paul Robbins, says: “Ross is an extremely hard-working and dedicated student and his enthusiasm for the subject and willingness to learn is obvious for all to see. He’s taken the courageous step of changing careers and this is certainly paying off for him as he’s doing exceptionally well, both at college and in the workplace.” Carol Lewis, Director of Bainbridge Lewis, adds: “We’re so proud of Ross for winning this award. It’s been great for our business having apprentices and it is wonderful to know that at the same time we are able to help the apprentices with improving their qualifications.” 

Across Sussex, approximately 68,000 learners are taught in FE colleges each year and of these, just 13 receive a Spring Award and 13 are runners up. The scale of these numbers shows why achieving a Spring Award marks the recipient as a special person, and City College’s runners-up were testament to that.

Katie Bates, runner-up in the City & Guilds Sussex Learner Making the Most Progress award, is a Deaf learner who has successfully made the transition into a mainstream College environment, thrived on her Painting & Decorating course and now mentors other Deaf learners. Charlotte Aldridge, runner-up in the Outstanding Progression to Higher Education award, began a student on the College’s Prince’s Trust Team programme at a very difficult time in her life when her father was terminally ill. On Team, Charlotte realised how much she enjoyed learning new skills, gaining new experiences and building up her confidence in dealing with a variety of different people. She has since progressed onto an Access course at the College and is starting a degree at the University of Bristol in September. Harry Shooman, runner-up in the Pearson BTEC Learner of the Year award, went through the upheaval of moving to Brighton from North Wales in 2013 and showed great adaptability – he became one of the College’s leading footballers, represented Sussex, coached local schoolchildren and is now Assistant Coach at Whitehawk FC Under 18s. Harry is also employed as a Sports Coach at the College and has secured a place on a Sports Coaching & Development degree at the University of Brighton.

City College’s CEO Nick Juba says:“What makes the Spring Awards such an inspiring event is that it showcases perfectly how Further Education transforms lives. We’re incredibly proud of our winners and runners-up, and the fact that they come from such a broad range of departments says so much about the commitment and dedication of all our teaching and support staff.”

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5 Lunches Under a Fiver!

Studying and working in the heart of North Laine, Brighton’s lively, cultural hotspot is one of our favourite things about City College!

These colourful, vibey little Brighton streets have everything you could ask for (and a tonne of stuff you never knew you needed!) from on-point vintage and boutique fashion to independent cafes and restaurants – you’ll never be stuck for something to keep you busy on your lunch breaks.

The problem for me, is I get a bit hangry around lunchtime and with all that choice it can be a little daunting! I’m sure I’m not the only one though, so to help you guys out, I’ve done a little “research” and come up with a top 5 hit list of lunchtime treats that won’t leave you with an angry burning hole in your wallet.

#1 We Love FalafelFalafel in Brighton

I think you’ll probably guess what these guys sell…that’s right, it’s falafel!

I actually don’t know anyone who has tried We Love Falafel and not loved it. They are really yummy and come in different flavours like sweet potato or olive and basil, sometimes you even get a fancy special like cashew & lime with peanut hummus. Basically they are delicious and you get loads for your money, a standard Falafel Salad Wrap is £3.70, they are huge and come with a rainbow of salad, gherkins and homemade hummus. Prepare to go to falafel heaven. #Goals

Location: 37 Sydney Street | Time to Central Campus: 1.5 mins | Cost: £3.70 – £4.95

Vietnamese food in Brighton

#2 Milk No Sugar

If you’re looking for something light and healthy, look no further than this family-run, no-frills Vietnamese Café.

You can get a delicious, fragrant Pho noodle soup for £4.50 or a Vietnamese curry and rice for a fiver. If you haven’t had Pho before, it’s a traditional Vietnamese soup with flat rice noodles, beansprouts and meat or tofu in a clear broth flavoured with lime juice, mint, coriander and chilli – lovely! Pho is perfect for a quick afternoon treat and they do take-out if you’re in a rush, which is also £1 cheaper = win!

Location: 68 Trafalgar Street | Time to Central Campus: 4 mins | Cost: £3.00 – £5.50

City College Cafe#3 Central Campus Refectory

As you probably know, Central Campus has its own café, The Refectory, which is run by the lovely guys from Harrisons Catering. Everything in The Refectory is priced with a student pocket in mind and you can get a really hearty meal for just £3.75!

But… Did you know? If you’re between 16 and 18 and your family receive certain benefits, you can get your lunch from The Refectory for FREE! You’ll need to be eligible and apply with a bursary form from the Student Centre, pop in to speak to Course Advice if you need some help!

There are daily offerings including, the classic full-English, pasta bakes, freshly made sandwiches, burgers and fries, soup, quiche and salad and also weekly themed menus reaching from the four corners of the globe, a recent favourite of ours was a Jamaican themed menu featuring jerk chicken, rice and peas! Don’t miss out – daily menus for The Refectory can be found on Vibe!

Location: Central Campus, 1st floor| Time to Central Campus: 0 mins | Cost: £2.75 – £3.95

The Real Junk Food Project#4 The Real Junk Food Project

Let’s face it, food waste is a big problem, even somewhere as progressive as our little city by the sea! It’s not just what we individually throw away, but the massive quantities of edible food our big supermarkets bin each year. When families are struggling to put food on the table and people are finding it ever harder to make ends meet, it’s easy to see why projects like this are slaying on the food waste scene.

What’s even more fantastic about The Real Junk Food Project is that this quirky little pop-up café feeds the local community on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis by using food that would otherwise have gone to landfill, encouraging diners to think more about the food on their plate. We really love this place, the food is absolutely delicious, it has a charming atmosphere that’s welcoming and friendly and on top of all that it offers an awesome space where everyone is equal, you pay what you can, and if that isn’t much no-one will judge.

If you want your lunch to be delicious and guilt-free pop down to One Church, Gloucester Place on a Friday, the café is open from 1-3pm but it’s VERY popular so expect a queue!

Location: One Church (Fridays only) | Time to Central Campus: 6 mins | Cost: donations in the box

Kitchen Cafe Brighton#5 Kitchen Café

Now, if you’re a bit of a traditionalist, this is the place for you to eat. Kitchen Café serve straight-forward, no messing around British food. Offerings are simple, incredibly reasonably priced and served by people who care a great deal about this little Brighton institution and of course its customers.

Kitchen Café has been going for an impressive 40 years and when you can get a full-English or some tasty homemade pie and mash for under a fiver, we can see why!

Location: 93 Trafalgar Street | Time to Central Campus: 1 min | Cost: £2.50 – £6.00

Rheanna Davidge-Huxley

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Student scoops national award after 25 years away from education

A mature student with no formal education since leaving school at 16 to join the Parachute Regiment, has scooped a national award for achievement on his Access Jamie Allington - Keith Fletcher Memorial Prize 16 webto Health & Health Sciences course at City College Brighton and Hove. Jamie Allington (44), who is now studying Psychology at Durham University, was presented with the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ award in The Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Learner Prize hosted by the LASER awarding body. The annual event, held in memory of Mr Fletcher, who worked tirelessly to promote access to higher education before sadly passing away in 2010, celebrates the achievement of learners and pays tribute to the inspiring journeys undertaken by Access students. This year’s winners were invited to a presentation at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by Nic Dakin MP.

Jamie describes his life experience since leaving school as “twenty-five years of self-learning.” After leaving the army at age 21, this included many years spent travelling and working in the USA, India, SE Asia and Australia as well as teaching yoga in France, Thailand, Bali and Japan. Once he embarked on his course at City College, Jamie excelled and achieved Distinctions in all his graded units while holding down two part-time jobs to fund his studies. His Independent Research Project drew praise from an External Moderator who noted that the standard of Jamie’s writing and discussion was “exceptional” and on par with undergraduate students at Level 5 or even 6.

Jamie’s tutor Lynsay Kobelis says: “Jamie’s work was of a really impressive quality from the outset – well-constructed and supported by detailed and thorough research. In order to consistently reach the standard of work that he did, his level of dedication and time management was outstanding.”

“My prime motivator for returning to education was a desire to settle,” says Jamie. “In my early forties, I felt like I was entering a new phase in my life and wanted a new project – I’d always regretted not going to university at some point earlier but back in the nineties, the options for mature students were limited. I found City College very supportive – they even funded my travel to an open day at Durham – and my tutors always had time to provide help when I needed it.”

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City College hosts Brighton Fringe Children’s Art Exhibition

An exhibition of artwork by local children submitted for the Brighton Fringe Family Brighton Fringe Children's Art - group photo - webDrawing Competition has been officially launched at City College Brighton and
and is currently on display at the main foyer of the College’s Pelham Street Central Campus. The winning artwork by 9-year-old Betty Durrant features on the cover of Brighton Fringe’s family guide.

Brighton Fringe Children's Art - workshop - Emma H & student - webCity College’s Art & Design students and technicians took on the task of setting up the exhibition and the launch also included an art workshop for the children during which students and tutors enabled them to further explore their creative talent.

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