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Building work to develop the new University Centre Hastings at Sussex Coast College is underway and on track to be completed in time for September.

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Plans for the fifth floor at the Station Plaza campus have been unveiled showing the details of additional teaching spaces and recreational and leisure areas for current and new Higher Education students to enjoy later this year.

The 1,380 metre square space will be transformed into lecture rooms, study areas, two art studios, common rooms, and a Student Union. These facilities will be added to the existing Learning Resource Centre, Subway, and college canteen, to provide students with an exceptional university experience.

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So far, the contractors have installed the electrics and flooring, and the college has ordered all the furniture, teaching equipment, and computers. The second phase of construction is due to start in mid-May.

Sussex Coast College Hastings has invested £100,000 into the development of the new space, and has recently secured a further £100,000 grant from the Higher Education Funding Council’s Catalyst Fund.

The bid for the Catalyst Fund has been supported by University of Brighton, and in line with its on-going commitment to support the development of the new University Centre, the University of Brighton has also provided additional loan funding to ensure that the building work can be completed by September.

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Dan Shelley, Vice Principal at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said “This is a fantastic time for the college and the town as we look to grow our Higher Education offering. The flooring for the new University Centre is already down and the space is starting to take shape for September enrolment.”

“We’re working with the Hastings & Rother Taskforce to ensure the University Centre offers courses that meet the local economic need. Our Higher Education offer will have a strong vocational element ensuring that students benefit from strong, local work experience opportunities that develop their employability and support the businesses they work with too.”

“Our courses are available to study full and part time, with much of the provision also available to study as a Higher Apprenticeship. If anybody is interested please contact the college and we are more than happy to talk about available options.”

Professor Chris Pole, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton said: “We are delighted to support the new University Centre which will provide continuing access to Higher Education in Hastings on a sustainable basis. The funding we have helped to secure will ensure that the University Centre is up and running for the start of the new academic year in September. We will continue to support our colleagues at Sussex Coast College with the validation of their growing programme of Higher Education course provision.”

For the first time the college will be offering 6 full BA (Hons) degrees, 3 BSc top-up degrees and a range of HNC and HND level courses in Business, Engineering, Computing, Health and Social Care, Beauty, and Teacher Training.

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The NatWest Boost Bus was in Hastings earlier this week to offer the budding entrepreneurs support and guidance about starting and running a small business.

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After the success of the 2016 tour, the bus was on the road again in 2017 and stopped out Sussex Coast College Hastings Station Plaza campus on Wednesday 26th April. Members of the public and students were able to climb on board and ask business experts for advice and top tips on starting and running a business.

Advice and guidance was free and impartial and Sussex Coast College student, Rhys Hodd was really impressed with what he found out.

Rhys, a 2nd year Business student said: “It was a really informative and useful way to spend the morning. In class, we learn a lot of theory about managing and starting a business, but the experts gave us a really good insight into what is like to run a business in reality.

I have always thought about starting my own business and will definitely take on board the advice we were given this morning; making sure I’ve got a good network of people around me to support my business idea, test the market before committing to my business plan, and making sure that I start something that I am passionate about.”

The Let’s Do Business Group were able to work with NatWest to bring the bus to Hastings, celebrating entrepreneurial communities across the town and local area, helping to connect and inspire individuals to turn their business ideas into reality.

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The Great British Barber Bash crew put on a spectacular show at Sussex Coast College last week as they gave students and guests a barbering master class.

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The live show, last Tuesday evening (25th April) featured three of the country’s top barbers, demonstrating some of the latest hair style trends.

The atrium at Sussex Coast College provided the perfect setting, welcoming local barbering professionals and budding barbers of the future along for the 3 hour spectacle.

GBBB organiser, Gary Spencer, hosted the evening, while barbers, Atilla, Greg and Simon demonstrated a whole range of cutting techniques, including how to fade, cross graduate and double sponge. They also gave running commentary to the audience as they produced a range of diverse styles, on six different models.

Chris Stevens, Head of Barbering at Sussex Coast College said: “It was a fantastic evening and it was really great to see top class work coming to Hastings. It gives local barbers and hairdressers the opportunity to see such a high level of work up close, without having to travel too far.”

“It was fantastic for the students to be able to ask professional barbers about problems they encounter when cutting hair, and the barbers were equally impressed with our students knowledge and level of barbering.”

“We hope to welcome the team back to Sussex Coast very soon.”

The Great British Barber Bash team regularly tour up and down the country, and will be hosting shows in Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool and Amsterdam later this year.

Check out some of the action from Tuesday evening:

So we’re a third of the way through 2017. Christmas seems like a distance memory. School and college exams period is looming.

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So, to give you something to look forward to, we take a look at some of the must-visit-festivals happening in the UK this summer.


Despite the trek from Sussex to Somerset, Glastonbury is one of the world’s biggest music festivals, showcasing some of the world’s best artists. This year, Glastonbury will not disappoint – a massive variety of musicians, with headline acts including, alternative greats Radiohead, rock gods Foo Fighters performing on the infamous Pyramid Stage, and current pop sensation Ed Sheeran who’s 2017 album ‘÷’ broke records by selling 432,000 copies in the first 3 days. Legends The Jacksons and Chic are also booked for this year, proving that there is always something for everyone.


Continuing to go from strength to strength each year, Wireless is fast becoming one of the nation’s favourite festivals. Set to attract massive audiences to Finsbury Park once again this year, R&B and Hip-Hop superstars dominate the line-up. Chance the Rapper, Skepta, The Weeknd and Nas will all headline over the weekend, and with tickets at £60 a day, they’re expected to be snapped up very quickly.


Lovebox promises to offer two days of quality entertainment with weekend tickets at £125 - a bit of a steal really! Headline acts include Frank Ocean, who’s 2016 album ‘Blonde’ was widely received as one of the best albums of the year, Solange, younger sister of Queen B, and up and coming artist Rag’n’Bone Man, all taking to the main stage at the festival. A wide selection of artists and entertainment ensure that yet again, Lovebox will entice audiences from all over.


New to the UK for this summer, Afropunk will fly across the pond after its success in the US. Described as the ‘most multicultural festival in the USA’, Afropunk will aim to enlighten the younger generation with a unique new festival. Over the weekend there will be a varied selection of music from the raw tunes of singer-songwriter Lianne la Havas to the sensational Thundercat, topped off with elements of soul, hip-hop and grime with JME, Willow Smith and Corrine Bailey Rae. £90 for two days of ‘full Afropunk festival experience’ makes it a must attend this summer.


V Festival attracts some of the biggest names in music to its weekend festival, which is run simultaneously in Staffordshire and Essex, each year. This year is no different, with Pink and Jay-z headlining Saturday and Sunday night. Arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time, Jay-Z is expected to attract a huge crowd and put on an unforgettable show. The mid-August weekend is usually kind with weather and has something for all the family, including a dedicated stage for comedy, with some of the best comedians performing, such as Joe Lycett and runner up of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Joel Dommett, ready to make audiences laugh.


If you’d like to stay local, then we’ve found a few extra that might take your fancy…


Now in its third year, Wildlife Festival, just outside of Brighton is fast becoming one of the most popular on the South Coast. Set up and run by the rudimental gang and dance duo Disclosure, Wildlife festival attracts a whole host of top artists to the sunny (we hope) South Coast. This year the festival will be headlined by Fatboy Slim, Jess Gylnne, Dizzie Rascal and Stormzy, each offers something different and a wide range of music bringing in a variety of music fans. With a weekend ticket at the price of £115 and tickets for individual days also available at £65 you are guaranteed to get your money’s worth at this fantastic festival.


A brand new festival will take over the newly crowned ‘Pier of the Year’ in Hastings this summer. Zooquariam will feature over 30 of the best musicians that the South East has to offer as the festival rocks Hastings Pier in July. The festival, mainly aimed at young people, is being headlined by NME’s ‘2016 Best New Artist’ Rat Boy, who’s high energy show should not to be missed. The festival also offers a chance for local bands and musicians to reach a wider audience. The charismatic Blair and will play his revamps of timeless classics, and Dr Savage will provide a taste of Mardi Gras. Tickets are £15, so grab one quickly so you don’t miss a day of magnificent music, delicious food and drink, and of course, sun!


One Love Festival, rounds off festival season, and this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Arguably the biggest Reggae and Ska festival in the country, One Love attracts people from far and wide to its family friendly festival. The festival this year is being headlined by Reggae legends Derrick Morgan, U Roy and Horace Andy as well as a long list of artists that will provide three days of great music. The festival is also famous for its delicious authentic cuisine from all around the world. Tickets are predicted to sell rapidly with early bird tickets for the whole weekend priced at only £110.

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Another group of students from Saengthang Vitthaya School in Thailand recently completed their English language courses at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

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24 students from the school in Hat Yai, Thailand, travelled over 6,000 miles to study in Hastings, learning English and getting creative in the art and design studios.

During their 4 week stay, the students were given 15 hours of English tuition a week, and then able to enjoy 6 hours of Art and Design, trying their hand at jewellery making, painting and ceramics.

While they were here, the students also arranged trips to London and Brighton, and explored Hastings with their host families, giving them a good opportunity to practice their English.

This is the fourth group of students from Saengthang Vitthaya School to visit and study at Sussex Coast College. Another two groups of students will visit the South East of England over the coming years as the relationship between the two organisations begins to flourish.

Jeremy Oughton, Head of International Business Development at Sussex Coast College said: “Students from Seangthang Vitthaya school have been visiting Sussex Coast College Hastings for 3 years and always get involved within the community, whether it is joining in with sporting activities or going along to local festivals. It gives the students plenty of time and opportunity to practice their English and build their confidence, and experience the culture and lifestyle of the UK.”

Sussex Coast College offers a wide range of English courses and exam preparation courses for students from all over the world; including General English, IELTS Preparation, Cambridge examination courses and an International Foundation Year (IFY). All courses run throughout the year with flexible start dates and times.



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Supported Education students at Sussex Coast College Hastings helped raise awareness of International Earth Day last week, by demonstrating ways that we can take better care of the planet.

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The atrium at Station Plaza was an environmentally friendly zone last Thursday 20th April, as students aimed to inspire action for environmental protection using recycled and reclaimed materials to produce artwork and animations, hand-made gifts, grow plants, and create a huge visual centre piece.

Students created a ‘river’ collage using fabrics, drift wood, and plastic that they found washed up on the beach, and used it to explain to fellow students, staff and visitors about the negative impact that waste can have on the environment.

The students encouraged people to make personal pledges, hanging them on a wishing tree, to make small changes in their daily life and care for the planet. There was also a display of the department’s new ‘Ridan’ composter, which students will begin to use later this year to collect food waste from the college catering department and kitchens to produce their own compost.

Members from local organisations, Energise Sussex Coast and Transition Town Hastings also came along to talk to people about fuel poverty and renewable energy, and advise people on how they can help to create a more connected, healthier and self-sufficient community.

Roz Katz, Lecturer in Supported Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “As a centre of education I feel that it is our responsibility to raise awareness about the environmental issues that affect us all.

This is the second time we’ve held an International Earth Day because it is a great opportunity for Supported Education to learn more about the environmental issues we face, and they can show off their amazing talents to the wider college.”

The Supported Education programme provides a positive learning environment for those who have learning difficulties, disabilities or who may benefit from having the reassurance of belonging to a supportive programme; giving them skills in independent living, employability, personal and social development. Supported Education has Autism Accreditation status from the National Autistic Society.

Check out some more pictures from International Earth Day on our Facebook page.


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