Each week, students from all over the world visit the college to study and explore Hastings and the South East.
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So we thought we’d take a little time out to chat to some of the students.
Francesco is studying on our International A-Level programme, during his 10 month study placement.
“Hi, I’m Francesco and I’m from Ferrara in Northern Italy. I’m 17 years old and I am about half way through my college studies in Italy.
I’m in Hastings for 10 months, studying A-Level Maths, Further Maths and Physics. I was really interested in coming to England, and particularly Hastings, to study in a British college so that I can get a taste for studying abroad, experience a new town and culture, as well as improving my English.
I was really excited to arrange my study year and chose Hastings because it has lots of history and it is a beautiful and traditional seaside town. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to explore the town, visiting the old town, the cliff railway and the St. Clements Caves. I’ve also been able to visit Brighton and London, which are only an hour or so away on the train.
I started at the college in September and I was really impressed with the college when I arrived. It is a lovely new, modern building, with great resources inside and really friendly people. I settled into college life really quickly and really enjoy the subjects I am studying. I chose maths, further maths and physics because these are the subjects I am studying back in Italy, and hopefully they will help me to pass my exam when I return home. My tutors are really nice and made me feel really welcome. They are always willing to help me and always getting me involved in class discussions.
My host family is lovely. They have also made me feel really welcome in England. Zoe, my host mother, is always very kind to me. Steve, my host father is very funny and always makes me laugh; and they are both excellent cooks. Once I return to Italy, I will complete my studies and take my final exams. After that I hope to go onto a top University in Italy.”
Two inspiring young volunteers have been chosen as joint winners of this month's Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.
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Huda Caglayan and George Palmer, both aged 17, have been involved in numerous youth events, including planning and organising the first ever Hastings Pride last year. They also helped with two events for mental health and White Ribbon, which aims to educate and raise awareness of violence against women.
The pair also organised the Hastings Youth awards, which attracted more than 400 people, and helped launch the Hastings Youth Grant in December.
The teenagers, who attend Sussex Coast College Hastings, were nominated for the award by Emile Tambeh, Community Cohesion and Support Officer at Hastings Borough Council, who said: “Both individuals work so hard and give up their free time to volunteer and have attended a number of events. They deserve to receive this award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their local community.”
The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.
The award is normally presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way, but in this instance the two students were put forward together. The award recognises sporting or academic achievements, or goes to someone who has performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.
Ashley Chapman, Marketing and Communications Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Huda and George work hard for the town on important issues which affect not only our young people, but also the wider community. They were instrumental in organising the first Hastings Pride and have helped with numerous other important events.”
As part of their award, Huda and George will receive a complimentary meal for two and £100 is being donated to the Hastings Pride fund.
A brand new art exhibition has opened on Hastings Pier and features work from Art and Design students at Sussex Coast College Hastings.
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The Fragments from the Sea exhibition will take visitors on a journey of the sea giving the artists perceptions of what it is like to live in a seaside town.
Over 50 year 1 Level 3 Art and Design students have been working on their own sea themed project at college and will see their work join the exhibition for two weeks. Their work includes pieces of art created using a range materials and processes, from drawing, painting, textiles, pin-hole photography, small metals, ceramics, and print.
The exhibition is free and opened on Tuesday 21st February inside the memories room. It is open daily from 10am-5pm and will run until Friday 3rd March.
On Wednesday (8th Feb), 28 A-Level students spent the day in London visiting the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament.
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Students from the Government and Politics and Law A-Level courses were able to have a behind the scenes look at the building and rooms where some of the most important and significant decisions about our country are made.
The students got to visit the court where the recent Article 50 case took place, went to the Palace of Westminster for a guided tour, including the House of Commons Gallery, and the Strangers Gallery at the House of Lords.
While they were at the Houses of Parliament, they were treated to a live debate about Brexit and witnessed Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, in full swing.
The students then took part in a round of political ‘speed dating’ with a number of MPs and parliamentary officials. The students had a few minutes to ask each MP about their jobs and any other topical political questions they had time for.
The day was rounded off with an address and Q and A session from Home Secretary, and local MP for Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd.
Yesterday (Wednesday 8th Feb), 130 Year 10 students, from schools across Sussex, visited the college to take part in the third ‘Women in Maths’ event.
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Women in Maths has become an annual date in the diary, and we’re delighted to host the event once again this year; welcoming students from as far as Crawley and Bognor Regis to the college.
Letty Gallagher, who organises the event, is passionate about encouraging girls to get into maths. She told us that the South East seems to lack enthusiasm for maths, with very few girls leaving school to go on and study maths at A-Level.
To help champion the subject further, Letty had invited a number of guest speakers to help inspire the group. Dr Katie Steckles, previous winner of the ‘Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement’, was able to give them an insight into her time in education and working life; Alex Bellos, a writer for The Guardian, shared his experiences of maths and writing for a national newspaper; and Rob Eastaway, spoke about his experience as an author and publishing books including ‘How Long Is A Piece of String’, ‘Maths On The Go’ and ‘The Hidden Mathematics of Sport’.
The whole day was a great success, with some fun maths puzzles and equations to solve, and great networking opportunities with fellow students.
The development of the new University Centre in Hastings is underway and is on course to open in September 2017.
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The University Centre is being developed by Sussex Coast College Hastings (SCCH), with support from the University of Brighton (UoB), and will welcome in new students this coming September.
The college took the opportunity to grow its existing Higher Education courses with the creation of a new University Centre, after the University of Brighton decided to close its Hastings campus.
Plans are in place to expand the Station Plaza campus to create a dedicated space on the top floor, for the University Centre, which will offer an exceptional Higher Education student experience.
The UoB will validate and award degrees, while SCCH will be able to draw on almost three decades of experience to make this new model sustainable and successful.
David Fowler, Head of Higher Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said “This is a very exciting time for SCCH and Hastings. There is a great opportunity for us to grow HE courses to meet local needs, and we are fully committed to making it even more successful than our offer already is.”
“Once the decision was made by UoB to close its Hastings campus, we knew how important it was to ensure Higher Education remained in the town.”
SCCH has worked hard to ensure that the local community continues to have access to Higher Education courses and with the help of key stakeholders and the wider community, will be able to offer the right mix of provision that supports economic development for the town.
David Fowler continued: “For the first time we will be offering 6 full BA (Hons) courses and 3 BSc top-up courses, which is an indication of our ambition. Students will be taught by fully-qualified teachers, who have a wealth of experience in their particular industries. Smaller class sizes will also mean that students will benefit from more contact time and guidance from their tutor.”
“We have always had students at the heart of what we do, and believe that our focus on work related Higher Education, in conjunction with our highly skilled academic practices, prepares our students to achieve fantastic grades and go on to gain lifelong success, locally, nationally and internationally.”
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Left: David Fowler, Head of Higher Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings
Top to bottom: Photography - work by Lorelle Bryony // Fine Art – work exhibited during Fine Art graduate show 2016 // Graphic Design – work by Oliver Brown // Designer Maker – work by Martha Tanner