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Level 4 Beauty Therapy students at Sussex Coast College Hastings raised over £900 for Breast Cancer Now during a fundraising event last month.

The students had to create and promote an event for part of their course, and after discovering that one of their tutors had been diagnosed with breast cancer, the group immediately decided on a fundraising event for the cancer charity.

The event was held in the atrium at the college on Tuesday 8th May, and offered cream teas, pink cupcakes, sweets, and a range of beauty treatments including mini manicures and Indian head massages. The students also acquired a number of prizes, including a range of hair and beauty treatments at Plaza Salon, to give away in a raffle.

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The students raised a total of £903, £165 was raised externally and £738 on the day.

Mia Goddard, Beauty Therapy course leader, said: “What a fantastic achievement to raise almost £1,000 for such an amazing and worthy charity. The level 4 beauty students worked exceptionally hard to make the event a success, and the end result was a reflection of their hard work and team effort to raise essential funds and awareness for breast cancer.”

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A second year art student at the University Centre Hastings recently won two awards at the international design competition, Pewter Live, thanks to her innovative technique.

Estelle Burton, who studies on the BA (Hons) Designer Maker course, won the Open Student Category, followed by the Best in Show for her ‘Lost To The Sea’ pieces at Pewter Live on Thursday 24th May.

Estelle was inspired by the sea and created four vessels that required her to bond the pewter directly with the glass, something that hadn’t successfully been done before. Each piece was unique and displayed collectively on a burnt plank from the old Hastings pier.

“The pieces are a celebration of the sea and my coastal home in Rye,” said Estelle. “Inspired by this ever-changing environment, specifically the physical impact of the waves, each one is completely unique.”

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Estelle came out on top in a very competitive Open Student category that featured students from De Montfort University, Buckinghamshire New University, and Truro College, as well as beating a number of established artists to win the Best in Show category.

Estelle said: “I was delighted to have won the Student Open Category and the overall Best in Show at Pewter Live. To have been recognised at this level as a student is a real honour.”

“My sculptural vessels demonstrate an evolution of a functional form and are the result of six months design and testing to combine these two materials. Persistence finally paid off and allowed me to develop a technique which has never been achieved before. With the support of the Pewterers Guild I hope to develop this further and apply it to much larger scale objects as well as more wearable sculptural pieces."

Estelle travelled to Pewters Guild in London, with fellow students Fern Beal, Mary Khan, and Rachel Barnard, who also took part in the competition.

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HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO, was the guest of honour and presented Estelle with her certificates and prizes at the award ceremony.

Ashley Heminway, Designer Maker subject leader, said: “The entries were of particularly high quality this year and we were against students from top universities all over the country. Our students produced unique designs and hand finished them to a very high quality. I am very proud of all of our students that entered and would like to congratulate Estelle on her winning entry.”

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Degree students at the University Centre Hastings will once again be showcasing their creative talents during the Art and Design Degree show.

This year’s exhibition will be held in the University space on the fifth floor at the Station Plaza campus, and will launch with an opening night on Friday 15th June.

It will be the first time that the show is held on the fifth floor, following the development to create the University Centre last September.

The show will feature the work of 50 talented artists, designers, and makers, two of which are post-graduate bound, after securing their place at the prestigious Royal College of Art.

Oscar Yasamee and Godith Hawkins will be moving to London in September to start their Master’s degrees in Painting and Photography.

Ashley Heminway, Higher Education Subject Leader, said: “The Art and Design degree show can be a fantastic platform to launch aspiring artists into their careers."

“The show has always been an exciting finale to the degree course, and this year will be no different, producing some phenomenal work from our 6 BA (Hons) degree courses. We can expect to see some beautiful hand-made jewellery, a range of magnificent paintings, graphic design concepts, breath-taking photographs, short animations, and illustrations.”

“It is great to see all the hard work and dedication that has gone into the last three years, come together for what is sure to be another fantastic four day exhibition.”

The exhibition is open on Friday 15th June from 6pm-9pm, Saturday 16th June from 10am-2pm, and Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th June from 10am-5pm.


We apologise in advance if you hate football, but as the 2018 FIFA World Cup is just two weeks away, we thought we’d have a World Cup themed top 5.

It seems like World Cup fever is starting to grip the office (even more so now the football season has finished) and the majority of people are kind of excited about it – even Karen and Gemma are slightly optimistic about England’s chances in Russia.

So that’s why we thought we’d give our (non) expert opinions about the teams we’ll be supporting at this summer’s tournament.

Dan’s pick - England


“Surely there is no way that the other teams at the world cup will be able to stop England, especially with Heskey and Owen upfront.”

But then we reminded Dan that Heskey and Owen played at the 2002 World Cup and retired from International football some 10-15 years ago. However, we can’t help but get behind our home nation during international tournaments. On paper you would fancy them to make it out of Group G which contains Belgium, Tunisia, and World Cup debutants, Panama.

If the senior team can perform as well as our youth teams have done recently, then England could be in for a good World Cup… Probably just jinxed them.

Dan’s prediction - Winners


Gemma’s pick – Iceland

“I’m all about the underdog and cheering on the small nations! Also, didn’t Iceland beat England during the last tournament?”

Yes, thanks for reminding us Gem. Certainly one of the best results in Iceland’s footballing history, but can the nation with a population of no more than 340,000, perform again in Russia? Iceland has been drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria, so it may be tricky to progress. But just like Panama, Iceland will be making their world cup debut, so whatever happens, it will be a tournament to remember.

Gemma’s prediction – Round of 16


Ash’s pick - Egypt

“There is only one reason to follow Egypt this summer – the Egyptian God, Mohammed Salah.”

A bad shoulder injury in the Champions League final has slightly over shadowed a record-breaking goal haul for Liverpool in the Premier League this season. However, Salah will be doing everything he can to ensure he is fit for the World Cup. Egypt’s Group A opponents, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, and the hosts, Russia, will surely be sweating over his fitness.

Champions of Africa a record 7 times, Egypt will be looking to make an impact at this World Cup, especially after missing the last two. They have every chance of making it out of the group, and could be a very entertaining to watch, as long as their main Giza is fit and on form. (that was really bad).

Ash’s prediction - Quarter Final


Justin’s pick - Portugal


“You simply cannot ignore a team that has the best player in the world in it.”

Justin is firmly team-Ronaldo, rather than team-Messi, and you can see why after another impressive goal scoring season and ANOTHER Champions League medal with Real Madrid. Ronaldo only needs to score one goal at the tournament to equal the record, set by Brazilian Pele, and Germans Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler, of scoring at four World Cups.

Portugal will expect to progress from Group B, which contains Iran, Morocco, and rivals Spain, and will have their sights set on becoming the fourth team in history to win back-to-back European Championship and World Cup, after their success in France in 2016.

Justin’s prediction – Finalists


Karen’s pick – South Korea


“Just a complete pick at random, but I’m supporting South Korea. I know they’ve been to pretty much every World Cup since I can remember, and their emblem on their badge is a tiger, and I love cats.”

Exactly right, South Korea has the best World Cup pedigree of any Asian nation and will be competing at their 9th consecutive World Cup. Drawn alongside current World Champions, Germany, Mexico, and Sweden, the Taegeuk Warriors will have their work cut out if they want to progress to the knockout stages. But as we saw at the last two World Cups, the defending champions (Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010) were both knocked out during the group stages, so anything could happen!

Karen’s prediction – Round of 16

Godith Hawkins and Oscar Yasamee

Two BA (Hons) Fine Art students from University Centre Hastings have been offered places at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.

Oscar Yasamee and Godith Hawkins were thrilled to accept their places at the college in March and are now looking forward to starting their postgraduate degrees in September.

The Fine Art students, who are currently preparing for the private view of the final year art show on 15th June at University Centre Hastings, will be moving to London to begin MAs in Painting and Photography.

“I was delighted when I received my offer,” said Godith. “I knew that if I wanted to do a Master’s degree that I would only want go to the Royal College of Art.”

Oscar and Godith travelled to London for their interview’s, Oscar said: “It was a daunting prospect going up to London for the interview and to be honest, I felt as though it didn’t go very well. So, I had kind of settled on the idea of re-applying and going the next year, but when I received the offer I was really pleased.”

The application process required Oscar and Godith to submit personal statements and examples of their work, before being invited to interviews where they had 20 minutes to talk about their work and make their cases as to why they should be offered a place.

Godith said: “My three years studying at UCH have been great and the contact time with tutors has been instrumental, without it; I wouldn’t have been so well prepared for the interview. I don’t think any other large university would have been able to help me in the way that this one has."

Oscar said: “Even things like having regular access to the facilities, which you don’t get anywhere else, meant that I have been able to explore the things that I enjoy. All of this has helped to prepare me for my masters.”

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David Fowler, Higher Education Manager at University Centre Hastings, said: “The Royal College of Art is possibly the most famous post-graduate art and design college in the world. Approximately only 40 places are given out per course worldwide each year, making it one of the hardest institutions to get into. To have one student gain a place would have been fantastic, but to have two is phenomenal. Oscar and Godith should be really proud of their achievements, and this news should serve as a real inspiration for other students studying with us. It shows just how far the University Centre has come in such a short space of time since opening in September 2017.”

Each MA course is run for two years and costs £9,500 per year. Oscar and Godith have set up a crowdfunding page to try and help towards tuition costs and materials. If you would like to donate and buy some of their work you can do so here:

Damian Hinds visit

Damian Hinds visited Sussex Coast College in Hastings to learn about the mental health support services available through the Opportunity Area programme.

Young people and parents are set to benefit from extended mental health services in Hastings, backed by a £600,000 annual investment from the government’s Opportunity Area programme.

The funding will develop the advice and support services available for young people in Hastings to improve their emotional wellbeing at home, school or further education, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced during a visit to Sussex Coast College in Hastings yesterday (17 May) to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Hastings is one of 12 Opportunity Areas identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’ which are receiving a share of £72million to raise aspirations and opportunities for the young people who live there.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "Young people in Hastings have told us mental health is one of their big concerns, and we know that it can have a real impact on their lives – that’s why the Opportunity Area programme is spending over £600,000 a year to improve training for school staff, increase access to local services and strengthen family relationships to boost wellbeing at home.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s important to hear first-hand from the people running these important projects in Hastings and from the young people who benefit. The more we can improve the support that is in place for them, the more likely it is that they will grow up feeling confident and positive about their future."

The mental health investment includes:

  • £100,000 per year to expand Hastings’ award-winning i-Rock service to five days a week from three as of September 2018. i-Rock offers a drop-in service for young people aged 14 to 25-years-old providing them with advice on emotional and mental wellbeing, employment, education and housing;
  • Around £250,000 per year to develop an emotional wellbeing service for schoolchildren aged nine to 14 that will offer training and expert clinical advice to clusters of schools, as well as supporting groups or individual children who are suffering from anxiety, depression, anger issues or those that are at risk of self-harm or eating disorders;
  • More than £250,000 per year to expand support for parents and carers in Hastings, including ‘Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme’, which aims to encourage parents to seek support where they need it and offers practical strategies to help foster healthy family relationships, preventing problems developing at home; and
  • Working with schools and colleges to identify the best approaches being used to supporting their students’ mental health and resilience, to share locally for the maximum benefit.

Chief Executive of Triple P UK, Matt Buttery, said:"The Secretary of State is absolutely right to prioritise social mobility, and Opportunity Areas have real potential to transform life chances for children and young people. Triple P is an evidence-based parenting programme that delivers real and long-lasting benefits for children and families, and is a vital part of the jigsaw.

Triple P is working with a number of partners in the Hastings Opportunity Area to help families build healthy relationships and prevent problems developing, including in mental health. We look forward to continuing our work and expanding our offer so that all young people in the area, and indeed across the country, can achieve their full potential."

Confirming the funding during Mental Health Awareness Week, the Education Secretary was joined by Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye and met with young people who have benefitted from the i-Rock project, as well as school and college leaders and members of the Hastings Opportunity Area independent board to discuss the programme’s wider work.

The programme has been developed in partnership with local organisations and the additional funding builds on existing investment from Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group and East Sussex County Council.

Hastings Opportunity Area will focus on four strands of work: improving literacy, raising attainment in maths, broadening young people’s horizons and preparing them for the work, and improving mental health and resilience.

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