East Sussex College has been awarded Matrix Standard accreditation, the quality standard for providing students with Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG).
The college previously held the accreditation under its former names of Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College but was reviewed following the merger.
Since the two colleges became East Sussex College back in March 2018, the organisation has been working hard to ensure that standards have been maintained and the level of IAG is the same across each of its campuses.
The college celebrated a successful review of its ability to provide current and prospective students with advice about further education, higher education, apprenticeships, and career pathways.
An IAG Assessor spent two days gathering evidence to mark against the Matrix Standard. The process included speaking and interviewing thirty individuals including members of the college’s management team, governors, teaching staff, current students, and one of the college’s employment partners.
The findings of the report showed that the college met the required standards and gave particular praise to the college’s ability to give IAG to potential and enrolled students throughout their learning journey.
The IAG given to students before they join the college is relevant and means that they are able to join a course, at the appropriate level, that is right for them. The guidance they receive while studying is also a core part of their course and enables them to maximise the benefits available.
The report also highlighted that the college understands the importance of giving IAG to help students prepare for sustainable employment and there has been an enhanced investment in making links with employers, universities, schools and other local providers.
The merger between the two colleges has also created the opportunity for managers to share good practice within their specific specialist areas. For example, careers education programmes have been adopted across the East Sussex College Group, and following a successful pilot in Hastings, My Future Starts Here, an external IAG provider, now delivers impartial IAG provision at Eastbourne and Lewes.
The college will hold the Matrix standard for three years. It will complete self-assessments to maintain and improve their IAG standards, before the next accreditation review in 2021.
Students studying the Sports Massage Therapy and Access to HE Health courses at East Sussex College Hastings were given an insight into podiatry and anatomy during a recent trip to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne.
Twenty-four students visited the Therapies at the Leaf centre, which is part of the University of Brighton, to take a closer look at the anatomy of a cadaver, plaster castings and orthotics, and how podiatry and analysing the way people walk, can help to solve crimes.
Specialists took students around the clinic and gave them an interactive session on the anatomy of a body that was donated to the centre for scientific research. They looked at the structural organs, bones, and soft tissue and were able to get hands on and palpate the bodies.
The students were then taught how to plaster and cast the foot and learn about how orthotics are made. Podiatry experts then told the students about the link between podiatry and forensics, and how organisations like the FBI and CSI are able to solve crime cases using gait analysis.
The final part of the day enabled the students to observe and learn from third year university students as they assessed and treated patients with minor foot or lower limb conditions.
Erin Wilson-Smith, Sport Massage Therapy student said: “It was such an interesting day, everything from the morning session with the dissection to the afternoon session where we learnt about the depths of podiatry and the avenues that it could take you. I had no idea that it could lead into forensics.”
Gemma Hayes, Access to Higher Education Health and Health Science student said: “The taster day has given me lots of useful information about university and career options. I am now considering putting an application in to university which I wouldn’t have done if I had not come along to the taster day.”
Zoe Canziani, Sports Massage Therapy student said: “It was very interesting to discover that there is much more to podiatry than just feet. I found the gait talk very interesting and to hear the speaker talk about his experiences while working at the FBI was fascinating.”
The taster day was funded and organised by the University of Brighton’s Compact Plus programme which enabled the students to gain an insight into the degree options available to them after they have finished their courses.
Students, staff, and war veterans gathered in the atrium at East Sussex College Hastings on Friday 9th November for the college’s annual memorial service to mark Armistice Day.
40 Public Services students organised a Remembrance Service and Parade at the Station Plaza campus to remember and honour those who lost their lives in wars and conflicts over the last century.
Hastings War veterans, the Mayor of Hastings, and members from the Royal British Legion were all in attendance to join together to say Thank You to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world.
Students and tutors filled each of the five floor balconies to watch the service. The parade began at 10:30am with a coordinated march from the Level 2 and 3 Public Services students. Guests then heard readings and poems from the college principal and a local priest. Children from the Jigsaw nursery then laid two poppy wreaths before the five standard bearers lowered their flags on the first note of the Last Post.
The bugle player then sounded the last few notes as the bearers began to raise their Standards and on the final note the college observed two minutes of silence.
Jim Sharpe, Principal, East Sussex College Hastings said: “Our Remembrance Service is a special date in the college’s calendar and we were proud to mark this occasion of remembrance with a special service. It was important for us to welcome members from the Royal British Legion, Hastings War Veterans, the Mayor of Hastings, students from Hastings Academy, and young children from Jigsaw nursery to join us in saying thank you to the fallen war heroes, and mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.”