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Rentokil Initial will be bringing two interactive pop-ups, ‘Pestaurant’ and ‘Hygiene Angels’ to Sussex Coast College next month.

Rentokil will set up their award-winning Pestaurant on Wednesday 14th June to give students and visitors the chance to try ‘entomophagy’ (the official name for insect eating) at their ‘mini-bug buffet’. Diners will be able to sample a range of edible insects, including buffalo worms, locusts, BBQ bamboo worms, flying termites and even ‘Frankenstein Fudge’.

Hygiene Angels promotes and educates on the importance of proper hand washing. Hygiene Angels was launched in July 2014 in London, setting a new world record for the number of hands and personal items swabbed during the course of an hour. Visitors to this pop-up will be given the chance to have their hands and belongings swabbed at the Initial Washroom Hygiene swabbing zone, to see how clean they really are.

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On the day, both pop-ups will be run from 10am – 2pm and will be located in the atrium of the college.

Dr Peter Barratt, Initial Washroom Hygiene, comments, “Personal items, such as phones, handbags and computers come into regular contact with our hands, and our Hygiene Angels pop-up highlights just how high the risk of cross-contamination is, how easily germs can spread from one surface to another and why we all need to take more responsibility to improve our hand hygiene.”

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Students from Sussex Coast College returned to college earlier this month with newly found skills after completing a four week work experience placement in Spain.

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7 students from the college travelled to Seville in Spain, along with students from Mid-Kent and West Kent colleges, after receiving funding from the European Union.

The successful bid, which secured funding from the Erasmus Plus project, enabled the students to spend 4 weeks in Spain, working in hotels, backpacking hostels, tapas restaurants, and for city tour companies.

The students stayed in apartments, just a short walk from the city centre, and were given their own independence as they had to cook for themselves, clean, and do their own laundry. The students worked 5 hours a day from Wednesday to Sunday, and had a range of activities laid on for them by 3SI, who helped to ensure the students had everything they needed while in Spain.

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Business students, Reef Atkinson and Rhys Hodd, worked at the Oasis Backpacker’s Palace and enjoyed working with and meeting lots of different people.

Rhys said: “We had a really nice variation of shifts, getting a good sense of what the business was all about. We would often work the morning shift to help serve breakfast to the guests, and we’d have the rest of the day free to explore the city.”

Reef said: “The tours that or 3SI had arranged for us were really enjoyable. We were given a history lesson as we cycled around the city; we visited the Guadalquivir Gardens, and went to the Plaza de Espana.”

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Catering students, Emily Carter and Annie Starr, worked in a popular tapas bar called Anojo. The pair helped head chef, Adrian, prepare lots of different tapas dishes, cooked with lots of traditional Spanish ingredients, and served in the restaurant.

Emily said: “Adrian was a great boss. We were well looked after as he helped us to settle in, taught us some Spanish, suggested some top sights to see on our days off, and he even gave us lunch now and again.”

Annie said: “Our apartment was really close to town and it was really easy to get to work. We had a lot of independence and as a group we planned weekly dinners, went to the supermarket together, and all cooked and ate together.”

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Dominique Hooper, Natasha Crosby and Alexa Loft also thoroughly enjoyed their time in Spain, helping them to make new friends and give them more of an idea about what they want to do after college.

Dominique, who studies catering, said: “It has definitely inspired me to travel and carry on in the catering industry. I’d love to work abroad in a restaurant gaining as much experience of different foods and cultures as I can.”

Natasha, who studies business, said: “Seville is such a beautiful city. It has amazing architecture and has such a relaxed feel to it. The whole culture of the city is a lot different to the UK. We would often have lunch at 4pm or 5pm, and sometimes go out for dinner at around 10pm, where they would still be serving food late into the night.”

Alexa, a catering student, said: “The whole experience was amazing and I would definitely do it again if I could. The 7 of us rarely saw each other at college before the trip, but thanks to the four weeks, we came back to college having made some really great friends.”

The college secured €409,000 from the Erasmus Plus project to enable 8 groups of students to travel to Spain over the next two years. The college has also recently submitted another successful bid to secure €750,000, which will fund a further 12 trips.

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Last month, GCSE English students had the opportunity to see their studies come to life as they enjoyed a theatre production of ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

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Ginificent, a travelling theatre company, came to the college on Wednesday 26th April to deliver an exciting and dynamic production of the 19th Century Gothic classic.

The hour long performance, which featured a hand-made set and props, provided students with an alternative revision style, ahead of the up and coming GCSE exams in June.

After the production, students had the chance to ask the actors about the performance to get an insight into Victorian literature, helping them with their studies.

Louise Johnston, Curriculum Area Manager for GCSE said: “It was a fabulous afternoon and Ginificent were magnificent. The students were gripped from the beginning and the performance laid out the story of misadventure and murder true to the original text.”

The interactive elements enabled the students to become part of the production giving them more than just a show; it gave valuable context and understanding to the text through a method like no other. It really was Gothic literature at its best.”

Check out more pictures from the performance on our Facebook page.

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Last Friday (5th May) Amber Rudd came to visit International students at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

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The Hastings and Rye prospective Parliamentary Candidate was invited to the college by the ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) students as a thank you for welcoming them to the Houses of Parliament earlier this year.

Amber Rudd spoke to 60 students, all from different nationalities, and told them about her role as the local MP and Home Secretary, and discussed topics including British Values, Democracy, Individual Liberty, Rule of Law, and Respect and Tolerance, which is part of their current studies.

The students dressed in traditional clothing to welcome Amber to the college and were able to have a question and answer session towards the end of the afternoon.

Otto Haas, School of English Manager, said: “We’re all delighted that Amber was able to take us up on our invitation to come and visit us at college. The students really enjoyed their visit to the Houses of Parliament and wanted to invite Amber to the college to thank her for looking after them while they were there.”

Amber Rudd said: "I was very pleased to visit Sussex Coast College to speak to ESOL students about our democracy and values. Their enthusiasm for learning more about our communities was fantastic to see and I wish them the very best for their future studies."

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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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