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The University of Brighton present the Hastings Game Jam. It aims to bring together local community, industry and students to inspire creativity and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The venture, based at the Hastings campus, is run in association with the Education Futures Trust and features Paul Oliver – a local games developer from Team Hyperbeam.

The first in what the university hopes will become an annual event, the Hastings Game Jam will help attendees to discover their creativity and enjoy working with each other to devise real computer games.

On the first evening, attendees will be given a crash course on games development, and supported throughout the event by University staff, professionals and volunteers. No previous experience is expected or required. Everyone can contribute and the team that created the best game will win our Golden Gamepad award.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore, collaborate, experiment, learn, innovate, network, create and have fun!

10 students studying computing at the University of Brighton’s Hastings campus are showcasing their work to local businesses before they graduate.

The event is designed to attract potential employers, providing them with opportunities to examine students’ work, ask questions and find out more about the skills students gain on the course

The university’s Digital Games Production and Internet Computing students study subjects including programming and game theory, and use cutting-edge technologies such as Oculus Rift as part of their course.


Oculus Rift.

Many also choose to undertake a paid year in industry, supported by the university. This year, students studying computing at the campus secured both of the highly competitive placements offered nationally by the BBC within the news (interactive content) division.

Jon Mcclellan, Digital Games Production course leader, said “Our students acquire a huge range of skills suited to roles across the wider interactive media industry; for example in web, games design, mobile, interactive television, public displays or perhaps other platforms we can’t yet imagine. This is a great opportunity for employers to discover new talent.”

Topics covered by the student projects include monetisation and internet traffic building techniques, pathfinding in video games, facial motion capture: A design and feasibility study and measuring physiological responses to game design.

Graduates from the digital computing courses at the Hastings campus have gone on to work with international companies including the BBC, NETbuilder, CGI, the International Baccalaureate and Immersive Album.

The event is open to local businesses from 2pm on Wednesday 27 May, and will be held in the Havelock Road building of the Hastings campus.


Business people from across East Sussex gathered at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to learn how innovation, partnership working and good design drives success.

Around 50 people attended the Business Growth by Design event on Tuesday (April 28) organised by the University of Brighton in partnership with business support service Locate East Sussex and sponsored by Marshall Tufflex.


Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex, hosted the seminar and networking event which began with a welcome from Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion, who spoke about how the venue has achieved a sharp increase in commercial profit.

Simon Riley, CEO of MakerClub, told the audience how his start-up business teaches high-end digital skills to young people and that plans are in place to franchise his venture.

James Byford, Research Fellow from the Fusebox24 knowledge exchange project, explained how this experimental new start-up programme used a variety of techniques to support innovators develop their businesses.

The third seminar was from Professor Gillian Youngs, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Digital Economy, who focused on how the digital economy provides new opportunities for innovation.

This was followed by Dr Carlos Peralta, Senior Lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Art, Design and Media, who explained the benefits of collaborations between designers and scientists.

A question and answer session evolved into an interesting discussion about business and innovation, followed by networking with drinks.

Philip Johnson said: “The event was a great success and thanks to the speakers for their thought-provoking presentations which sparked interesting discussions afterwards and gave attendees interesting ideas on ways to grow their business.”

The Institute of Operations Management (in conjunction with CILT) and Brighton Business School offer attendees the opportunity to:

Learn about the Demand Driven Supply Chain Revolution.uni-brighton-logo

Speaker: Simon Eagle, Demand Driven Institute and SmartChain International

On: Thursday 26th February 2015, 6:30pm to 8pm

At: The University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton

The Demand Driven Supply Chain has been talked of many years but most companies still drive their replenishment using a forecast through DRP/MRP, often called ‘forecast push’.

With the advent of new and inexpensive Software as a Service tools, robust implementation of “Demand Driven” is now possible across complex networks (including the extended supply chain). Those that have adopted this way of working have found they are now able to meet their planned service levels with reductions in inventory of 30% to 50% and costs by c20%.  Simon Eagle,  Certified Instructor with the Demand Driven Institute, has deep knowledge of the “whys and hows” of “Demand Driven” and will  describe how all supply chains that plan to hold stock somewhere (and that includes MTO) can benefit – including yours?

Any enquiries please contact Chris Matthews: c.r.matthews@brighton.ac.uk, 01273642135


Is 2015 the time to expand your staffing capacity?  The University Of Brighton can help you with free advertising for your role.uni-brighton-logo

If you’re a small to medium business, we can help you benefit from a grant to help fund a graduate intern. If you’ve got less than 250 employees and have a turnover of less than £50m, we want to hear from you!

Internships can last for at least six weeks with a view to lead on to permanent employment.

Edgcumbe Tea and Coffee Co Ltd based in Arundel, West Sussex recruited a Digital Marketing Assistant: “I just wanted to say a big thank you for your support with regard to the graduate scheme you have in place. It is a huge help for small businesses and has allowed me to focus on some proper marketing training for our intern which I know will prove to be very useful.” (Alice Rendle, Director)

And in Hastings, Chris Cragg of Immersive Album, has taken on not one but five graduates after they successfully completed internships through one of our programmes.

Chris says that the graduates contributed hugely to the success of the company.  “They were without exception, spectacular and grasped a complex business model quickly.”

You can hear more about Chris’ experience here.

For more information about what we’re offering, please visit our website.

If this sounds like something that you’re interested in, please get in touch with Rebecca Duffy, Employment Engagement Officer at the University of Brighton.

You can email r.l.duffy@brighton.ac.uk or call us on 01273 642 873

Final year Business students from the University of Brighton invite you to a Business Seminar where they will showcase their ideas on:

  • What it takes to turn a hobby into a business.
  • How Businesses can identify talent in their existing workforce.
  • Distinguishing personality types.

Best ways to identify your and your employees’ strengths and weaknesses.

Keynote speaker Jane Ollis will discuss the pit-traps and difficulties currently facing small businesses and will share her expertise in making effective use of info, spotting signs of danger and making the most of opportunities for businesses.

This free event will be taking place on Monday 8th December from 5 pm onwards at the University of Brighton, Priory Square Building, Hastings.

You can book your place by emailing Hastings-Exchange@brighton.ac.uk.



The world of Television is rapidly changing and on Thursday 13th November at 6pm there will be a keynote speech from an industry veteran on the future of TV which is being held at the  Priory Square Lecture Theatre.

Is this the future of TV?

The lecture will be given by Donald Clark who has spent a lifetime in technology, games, film and the mobile industry and was the chief executive officer and one of the original founders of the Brighton-based Epic Group PLC, which established itself as the leading company in the UK online learning market.  He now travels the world sharing and evangelizing about the use of technology and learning.

His talk ‘TV is dying’ will explore the ways in which wearable technology works to process information and how it can change the way we view the world. Donald argues fast emerging technologies such as Oculus Rift and Google Glasses will soon force dated, passive media out of the market.

“TV will be squeezed out of the market by online forces and the fast-emerging wearable technologies such as virtual reality head-mounted displays.”

 That’s the view of Donald Clark, who is the first of many keynote speakers of a series of public talks launched by the University of Brighton in Hastings.

Students, staff and the public are invited, however, places are limited and booking is essential

To book please contact  HastingsExchange@brighton.ac.uk



As part of National KTP Week, 3-7 November, the University of Brighton will be running a number of events for businesses that want to find out more about how a government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership can help a company innovate and grow.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a national government scheme established for almost 40 years which provides up to 67% grant unifunding to enable companies to become more innovative and competitive by working in partnership with a university. Because of its longevity, there is plenty of evidence that the KTP scheme works: 2013 figures show that on average, a company undertaking a 2-year project benefits from a £550k increase in net profit and creates 4 new jobs.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a 3-way partnership between a company who needs to access knowledge to grow, a university who has the required knowledge and values the interaction with industry, and a graduate, appointed to lead the strategic project, bringing a fresh perspective and gaining early career experience.

Visitors to the event will hear the first-hand experience of how KTP can benefit your business from Peter Adlington, Managing Director of St Leonards-on-Sea based company Plastipack Limited. Over the years, Plastipack and sister company Plastica have run a series of KTP projects. We will also hear from University of Brighton in Hastings’ Senior Lecturer, Jon Nicholson who is currently working on a project with Eastbourne based software development company Colony101. The KTP team from the University of Brighton will also be available to answer any questions or discuss project ideas.

KTP is a great way of attracting talented graduates to work in your business but it’s not the only way: a representative from the University of Brighton Careers Service will attend the event to talk to you about how you can advertise vacancies, promote your business and work with our students and graduates in other ways.

If you would like to come along to this event then please register at HastingsExchange@brighton.ac.uk

The event is on Tuesday 4th November 4.30pm at the Universities Lecture Theatre, Priory Square Building, University of Brighton
Hasting Campus, Priory Square, Hastings, TN34 1EA

If you can’t make it to the event you Register your interest in KTP on their website.

John Shaw awarded honorary degree in Law for significant contribution to improving the local economy.


Since 2001 John Shaw and his economic development team Sea Change Sussex has delivered a really impressive portfolio of economic development project across the County and particularly in Hastings and Bexhill.

John’s wealth of experience in the field of urban and economic development has resulted in a game changing look for Hastings and attracted over £400 million investment including a dynamic new University of Brighton Campus and securing hundreds of jobs through Saga setting up in the new look Priory Square.

Business space for ambitious local companies was created in the early days through the establishment of the Creative Media Centre in town and the Innovation Centre on Churchfields Industrial Estate both now operating at almost 100% occupancy.

John is highly regarded for his drive and tenacity and his can do approach to making things happen which has developed into a passion to drive Hastings upwards for the benefit of all concerned.

This award is highly deserved and further details of the ceremony can be found here.




The University of Brighton Hastings would like to invite the business community to their Business Enterprise Seminar.

 Business Enterprise Seminar 2013

  •  9 December, 5-9pm, Priory Square Building, University of Brighton in Hastings TN34 1EA
Business enterprise seminar 2013 at brighton university hastings campus

Business enterprise seminar 2013 at University of Brighton’s Hastings campus

This free public Business Enterprise seminar for local business owners and entrepreneurs is part of a series of events to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the University of Brighton presence in Hastings. Speakers include faculty from Brighton Business School and business students studying at Hastings campus.

Come and listen to the latest thinking about how to overcome challenges faced by small businesses locally in the current climate: challenges concerning finance availability and how to develop and grow businesses beyond start-up. Our students need your support as business owners of the future.

Refreshments provided along with opportunities to discuss and network with other local business entrepreneurs. To book your free space(s) for this seminar please email Chris Matthews at C.R.Matthews@brighton.ac.uk, or call 01273 642135. Booking will be open until 8th December 2013.

Speakers include Professor Aidan Berry, Dean of Brighton Business School, Dr George Tsekouras, Principal Research Fellow at CENTRIM, Brighton Business School (founder and Lead academic of the ProfitNet network) and local entrepreneur Sonia Blizzard of Beaming Ltd, part of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Further information can be found here