Students Staff

13 February 2015

Industry recognition for hotel school

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The Edge Hotel School has been awarded accreditation by the Institute of Hospitality, having met their benchmark standards.

The accreditation recognises that the School’s degree programmes meet recognised levels and standards of professional, knowledge, skills and understanding and are relevant to the needs of the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Principal Andrew Boer said: “We are delighted to be part of the select band of higher education providers who have gained this prestigious recognition.”

 

 

 

 

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22 December 2014

Students key to festive cheer at Wivenhoe House

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Wiv-house-300x200Careers in hospitality are exciting and fulfilling, but, as the Edge Hotel School undergraduates are discovering, there is a price to pay when the rota means you’re working Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.

The students are at different stages of an intensive degree course in Hotel Management at the University’s Colchester Campus. As their studies are consolidated over two years instead of the standard three and they are an essential part of the professional team that runs the four-star luxury hotel, Wivenhoe House, working over the festive period is part and parcel of their experience.

For Evie Wells, who graduated this year, working at Christmas and New Year was nothing new. “Before I came to the Edge Hotel School I volunteered at our local leisure centre on Christmas Day when we invited elderly people in for a swim and a mince pie. In advance of starting the degree course here I was asked if I would mind working at this time and I was happy to.

“I really enjoyed working in the hotel, everyone seemed happier and jolly and the staff and students shared a Christmas meal, creating a real family spirit.”

Current undergraduate Chris Holdys, pictured second from right, was happy to ‘bite the bullet’ and is working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. “I thought to myself, this is the industry, this is what we have to do. I am looking forward to it, it is a fun time of year and it will be a different experience and buzz around the hotel.”

His colleague James O’Connor is positively relishing the thought of working over Christmas. “I have worked on 25 December before I came to the Edge Hotel School and it is such an amazing time. I am working the early shift so will be able to spend the evening with my friends.

“When you are working at Christmas all the staff are in the same boat, so we’re all like one unit and everyone is so happy.”

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5 December 2014

Behind the scenes at Windsor Castle

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Windsor-CastleSecrets of maintaining a pristine Royal Household were revealed to Edge Hotel School undergraduates who were treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Windsor Castle.

Their day long visit was an unforgettable experience, not only revealing many tricks of the trade but demonstrating some of the varied and exciting careers available in the hospitality industry.

Student George Moison said: “It was an exciting and insightful day, it was great to see how housekeeping differs at the Royal Household from areas in the hotel sector.”

Their visit began with a tour of the public areas where heads of state would meet the Queen, before a memorable visit to the library in the private quarters, including sight of works by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The morning ended in the impressive kitchen, learning about its history and how the team, led by chef Mark Flanagan, caters for state visits.

Housekeeping operations were the focus for the afternoon. The students began in the laundry room, where linen dating back to 1901 is looked after by expert professionals and organisation is key to success.

The housekeeping team at Windsor Castle uses technology to monitor the humidity, temperature and light in each room to ensure the correct cleaning techniques are employed to upkeep furniture to the highest standards. The team uses cleaning brushes made of hog’s hair, horsehair, pony hair and goat’s hair, according to the surface. To fully clean one public room can take up to two days.

The students have also been invited back for work experience.

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9 October 2014

Innovation award for campus hotel

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Oliver Brown with some of the Wivenhoe House team

Oliver Brown with some of the Wivenhoe House team

Wivenhoe House has been recognised for its ground-breaking partnership with The Edge Hotel School at the 2014 Essex Chamber Awards.

The four-star luxury hotel on our Colchester Campus won in the Excellence in Innovation category and now goes through to the national Chamber awards in November, where the winning business will collect £10,000.

Wivenhoe House’s professional staff are supported by undergraduate students working towards degrees in hotel management. They combine an intense programme of academic studies with work across every department of the hotel.

General Manager Oliver Brown said: “This award is testament to the strong relationship between the two partners and the fantastic support we have from the hospitality industry as a whole which is keen to see ‘work ready’ graduates enter this flourishing sector.”

Principal at The Edge Hotel School, Andy Boer said: “By giving our undergraduates the opportunity to work at Wivenhoe House as part of their course we are offering a completely different higher educational experience. Industry employers have consistently told us that the students’ ability to apply their studies in a real commercial environment not only produces excellent knowledge and skills, but also means that our graduates’ CVs tend to be prioritised.”

The next open day for prospective students at The Edge Hotel School is on Saturday 25 October.

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14 July 2014

Edge Hotel School toasts success of first students

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First students at Edge Hotel School

First students at Edge Hotel School

After an intensive two year degree course, the first Edge Hotel School students have completed their BA Hotel Management.

Hotel and hotel school staff and academics joined the first cohort for a celebration drink in Wivenhoe House, the luxurious country house hotel where the Edge Hotel School is based.  Many of them already have jobs to go to and hotels have been holding recruitment events at the School as they are keen to employ the students who have benefitted from an exciting mix of academic and work based learning.

Vice Principal Zoe Pereira said: “We all have very mixed emotions at watching the first students head off. We have been through so much together with the hotel opening and the hotel school growing and developing.  They have been exceptional ambassadors for the course and we look forward to hearing how their careers progress.”

As the hotel school accepts intakes of students three times every year, the second group will finish in September and they will share their graduation ceremony on Friday 24 October.

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10 March 2014

Edge Hotel School transfer completed

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Dr Aulay Mackenzie

Dr Aulay Mackenzie

The planned transfer of the Edge Hotel School from Kaplan Open Learning to Edge Hotel School Limited has been completed.

Edge Hotel School Limited, an independent company with charitable objectives, has University and Edge Foundation representation.

Principal Alan Jenkins has moved to a new role in Kaplan with Dr Aulay Mackenzie taking over in the interim until the new principal is appointed. Applications for this post have been completed with interviews to be held soon.

Dean of Academic Partnerships, Dr Dominic Micklewright, said: “Edge Hotel School is now firmly established as a pioneering way forward for the future managers of the hospitality industry.

“I would like to thank Kaplan for their important role in establishing the School, and look forward to its future development in partnership with the Edge Foundation.”

The hotel school continues to operate as normal, and welcomes Alexsandra Zysk-Lobo, formerly head of housekeeping at Wivenhoe House, who is joining the school as student mentor, Sophie Kinrade who is joining as administrative assistant and Vicki Poole who will be Academic Operations Manager while Angela Crosby is on maternity leave.

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22 October 2013

Project Director appointed

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Dr Aulay Mackenzie


Dr Aulay Mackenzie has been appointed as Project Director to lead the transition to a new provider to deliver the education at the Edge Hotel School, based at Wivenhoe House on the Colchester Campus.

Former Dean of Academic Partnerships at the University, Aulay returns to ensure the smooth transfer of the academic delivery from the current provider, Kaplan, into an independent limited company with charitable objectives.  Edge Hotel School will continue to deliver a two year degree course in Hotel Management with the first students due to graduate next year.

Aulay said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to take forward Edge Hotel School, which offers world-class innovative higher education in the fantastic setting of Wivenhoe House.

“The School will build on the excellent work in the existing partnership arrangement and ensure the offer is further enhanced and developed.”

Aulay worked in senior roles at the University for more than 10 years before becoming Chief Academic Officer at Synergis Global Education in 2011, serving as Managing Director for the last year.

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7 October 2013

Developments at Edge Hotel School

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Wivenhoe House, home of the Edge Hotel School

The Edge Hotel School is based at Wivenhoe House

Changes in Government policy being introduced in August 2014 have prompted changes to the innovative partnership between the University, the Edge Foundation and Kaplan to deliver the Edge Hotel School.

The priority of all the partners is to ensure the School continues to develop as a centre of excellence in work-based degree level education.

The policy changes mean that students on higher education programmes delivered by alternative providers like Kaplan would only have access to a £6,000 per year student loan. As this would leave Kaplan unable to deliver the School’s degree courses on a commercially sustainable basis, Kaplan has decided to withdraw from the Edge Hotel School. Arrangements are now being put in place to develop a new body with charitable status to deliver the Edge Hotel School education, while the University will continue to validate and award the School’s degrees.

A Project Director will be appointed to oversee the transition. The University remains committed to our partnership with Kaplan, including expanding University of Essex Online and exploring other partnership opportunities.

Aside from this change, at Wivenhoe House hotel, Damir Terzic has been appointed the new General Manager. Damir has significant experience in managing boutique hotels as well as working at Edge Hotel School and looks forward to further strengthening the relationship between the Hotel and the School. He replaces Stephen Mannock, who is moving to a new venture in Gloucestershire.

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17 May 2013

Essex shortlists in CUBO awards

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The University has been shortlisted in two categories of the forthcoming ULiving CUBO (College and University Business Officers) Awards.

Peter Church

Peter Church

Director of University of Essex Campus Services Ltd, Peter Church, is one of just four shortlisted for Business Manager of the Year award. The Edge Hotel School, a partnership between the University, the Edge Foundation and the University’s academic partner, Kaplan, is also shortlisted, in the Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience category.

This year’s CUBO Awards will be presented at the CUBO summer conference, to be held in the grounds of Wivenhoe House on the Colchester Campus. The award winners will be announced by Essex snooker legend, Steve Davis.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty, who will be speaking at the dinner, said: “We are delighted to be among the finalists in two categories. In addition, to be chosen as hosts of the summer conference is a tremendous honour and everyone at Wivenhoe House is looking forward to this prestigious event.”

The award ceremony takes place on 3 July.

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25 March 2013

Lionel wins gold prize

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Lionel Lachasseigne

Lionel Lachasseigne, restaurant manager at Wivenhoe House, won an award at the University Catering Organisation’s annual competitions in Blackpool on 20 March. Lionel collected the gold prize in the Food Service category.

Lionel has been with Wivenhoe House since it opened in 2012. Now living in Lexden with his family, he was born and trained in France and was working at a top London restaurant before joining us.  As a very important part of his role, he trains The Edge Hotel School hotel management degree students in restaurant presentation and service. He is also a qualified Sommelier.

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