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1 March 2016

Family first for Wivenhoe House

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Family Art Workshop at Wivenhoe House

Family Art Workshop at Wivenhoe House

Young budding artists flocked to the first Arts Education Outreach family day to be held at Wivenhoe House.

The event was part of the celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of John Constable painting Wivenhoe Park and the theme of the day was landscape.

Members of the University’s vTeam helped run interactive arts activities on several aspects of creating your own masterpiece, exploring composition and artistic licence.

Families were also encouraged to head out into the parkland and take landscape photographs which they could then print off.

All participants were invited to submit entries for the forthcoming Celebrate Landscape open exhibition at Art Exchange, which opens on Friday 25 March.

Everyone interested in art is also invited to sign up for Wivenhoe House’s Constable Challenge on Sunday 12 June which will include a family art day.

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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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24 November 2014

Sarah wins top industry award

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Sarah Bowman with Andy Boer, principal of  the Edge Hotel School

Sarah Bowman with Andy Boer, principal of the Edge Hotel School

Conference and Events Manager at Wivenhoe House, Sarah Bowman, has been presented with an Aspiring Manager Award by the Institute of Hospitality.

Sarah has won a weekend in London and the opportunity to be a mentor for a trainee in the industry.

General Manager Oliver Brown, who nominated her for this prestigious industry award, said: “Sarah has transformed conference and events at the hotel since starting here and I know that, together with her team, she will continue to take it from strength to strength.”

The award was presented at the Institute of Hospitality’s regional dinner held at Wivenhoe House.

Mark Coombes from the hotel was also shortlisted in The Caterer’s Kitchen Porter awards.

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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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22 August 2014

Oliver takes over reins at Wivenhoe House

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Oliver Brown

Oliver Brown

Wivenhoe House hotel on our Colchester Campus has appointed Oliver Brown as the new general manager.

Oliver, who is currently general manager at Flemings in Mayfair, will join the four-star hotel next month.

He said: “What attracted me to Wivenhoe House is that it is not just another hotel manager’s position.  There are so many things that need to work to make it a success.  Not only does the hotel need to be commercially viable, it needs to deliver exceptional training and development, to ensure the undergraduates complete their degrees in Hotel Management.

“I believe that with over 20 years’ experience in first class properties I have the skills and knowledge required to deliver this goal.  My contacts in the industry will also be of considerable benefit to me, to Wivenhoe House and the Edge Hotel School.”

There are about 100 undergraduates currently on the degree course with new students starting next month. While on rotation in the hotel the undergraduates work alongside their professional colleagues in all the departments. Their work in the hotel is supported by a programme of study days led by the Edge Hotel School’s  academic team to enhance their knowledge and performance.

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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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22 November 2013

Could you help bring festive cheer to campus?

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Christmas Tree 300x200

Could you volunteer to bring Christmas cheer?

We are holding a Christmas party for international students staying on campus during the Christmas break. The party will be held at Wivenhoe House on the afternoon of Friday 27 December between 1pm and 3pm.
Traditionally the party has been organised by staff volunteers and is an opportunity for international students to experience some festive hospitality whilst the University is closed for the holidays. We are looking for volunteers again this year and have arranged a meeting for interested staff on Wednesday 4 December at 3pm in room 5A.332. If you would like to volunteer, but can’t make the meeting, please email Hannah Tagg (htagg@essex.ac.uk) for further information. If you cannot help on the day, perhaps you could help organise the party. If you can help, please email us and let us know whether you can help before, on the day or both.

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1 November 2013

Ensuring quality of teaching

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Representatives from 38 universities from around Europe will be coming to our Colchester Campus this month to discuss the quality of teaching and learning in multilingual and multicultural learning spaces.

Gladis Garcia-Soza, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics and representative to the European Languages Council, secured Essex as the location of the event, which will take place from 5-8 November at Wivenhoe House.

The three-year European Commission project  involves 28 countries and the meeting at Essex will give the partners the chance to exchange and share ideas about ensuring the sustainability of quality teaching and learning in this field.

 

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