1. February 2021

  • Create a verse of poetry from the perspective of an LGBT+ person who couldn’t be stopped by the LGBTphobia they faced. You could write about:

    • Your own experiences or the experiences of a family member

    • Or you could write about an LGBT+ icon that has faced challenges and still they rose.

  • Email it to: dss@varndean.ac.uk

Support at college:

Avril Mackenzie-Parr avm@varndean.ac.uk

Sian Hutchinson shh@varndean.ac.uk

Rainbow Alliance - a confidential virtual space for students to meet, chat, and plan to change the world if you want to - please email avm@vandean.ac.uk

Varndean College Mental Health Champions

This is a team of 10 students passionate about promoting positive mental health and wellbeing at College.

They want to create an online meet up/space for you to share common interests and passions, connect and support each other and make new friends!

Please help them by completing a survey which will help them planning the best online club to meet your needs, interests and preferences!

You can follow Mental Health Champions on instagram @_space2connect_

Societies & Talks

The Group With No Name

Varndean Ethnicity and Identity Discussion Society

Next week’s topic:

Cultural Appropriation

Every Monday 12pm

See Varndean College Calendar to get the Google Meet Code:

Google Classroom Code qebcdgu

Wk 3 E&IdDG


Time To Talk Day 4th February


SPORT at Varndean:

The Lunar Challenge

The aim is for colleges to virtually travel to the moon and collectively reach 238,855 miles by running, walking or cycling by the end of February.

We want as many staff and students to get involved and maintain a positive relationship to physical and mental heath during lockdown.

To join Varndean’s Journey, download the STRAVA app and join the Varndean College Running Club and/or the Varndean College Cycling Club and start recording activity today! (Walking and running must be recorded as a ‘run’ and cycling must be recorded as a ‘ride’)

Any questions please email asa@varndean.ac.uk

Steve Sallis

Thinking of studying Sport Psychology at University? Or thinking of pursuing a career in Psychology?

Check out Steve Sallis' work...he's a former academy player at Brighton and Hove Albion FC but is now one of the most successful Sport Psychologists. He currently works with the English and Scottish FA and has published a book called 'Educating Football'.

Steve has also featured on the Netflix Documentary ' Sunderland 'Til I Die' and it's definitely worth a watch if you want to gain a further insight into Sport Psychology or improve your own mindset and motivations.

Check out his website here...https://www.solutionsmindset.com/https/wwwyoutubecom/watchvyofwp-dxmsu

Steve Sallis Twitter: @stevensallis


Careers appointments can be booked via My Varndean homepage or can be requested by email

Any enquiries email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

UCAS Applicants 2021 Facebook Group!

This group provides students with the opportunity to discuss personal statements, UCAS Track, student finance applications, accommodation options, societies, freshers week & all things University related.

They are all about having fun and getting to know each other before university, so everyone MUST post an introduction message.


Meet the Russell Group universities - Wednesday 10th February 12-7pm

For more information and to register for the event, visit https://russellgroup.vfairs.com/

This online and interactive experience will allow you to explore all 24 Russell Group universities and chat directly to their representatives and ambassadors. You will be able to view information and videos about each university, link directly to Virtual Campus Tours to explore university facilities and accommodation, download prospectuses and take part in 13 live webinars in the virtual auditorium.

Meet the Russell Group is designed to support Year 13, 12 and 11 students, and the parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisors who assist them with their applications. It is completely free of charge. The event will allow Year 13 students to explore and compare universities they may have received offers from in order to decide upon their Firm and Insurance choices. Meet the Russell Group will also support Year 12s as they start to make initial decisions about where they would like to study in 2022, and the courses they may be interested in.

For the first time, we will be offering a live Parent and Teacher Support webinar from 18:05 – 18:30 in the evening, and we have extended the event until 19:00 to give you extra time to receive answers to any questions you have from university representatives, admissions teams and student ambassadors.



Philosophy for Non-Philosophers
The Story of Looking
Making Sense of Neuroscience in the Early Years
War in Europe: 1450 to the Present
Essential Maths Skills for AS/A Level Design and Technology
Black's Medical Dictionary: 43rd Edition


Bloomsbury Collections - We have temporary free trial access to this online resource until 27 February 2021. It is particularly useful for in-depth research for projects relating to humanities and social sciences with full text access to over 11000 ebooks. You can easily download a useful chapter in pdf format. Use your usual college username and password to login.


It's Harry Potter Book Night 2021 this week, so we thought you might like to celebrate by having a movie marathon as well! Explore the wizarding world with our ClickView playlist of all 8 fantasy epics.


Storming of the Capitol: The Inside Story
As America reels from the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters, ITV's Robert Moore talks us through the unprecedented events of that day with never-before-seen footage. (PG)

The End of the Solar System
The story of how our solar system will be transformed by the ageing sun before coming to a spectacular end in about eight billion years. (U)

The Handmaid's Tale: Series 1
Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. (15)

Tsotsi is a teenage gang leader, hardened by his tough life in Johannesburg. After a series of violent gang hits, he hijacks a car only to find a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen. (15)


If you would like some help with research for a project, why not book a one to one session with one of our subject librarians? We can still do these during lockdown either over the phone or online, and can help you choose the best resources for your research. Contact us on issues@varndean.ac.uk to arrange one.


The Library Moodle page is your one-stop portal to all our amazing resources, including ebooks, magazines, TV programmes, films, research databases, helpful resource lists and more - all accessible on all devices.


Follow us on Instagram for our most up-to-date information on new resources and other news: @varndeancollegelibrary

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do all we can to help. Contact us by email on issues@varndean.ac.uk. If you have any items out on loan that are due back soon, please don't worry about them at present - we don't expect you to return your books until it is safe to do so and we will be renewing all student loans to cover the entire college closure period.