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  1. Tom Savvides

The hotel run and staffed by students. Would you stay?

Would you stay in an hotel run and staffed by students and apprentices? Well such an establishment has just opened in Broadstairs. East Kent College has turned an old building into a luxury hotel where students are trained to cook, serve drinks and even make beds for paying guests. Tom Savvides talks to head chef Ben Williams, catering students Jordan Morris and Daisy Houlan, as well as hotel manager, Andrea Whigham.

Students learn about farm safety

Agricultural students at Abingdon and Witney College will be learning about farm safety today.

It's part of an initiative by the National Farmers Union to try and raise awareness of the risks involved with the industry and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities every year.

They'll be put in real-life situations and have to decide what action to take to prevent accidents happening.

Agricultural students in Abingdon will be taught about farm safety Credit: ITV Meridian

"Young people are such an important target group for this farm safety message as the future of the industry.

"As technology advances within farming, the risk of accidents can actually increase. While the safety of machinery and equipment has improved, the fact that machines can do so much more can make people complacent. It's fantastic to have an outside organisation like the Farm Safety Foundation come in to help us deliver this vital message and for the students to face scenarios they could come across on their own farms when they go home or in their future workplace."

– Pam Willsher, Head of Faculty Land Based Industries & Life Sciences


Battle bus brings the fight to stay in the EU to students - but how many are registered to vote?

The 'Britain Stronger In' battle bus visited Kent today, flying the flag for the campaign for Britain to remain in the EU. Its first stop was on the campus of the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Most polls indicate it's young people and students that are enthusiastic about the need to remain in the European Union. But the same voter samples suggest young people - despite their enthusiasm - will NOT be taking part in the June 23rd Referendum: with many not even registering to vote.

Sarah Saunders reports from the student city of Canterbury.

Don't stress - guide dogs help students unwind

We all know what a remarkable job guide dogs do for blind and visually-impaired people.

But now, a college in Sussex has found a new use for the dogs - helping staff and students reduce their stress and increase their well-being.

And socialising is good training for the dogs too, helping them cope with unfamiliar situations in their working lives.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to students Natasha Duursma and Toby Bett, Marion Williams of Eastbourne & Pevensey Bay Guide Dog Group, and Jo Monnickendam from Sussex Downs College.

Under starter's orders - students go behind the scenes at Brighton Racecourse

Brighton Racecourse has had a colourful history. Once frequented by King George IV and his aristocratic pals, it was later portrayed as the haunt of gangsters and racketeers in Graham Greene's book "Brighton Rock".

Now, a group of students have been behind the scenes to find out what it's really like today.

Malcolm Shaw joined the boys for a day at the races, and interviewed Wayne Hardie of the British Horseracing Authority, Colin Brown, tipster and former jockey, and race commentator Richard Hoiles.

Local students to take part in national protest

Thousands are expected to take part in the demonstration which is thought to be the biggest since 2010. They're campaigning against fees and cuts and calling for free education. Two further days of action have been organised for December.

Students from across the South to protest in London Credit: ITV News Meridian


  1. Christine Alsford

Record numbers apply for university places

A record number of candidates are applying to go to to university this year, seemingly undeterred by fees of up to nine thousand pounds. Overall, figures are up by four per cent - but in the ITV Meridian region there are winners and losers.

Some universities - particularly those offering skills and vocational courses - are proving highly popular. At Surrey applications are up by a staggering 35 percent, Portsmouth is up by 12 percent - and Southampton Solent saw an increase of eight percent.

But the more traditional universities have been hit - Oxford is only up by 1 percent - and Reading says applications are down compared to the same point last year.

ITV Meridian's Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford has been looking at the bigger picture - and finding out if enough is being done to offer teenagers alternatives to taking a degree.

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