Young people with an interest in science and engineering can learn how to turn their passion into a career at a science fair in Brighton tomorrow (11 July).
Big Bang @ Brighton will take place at the University of Brighton and organisers are promising “an exciting, colourful and noisy event” aimed at encouraging more students to pursue further studies and potential careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Organised by STEM Sussex, the University of Brighton’s STEM outreach department, the event is funded by the Sussex Learning Network’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a four-year programme aimed at encouraging more young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, into higher education.
Big Bang @ Brighton will feature a range of hands-on activities, workshops and shows provided by many local companies, universities and colleges and other organisations, highlighting the STEM-related opportunities available to young people in the area. Read More →
A pioneering scheme to reverse diabetes by allowing people to monitor their own metabolism rates was among the healthcare initiatives discussed at the University of Brighton’s Healthy Futures event.
Dr Wendy MacFarlane, Head of the Diabetes Research Group at the University, presented a talk about how Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS) – worn on a patient’s abdomen – can be used to build personal profiles based on an individual’s blood glucose levels and their metabolism.
The scheme, entitled GlycoTrain, will be of particular relevance to people at risk of Type 2 diabetes or those who want to lose weight. GlycoTrain can help reverse the effects of diabetes and allow users to build a personalised diet and fitness plan.
Dr MacFarlane and her team at the University will ask patients to document their eating and exercise patterns, moods and sleep habits in a diary. Staff can then use these details to create a specific programme for each person and advise them on what areas to prioritise in the effort towardsimproved health and better management of their condition.
Dr MacFarlane said: “It’s about giving people control over their metabolism. We’re working with people at a very high risk of Type 2 diabetes or who are trying to get their weight under control.
“With kids who drink a lot of fizzy pop, for example, their blood glucose levels soar – and once they can see that, they understand. The Continuous Glucose Monitoring System helps people understand their own metabolism.” Read More →
More than 200 experts from all over the UK and Europe are coming to see what research and enterprise in the field of health is taking place at the University of Brighton – on the day the NHS celebrates its 70thbirthday.
The Healthy Futures Showcase will be at the University of Brighton’s Huxley Building in Moulsecoomb on July 5.
Professor Matteo Santin, the University’s Professor of Tissue Regeneration and Academic Lead for the Healthy Futures, said: “There will representatives from local and European companies Brighton and Hove City Council and the NHS attending, and what better day to hold the event – the day the NHS celebrates 70 years.”
Professor Santin said the University’s research and enterprise activities in the field of health “reflect the vibrant and multi-faceted character of the city that provides a unique environment to study and project issues of global relevance.”
Previous Bsc (Hons) Biological Sciences graduate Mr Oliver Kitt and staff from PaBS have recently published a study into the microbial activity of a modified calixerene polymer bound to a silicone substrate in the presence of pathogens associated with catheter infections. The study showed that the calixerene polymer is the active part of the coating and that biofilm formation was dramatically reduced.
Oliver, a former Biological Sciences student at UoB graduated in 2011, then returned to the university as a research assistant working alongside Dr Anna Guildford, Mr Chris Morris and Dr Ian Cooper.
Oliver says “Working on this project after my degree was a great learning experience, both about laboratory work and some of the business aspects surrounding it. Working in the lab was a fun and fulfilling time and I enjoyed every moment.”
The paper, titled “The effect of urinary Foley catheter substrate material on the antimicrobial potential of calixerene-based molecules” and published in Journal of Applied Microbiology, can be read here
The University of Brighton Academies Trust in partnership with the University of Brighton is offering paid internships in four Sussex secondary schools for 4-weeks this summer. This opportunity could help you gain valuable experience teaching maths or physics if you are considering teaching as a career.
As an intern you will be paid £300 a week and you can apply for this opportunity if you are in the penultimate year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject undergraduate degree.
Activities may include working with experienced teachers on planning, shadowing and lesson observations; helping plan and deliver lessons; running projects and master classes for pupils and providing small group support for pupils.
The internship offers:
• Hands on experience in a school for 4-weeks from mid-June to mid-July 2018
• The opportunity to earn while you learn. You will be paid £300 a week
• Full support from a dedicated mentor and support from subject teacher in your school
• The chance to experience mathematics or physics teaching before you commit to it as a career.
Research at the University of Brighton has demonstrated how specially-designed biochips can be used to replace whole pancreas transplantation and support the tests of new drugs for diabetes – bringing hope to millions of people with diabetes around the world.
To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.
Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. The varied and diverse career journeys illustrate the huge range of talent that we welcome at the University of Brighton.
Dr Dawn Scott has been working with the BBC, Natural Trust and RSPB on a research project investigating how predators (badgers and foxes) use different rural landscapes and how landscape management, such as habitats, fencing and landscape features and composition can affect their movement and habitat use.
Scientists previously thought Rudolph’s red nose was due to an excess of blood in the vessels supplying the reindeer’s nasal passages, caused by the exertion of pulling a heavy load – Santa’s sleigh and his sacks of gifts.