Blaise Geoghegan tells us how his passion for chemistry has taken him from undergraduate studies to PhD research.
I began the BSc Chemistry course in 2012. I took a biology-themed route through the modules with F-block chemistry added in later on.
I chose chemistry because I was always good at it, beginning at school. Understanding the interactions and behaviours of the molecules that make up the world we live in somehow seemed rewarding. I think what is so attractive about chemistry is that one day you can be learning about magnetic anisotropy and the interaction between electrons and nuclei then the next day you are learning how the LCD (liquid crystal display) devices work. Both important, both chemistry but both so vastly different in both scale and application.
In my final year I met Dr. Gass to discuss his final year project title “single-molecule magnets”. I was immediately engulfed by Dr. Gass’ enthusiasm and passion for his field of work, which I shared an interest in. Within two months I was obtaining crystal structures and using Hamiltonians to calculate the fermion exchange in our metal-radical systems – quite immersive! I was hooked by Christmas and knew Dr. Gass had some funding for a PhD in a similar area of research. I interviewed in early March and by the Easter break was told I had been selected for the studentship award. Read More →
Final year students from across our Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, and Chemistry courses took a trip to the beach this week to collect grab samples of bathing water from seven sites between Brighton Palace Pier and Brighton Marina.
The trip was part of a water and health module and was to look at how water quality varies.
The samples were taken back to our Category 2 microbiology lab for analyses which involved the students filtering the samples for different groups of faecal indicator bacteria originating from different source such as wild birds, dogs and humans.
The concentration of these microorganisms gives us an indication of the likely level of risk to water users. The students will collect additional samples and to analyse over the next two weeks so they can see how water quality changes from week to week as well as from site to site.
The university’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science (PABS) has received a Silver Award from Advance HE’s highly-regarded SWAN Charter, which promotes gender equality in the representation, progression and success of staff and students in Higher Education.
The Silver Award was granted in recognition of actions implemented to advance careers of women in science over the past few years.
The School of Applied Social Science, meanwhile, won a Bronze Award for their first submission which was the result of concerted effort from across the school. The schools join the university’s School of Environment and Technology(SET) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School in holding an Athena SWAN prize. The awards are valid for four years.
Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group and is the university’s Gender Equality Champion.
She said: “I am delighted that two more of our schools have secured Athena SWAN recognition. In order to receive the award, schools need to provide evidence through robust self-analysis of how they engage, support and develop staff and students and devise an action plan to help them work towards their goals of gender equality.
“These awards are an endorsement of our commitment to equality in our working practices across our broad subject portfolio. We continue to enhance our policies and practices to promote a culture of equality of opportunity and aspiration among our staff and our current and future students.”
The University of Brighton has held an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2013 and in 2016 it became one of only a handful of higher education institutions nationally to achieve an institutional award under the new expanded charter which now includes disciplines beyond STEMM.
The new awards will be presented at a ceremony to be in Southampton. Meanwhile, the university is committed to all schools achieving a Bronze Awards by 2020.
It consists of a dual-screen display that generates real-time digital ‘lifeforms’ from interactions and local data. The design evolves as the data shifts, with the ‘lifeforms’ changing shape and movement. Read More →
We caught up with Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences student Hayder, who has just returned to university following a placement year at local pharmaceutics company Custom Pharmaceutics. We chatted to him about life as a student at Brighton, his placement experience and what his plans are for this year and beyond.
Many universities offered chemistry however when it came to a more specific course such as pharmaceutical sciences the options became more limited. When I first visited the university, it left a good impression on me with it being so career focused I had to choose it. As well as the city being so vibrant and pleasant to live in. Read More →
Good luck to everyone receiving exam results this week!
If you’ve had a change of heart about what you want do next, or your exams have gone differently from what you expected, Clearing is an opportunity to assess your options and explore the possibilities.
If you need help navigating your way through the Clearing process, check out our handy guide. Or call us on 01273 644000, we can help.
You can also book on to our Clearing visit day at Moulsecoomb campus, where you’ll be studying, onWednesday 18 and Saturday 22 August. It’s a chance to look around and consider your next step. There’s a welcome talk and introduction, tour of the campus, advice about accommodation and student support and you will meet some of our academic staff in a Q&A.
Everyone who is looking to study with us in 2018 is welcome to attend. Course availability does change quickly in Clearing so if you’re not holding an offer get in touch first to confirm there is space on the course you are interested in before making travel arrangements.
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 →
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.