Alumni in the spotlight – Amna Al-Failakawi

Civil with Environmental Engineering BEng(Hons) graduate, Amna Al-Failakawi, was congratulated by the His Royal Highness, the Prince of Kuwait for her role in the Shaikh Jaber Al-Sabah causeway as he officially opened the bridge this month. At 48.1km long it is one of the longest bridges in the world and connects the middle of Kuwait to the north of Kuwait via two links.

“I landed my first job and was lucky enough to be appointed one of the engineers in the Shaikh Jaber Al- Sabah causeway. Last Wednesday was our opening ceremony and it was hosted by His Royal Highness the Prince of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. His Royal Highness congratulated me on my part of the project,” Amna tell us.

Here she tells us a little more about her time at Brighton.

How and why did you choose to work in Civil Engineering?

My mother encouraged me to pursue a degree in civil engineering, she thought that I would excel in it.

What made you chose Civil Engineering at Brighton?

My uncle is a Brighton University Alumni, he got is PhD in arts, he motivated me to apply to University of Brighton because he had good experience and good memories there which motivated me to apply. I also did some research about Brighton city, and I found that it was a multicultural city which I preferred

What are your favourite memories from your time at The University of Brighton?

Gathering in the library with my classmates and studying there. We would help each other with understanding a certain subject or would give each other ideas with a project some of us would be working on. We also would talk about what we would do with our lives after graduation.

 What made Brighton special to you?

The people there and my memories that I have there.

Do you have a favourite place in Brighton?

Brighton pier and the lanes are my favourite places in Brighton.

What aspect of your job do you most enjoy?

Watching how everything develops and how the new techniques and machineries are used to produce something that is so big and huge. Also by working with Hyundai construction, it helped me learn about different people and cultures with their ideas and ideologies which I enjoyed very much.

What advice would you give to an up-and-coming Civil Engineering student of today?

Never hesitate to ask questions, or ask for help. Motivation is the key to everything. And always believe in yourself.

CIAT SE Region Annual General Meeting

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) Region 10 (South East Region), had their AGM (Annual General Meeting) at University of Brighton on Friday 15 March 2019. 2nd and 3rd year Architectural Technology (AT) students were invited to attend, observe and investigate how they can contribute to their main professional accreditation body.

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Kier project visits

Students on our construction and building courses have been enjoying fortnightly visits to the Kier Project, part of the University’s Big Build ambitious project on the Moulsecoomb campus, watching the progress of the multi-storey car park from the beginning.

It is particularly interesting to note Kier’s attitude to sustainability by viewing their water butt, recycling and composting facilities and even a bird feeding station placed adjacent to the site compound!

 

Working on Brighton’s iconic arches

 

Final Year students on Building Surveying BSc(Hons) are working with Brighton and Hove City Council to deliver ideas to restore the iconic Madeira Parade Arches and to assess the suitability of their use for commercial restoration.
BHCC have crowd funded £450,000 for the refurbishment of 3 of the arches which includes preserving the oldest and longest green wall in Europe.

 

Green Growth Platform hits new heights

More than 300 jobs have been created and 70 new products launched with support from a University of Brighton green business organisation.

The figures were released as the University’s Green Growth Platform received a progress report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Platform’s original funder.

HEFCE said the Platform had “met or exceeded” all of its objectives, set out when it was launched in 2014.

Zoë Osmond, Director of Green Growth Platform, said: “We are delighted to have successfully delivered on all of the targets agreed with our original funder over the first five years of the Green Growth Platform.

“Since launch in 2014 we have seen over 1,000 green-focused companies join our network, with more than a quarter of these taking up our intensive innovation, business support or skills services.”

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Constructing a golden career

A Brighton graduate has won a gold medal for his construction management and leadership.

Matt Crookes triumphed in the secondary education category at the Construction Manager of the Year awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), considered the world’s largest professional body.

Matt, who graduated from the University of Brighton in 2002 with a BSc(Hons) in Project Management for Construction, said his time in the city was invaluable.

“Brighton is vibrant and creative town and a great place to learn. I very much enjoyed my time there. With my degree I was able to secure a position with a leading construction firm and have remained there ever since, progressing to the role of Project Manager.

“The course was the perfect introduction to the industry and without doubt set me on the right path for a rewarding career.”

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