Environmental Award winner

Recent university graduate Elliot Batty was one of the joint winners of the university’s Environmental Award for his final year project.

Elliot, who studied for an MEng Civil with Environmental Engineering, along with Hannah Parker, who is based at the Hastings campus and studied a BSc Biology (as part of the university’s Joint Honours Programme), were joint winners of the 2017 Summer Award. Both students received a £200 cash prize, and a certificate which were presented at their respective graduation ceremonies in July.

Now in its third year, the Environmental Award aims to promote sustainability in the curriculum by recognising innovative and inspiring environmental projects that can be put into practice.

For his final year project Elliot ‘led an investigation into the design of large woody debris dams and their effect on channel flow’. This looked at how implementing different large woody debris dams could reduce flooding.

Elliot said: “I chose to study at Brighton as it offered a combination of civil with environmental engineering, so my focus at university has always had this emphasis. This award, therefore, has a particularly special meaning as I have poured four years of my life into creating a career in sustainable engineering.

I have always had particular interests in climate change which drove my final year project on large woody debris dams. The laboratory experiments took one month of constant making and testing of the dams, so to be recognised for this hard work is a great honour!”


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Clearing 2017

Good luck to everyone receiving A-Level results tomorrow!

If your exams have gone differently from the way you expected, or you have had a change of heart about the course you want to do then Clearing can be a great way to start that journey.

Our Clearing hotline will be open on Thursday from 7am
Call us on 01273 644000

Full advice about Clearing can be found on the University of Brighton website:

Get to know us better and visit us at a Clearing information day.
You’ll meet academics from your subject, take a tour of your campus and facilities and get advice about student finance, university life and accommodation.
Find out more about Clearing information days.

A warm welcome at our open day

Sunshine, blue skies, our brilliant ambassadors and friendly staff welcomed visitors to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June.

Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and campus where you will be studying. You’ll also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.

If you are thinking about beginning your studies in 2018 and missed this one, find out more about upcoming events on our website.

Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals

As part of the Engineering for People Design Challenge, our team competed with 35 student teams from around the UK and Ireland to London at the 6th annual Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals.

The team (Thomas Morgan, Samuel Honeker, Stephan Freer  and Harry Sayannos) presented their design solution to a panel of judges from a number of organisations including this year’s Engineering for People Design Challenge partner, EcoSwell, the Engineering Council, the Engineering Professors’ Council, the Institute of Highways Engineers, Anglo American and DfiD.

The finals took place in one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, Siemens’ Crystal in London on the 19th June.

“Having the opportunity to compete in the Engineering for People Design Challenge 2017 was an eye opener for me as to what engineering is capable of. It also showed me how engineering is not only about understanding structures but also being able to understand peoples needs and the environment around us and how what we design impacts these factors”

Stephan Freer, Civil with Environmental Engineering BEng(Hons)

“By participating in the engineering for people design challenge, it enabled me to think about other cultures and what may be socially accepted in their community. There was an array of solutions which were brought to the grand finals, all of which were innovative ideas that would ignite interest. Being able to be in a room full of hardworking and motivated people was an inspiration, particularly for what the future may hold for lesser-developed communities around the world. I would highly recommend students to challenge themselves for this project because being at the grand finals was a fantastic experience which would inspire anyone to help make positive changes in the world.”

Samuel Honeker, Civil Engineering MEng

“As a team we pitched our idea of using biodigesters to address the sanitation issues of Lobitos to two judges. This project opened our eyes to some of the different roles engineers can play in developing countries, and how we can make a real difference to peoples lives.”

Thomas Morgan, Civil with Environmental Engineering BEng(Hons)

ICE – Balfour Beatty Student Innovator of the Year winner 2017

Sarah Teliani is showing the way for women in engineering after winning a national award.

The University of Brighton final year Civil Engineering BEng(Hons) student beat off competition from students around the country to take the ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) – Balfour Beatty Student Innovator of the Year Award 2017.

Her ideas and innovations to help improve the health, safety, environment and sustainability in the construction and engineering industry were considered the best and her reward is a fully-paid three-month summer placement with the Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group.

Sarah Teliani

Sarah, 20, will be integrated in onsite teams to work on real-life major construction projects where she will have the opportunity to make a difference to the way things are normally done.

Her safety ideas included the use of drones, building information modelling and virtual reality to identify potential hazards on live, working sites and utilising offsite manufacturing to reduce overall risk.

Sarah, who plans to continue her studies with a Civil Engineering MSc course, said: “I was really surprised when I won – it’s an honour and I am excited to start my placement with Balfour Beatty.

“I have definitely enjoyed studying at the University of Brighton. The support provided by the university has helped me develop and become more confident in my abilities. The course covers a wide range of subjects from reinforced concrete to hydraulics and sustainable construction and it has provided me with the engineering knowledge and skills required in industry.”

Professor Debra Humphris, University of Brighton Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is an outstanding achievement by Sarah and wonderful news for woman in civil engineering. The whole university is very proud of her.”

Dr Maria Diakoumi, Principal Lecturer and the university’s course leader for civil engineering, said: “This is an amazing achievement by Sarah and I hope her success will inspire many more women to take up engineering.”

For more information on Sarah’s engineering course, go to: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/civil-engineering-beng-hons.aspx

Moulsecoomb Campus Open Day

Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and the campus where you will be studying. You will also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.

If you are thinking of beginning your studies in 2018 come along to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June. Find out more about open days on our website.

Construction Live field trip – Day 5

The final full day of building was a busy one for all of the teams.  The drainage and water utilities groups were able to finish laying and joining all their pipework, with the drainage team also installing a toilet ready to be connected to both the water supply and waste water drainage tomorrow.

Due to the very poor weather forecast, the bricklaying team were unable to build their walls on site as they were using a lime mortar that wouldn’t work well in very wet conditions, therefore they constructed their walls in exactly the same way they would have on site, but in one of the covered work areas instead.  It was disappointing to not be able to build the walls in situ but was still a great experience for the students who did an excellent job.

The carpentry team completed fixing the stud walls, then clad the external walls in plywood sheeting.  Once this was complete the walls were insulated, but again due to the poor weather it was not possible to plasterboard the walls.  The outside walls were clad in featheredge boarding, in two configurations, with a section left ready for the banner to be placed tomorrow.

Both the bricklayers and carpenters also took part in the steel fixing workshop to gain an insight into how reinforcing steel is fixed into concrete structures.

In the evening, we had a talk from Andrew Preece from Roger Bullivant, a foundation engineering company specialising in the design and construction of foundations for all types of buildings and structures in all kinds of ground conditions.  They built the foundation we have been working on all week on site so were able to explain how that was constructed as well as discussing other projects they are involved in.

Tomorrow is the final day of the field trip, all the works will be completed and the teams will have a chance to reflect upon what they have learnt this week and how it will help them in their careers in the future.

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