Building Surveying Field Course

The final year Building Surveying students have spent 3 days learning about listed building surveys with Dr Duncan Phillips of Listed Building Surveys

They spent one day in the classroom learning about heritage and conservation  and then one day at a grade II* listed farmhouse in Kent carrying out a survey as if they had been appointed by the client.

In the field they were supported by a large number of consultants including a ‘rot’ sniffing dog who gave their time voluntarily to assist the students in developing skills in this real life experience.

The third day was spent learning about Professional Report writing.



An insight into studying Civil Engineering

Final year MEng student Scarlett, talks about her experience of life as a Civil Engineering student at Brighton.

I visited Brighton on my 18th birthday and I just knew I had to live here! It’s such a fun, vibrant city, there’s something for everyone. I chose Civil Engineering as I have always had an interest in building, structure and architecture. Although architecture really appeals to me, I wanted to understand how structures stood up, how they worked, and why.

I would recommend this course to anyone who wants a rewarding degree. I also wanted to choose a degree that would have a good chance of a job at the end of the course and Civil Engineers are in high demand. In the Masters year, your modules are completely optional. This year I am recreating Roman Concrete for my final year project and it is very interesting and I am enjoying managing my own time and getting messy in the labs. In the second year, we had a Civil Engineering and Built Environment trip to Berlin which was a lot of fun!

For my placement year, I used the careers service who were particularly helpful, they suggested improvements for my CV and interview techniques. My placement was with a structural engineering company called Hockley and Dawson, working as a Student Structural Engineer/ CAD technician.

For the first few months I was mainly creating drawings on AutoCAD for the engineers, which were then sent on to architects or the contractors. As my confidence grew, I began to attend site visits and monitor old, often listed buildings, taking photographs and measurements to use back in the office. I also carried out a few small extension and pile load calculations. The site visits were really beneficial as they made all the theory I had learnt at university make a lot more sense, being able to see it in “real-life”.

I would say that Brighton is a fabulous place to be and you will not regret it! As for Civil Engineering, it is a very interesting and stimulating course that keeps you on your toes. The world is always developing and changing and that’s what Civil Engineers are for.

Mariyana reaches for the sky

Our graduate, Mariyana Stoyanova is climbing the career ladder on what will be one of Europe’s tallest residential towers.

Mariyana has been employed as a Construction Graduate on Berkeley Group’s multi-million-pound South Quay Plaza development which includes a 20m swimming pool, spa and gymnasium, in Canary Wharf, London.

Mariyana Stoyanova

Mariyana was awarded a BA(Hons) Architecture at Brighton in 2014 and later an MSc in Construction Project Management and is now on Berkeley’s Graduate Scheme. So far she has worked in Sales and Marketing, Customer Services, Operations and Finance.

She said: “I had always thought I wanted to be an architect – it was my childhood dream – but during my degree I realised I was far more interested in the construction process itself, in terms of how we put things together and more importantly how we manage the process.

“Construction remains a very male-dominated field. Despite that, progressively more women are being employed in the industry. There are still not many well-known female role models in the industry but this did not stop me from pursuing a career in something I am passionate about and enjoy.

“Currently, I am working towards developing my skills and knowledge of the industry further. I am confident in coaching team members and managing colleagues, however I would like to gain more knowledge and experience in managing projects in the construction industry in a disciplined and effective way. My ambitions lie in one day having gained the knowledge and skills required to manage a whole project.

“During my Architecture degree, I found myself predominantly designing residential properties despite the open briefs – this wasn’t intentional, it was just what I found most engaging and interesting. This led me to research and learn more about the industry and the more knowledge I gained, the more interested I became.

“Attending a careers fair at university is an easy and effective way of finding what employers have to offer to those leaving university. Employers tend to attend because they are looking to recruit, providing a great opportunity to secure employment prior to leaving university.”

Mariyana described her Berkeley’s job as: “Exciting, engaging and rewarding, allowing me to work with motivated, passionate and dedicated colleagues.”

And of the company’s graduate scheme, she said: “I feel like the amount of exposure, experience and knowledge I have gained during my short time at Berkeley so far will be undoubtedly very beneficial further down the line. The work I get involved in is so varied and provides numerous learning and development opportunities, which I believe will be essential for my career progression.”