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.

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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Explore our labs

If you haven’t had the chance to visit us you can still get a feel for what it’s like as a student here.

You can take a look around our specialist civil engineering labs and see the sort of equipment our students use:

And if you want to speak to a current student to find out what it’s really like to study here, chat online brighton.ac.uk/chat

You can also speak to other applicants to find out what they think by visiting The Student Room, and take a look at the accommodation options online.

 

Enrol online

Congratulations to everyone who’s received an offer. If you’ve had your place confirmed, you’ll be able to enrol from today.

There are a few things to do before you get here, including the first stage of your enrolment and getting started with your email account and course materials.

Once you’ve enrolled online, you’ll also be able to see all the essential details about your course, including your start date, welcome events and a draft timetable.

Find out more about what you need to do before you start.

See you soon!

Welcome to all of our new students!

When your place has been confirmed you officially become a University of Brighton student!

Keep an eye on your inbox as we’ll be keeping in touch with you by email to let you know more about:

  • activating your university user account and logging on to our online learning environment: student central
  • how to access pre-arrival information, check your start date and view our handy online guide to help prepare you for uni 
  • our advice for new students as there’s lots to think about before starting uni – you’ll receive more in the post about this too in our Get Ready Guide
  • organising your accommodation: if you’re still looking for somewhere to live we can offer plenty of support and advice
  • organising your student finance and making a budget
  • joining a Facebook group for students on your campus.

You can also follow results day reactions on our Instagram Stories. Tag us in your celebrations @uniofbrighton to be featured.

Explore your options through Clearing

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, on  Wednesday 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.

Find out more and book your place here.

Hands-on science for Brighton students

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