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

National award for our school

A commitment to promote the careers of women has won the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology (SET) a national award.

SET has received a Bronze Award from the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter which was established in 2005 to encourage efforts to advance women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

A Silver Award was achieved by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), run jointly by the universities of Brighton and Sussex. The awards are valid for four years during which both schools will implement a robust action plan to progress gender equality in their schools. The schools join the University of Brighton’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science in holding a school level Athena SWAN award.

Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group and is University of Brighton’s Gender Equality Champion.  She said: “We are very proud that both SET and BSMS have been formally recognised for their commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze and Silver awards respectively.

“The awards are a tribute to the hard work of the many staff in putting strategies in place to support gender equality, and the genuine institutional commitment to this endeavour.” Read More

Try out teaching on a paid summer internship. Apply by 13 May.

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.

To find out more and apply by 13 May visit: www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/internship

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. The varied and diverse career journeys illustrate the huge range of talent that we welcome at the University of Brighton.

From civil engineering and construction read these profiles


Dr Heidi Burgess – Managing Flood Risk

Dr Heidi Burgess, a Chartered Civil Engineer, brings together different disciplines to reduce flood risk as climate changes is causing more people to be at risk from flood events.

Della Madgwick – A Passion for Housing
Della graduated from university with a degree in Civil Engineering and went on to forge a long career as a professional in the Built Environment. She has presented research at COBRA, the world’s leading annual construction building and real estate conference, and has recently been appointed as Chair of the Subject Area Review for the Built Environment at the University.

Time’s up on waste

The University of Brighton is hosting an exhibition and seminars at a global design and build show dedicated to promoting sustainability and slashing waste.

Ecobuild 2018, the largest free-to-attend show of its kind in the world, runs from 6 March at ExceL London and comprises three days of talks, presentations, workshops and debates engaged with waste as a global issue. Read More

A flood of interest from engineering students

First year civil engineering students took a close-up look at £31m defences being constructed to protect against floods and future sea level rises.

They were taken on a tour of the Adur Tidal Walls scheme which is being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council.

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My placement at UC Build

Sami Farhat
BSc (Hons) Project Management for Construction

“The year-out placement was a great decision! Taking on the role of Trainee Construction Manager with UC Build, I have improved my skills and already moved a step up in the construction industry. I have been a member of the UC Build Project Construction Management Team and really learned how to communicate with others regarding the job and increased my knowledge greatly. Working on different projects, including Waitrose in Haywards Heath and Capital Space Office Blocks in Kent, has been invaluable. I highly recommend every student not to miss the opportunity of a sandwich-year placement and to update their CV with such an unforgettable experience in life.”

My placement at Transport for London

David Roddy
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

“Taking a year out on placement is the best decision I have ever made in my path towards becoming an engineer. Working with Transport for London (TFL), not only have I gained valuable experience and training, but have been able to make significant progress into my professional development, signing off a quarter of the attributes required to become a Chartered Engineer and producing evidence for attaining EngTech status at the end of my placement year. I’d say my main take away from this experience is to trust my ability to handle responsibility. When I first started I was nervous about having ownership of a project; now I have managed, or am currently managing, 7 projects with long term impacts and deliverables.”