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

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.

The Brighton design sketch

From the Waste House to the Living House…

…Brighton chosen for sustainable house build

 The University of Brighton has been chosen to compete in a global competition to design and build a house using new technologies and reclaimed materials.

Brighton is the only UK university to be shortlisted in the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial ‘Solar Decathlon Europe’ contest which challenges teams of students and staff to combine innovation, market potential, and efficiency.

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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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Shoreham Adir Tidal Wall Scheme visit

A group of students visited the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme as part of the Civil Engineering Practice module. We saw sections of the £31m flood defence scheme carried out by Mackley, working as part of Team Van Oord, to improve the flood defences at along the mouth of river Adur at Shoreham. The scheme addresses the current flood risk, and future risk as sea levels rise.

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Clay’s Lake Dam site visit

Our first year civil engineering students enjoyed a site visit to Clay’s Lake Dam and Flood Detention Reservoir on Wednesday last week.  The visit was organised in partnership with J T Mackley & Co Ltd, who are carrying out the flood prevention work at Clay’s Lake as part of Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Here is a bird’s-eye view of the site

 

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.”