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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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.”

University of Brighton CIOB student awards

Each year the local centre of the Chartered Institute of Building present the student with the highest marked dissertation in Construction Management or Project Management for Construction with an award for excellence.

This year two graduating students received the award as they achieved the joint highest mark.  Josh Warby and Michael Smith were presented with their award by Centre Chairman, Paul Hawkings at the recent BIM CPD event at the University.

Congratulations to Josh and Mike on their achievement!

Mike recieving his award

Mike recieving his award

Josh recieving his award

Josh recieving his award

Award winning paper

Congratulations to Yahya Ibraheem for winning the SEEDS 2016 Award for Contribution to the Built Environment” at the International SEEDS conference 2016 in Leeds this month.

Yahya won the award for his paper title “Integrated Façade System for office buildings in hot and arid climates: A comparative analysis”.

Yahya is studying for his PhD here at Brighton on the subject of integrated façade systems for highly to full glazed office buildings in hot and arid climates.

Well done Yahya!


Scott scoops top award!

Scott Dalton, studying Civil Engineering MEng, beat off competition from around the country to win a national award.

Scott took the Construction, Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year title, sponsored by Laing O’Rourke, the international engineering, construction and asset management company.

The finals of National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2016, organised by TARGETjobs, were held in London’s Canary Wharf and TV journalist and newsreader Fiona Bruce was on hand to present Scott’s award.

PHOTO: left to right - John O’Connor, Laing O’Rourke’s Group Director for Human Capital, Scott Dalton and Fiona Bruce.

PHOTO: left to right – John O’Connor, Laing O’Rourke’s Group Director for Human Capital, Scott Dalton and Fiona Bruce.

Scott, whose prize is an all-expenses paid international summer work placement on the Motiongate theme park project with Laing O’Rourke in Dubai, started work as one of Hyder Consulting’s youngest-ever employees before leaving to study. Since then he has spent time on placements with EM Highways and most recently Balfour Beatty’s central Health & Safety team.

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