Final year students from across our Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, and Chemistry courses took a trip to the beach this week to collect grab samples of bathing water from seven sites between Brighton Palace Pier and Brighton Marina.
The trip was part of a water and health module and was to look at how water quality varies.
The samples were taken back to our Category 2 microbiology lab for analyses which involved the students filtering the samples for different groups of faecal indicator bacteria originating from different source such as wild birds, dogs and humans.
The concentration of these microorganisms gives us an indication of the likely level of risk to water users. The students will collect additional samples and to analyse over the next two weeks so they can see how water quality changes from week to week as well as from site to site.
For the first afternoon at University we had fun providing creative designs for our Solar Decathlon Project designing environmentally friendly houses for Brighton and Hungary. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the students surpassed our own expectations and great team spirit was in abundance.
Lecturers from our school, Della Madgwick, Dr Ruoyo Jin and Dr Mahmood Alam, travelled to Debrecen, Eastern Hungary in September to meet with Dr Kalmar Ferenc and his colleagues at our Partner University to discuss plans for our Solar decathlon project. Read More →
In August Dr Hannah Wood presented at the International Council For Research and Innovation in Construction: Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health, and Wellbeing in Construction conference, in Salvador, Brazil. The conference was attended by academics and industry professional from all over the world.
The paper presented was a continuation of work undertaken by MSc Project Management for Construction student (now graduate) , Jodie Collison, and was co-written by supervisors Dr Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo, Dr Kevin Wyche and Dr Hannah Wood.
The paper focused on the huge potential for women to work as construction professionals, which would help with the skills gap the industry currently faces. However, in discussion with women currently working in industry, it is clear there are a number of factors that both deter women from joining the industry in the first place as a career choice, or lead to women leaving the industry before progressing to more senior roles.
The paper presented a number of recommendations to improve recruitment, retention and progression of female construction professionals, with particular emphasis on flexibility and support around career breaks and caring responsibilities. This would not only benefit women in construction, but everyone in the industry.
To help you get the best start as a student here, we’ve put together some online activities called Hit The Ground Running.
Taking part in this programme isn’t compulsory and it’s not a test, it’s just a good way to prepare yourself for your studies and get to know your way around our online learning platform, studentcentral.
The activities will include tips for getting ready to study with us and help put you in touch with current students who can answer any questions you may have about the uni or your course.
You’ll be able to access this area the day after you enrol online, by logging in to studentcentral and clicking on the Hit The Ground Running banner on the home page.
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, onWednesday 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.