Shannon Cresswell

Helping to change perceptions of construction sector

A University of Brighton student is one of four regional winners who will be representing the South East region in the finals of a major national property and construction awards.

Shannon Cresswell, a BSc (Hons) Project Management for Construction  student came away with one of the top prizes at the recent Women In Property South East regional awards and will be one of 14 regional finalists from across the UK at the national final on 18 September.

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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

COBRA 2018

Della Madgwick, Principal Lecturer in the Built Environment, has been awarded with the RICS Best Real Estate Paper Award for her paper written with ex-Building Surveying Student David Ball entitled

‘Improving Opportunities through self/ custom  build to provide home ownership in the South East.’

She was presented the award by Stephen Pryke Professor of Supply
Chain and Project Networks, The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL. The conference was attended by delegates from a global network and the papers were judged on quality, clarity and impact.

Frognal Farm Survey

Final year Building Surveying students have undertaken a survey of Frognal Farmhouse a grade II listed building. The survey was cancelled earlier on in the year due to snow and this time we had the most glorious weather.

Students are providing a professional survey to point out the presence and significance of any defects. They will receive feedback from a professional listed building Surveyor to ensure their work meets a professional standard.

Construction Live – Plant training

As part of the level 4 Built Environment field course to Construction Live, students were given the opportunity to drive and operate various types of plant on site, including dumper trucks, 360 excavators and telehandler forklifts.  This was all carried out under the supervision of qualified instructors in safe conditions but gave the students a real insight into the skill necessary to operate this type of machinery effectively.

Construction Live 2018

First Year Built Environment Students are at Bridgewater and Taunton College for the Construction Live Programme. They have taken part in bricklaying, carpentry, drainage, water supply works and steel fixing.

The students had the opportunity to drive plant, to fix a beam and block floor and to build brick walls with lime mortars.

This challenging programme enables them to apply some of their theoretical skills into practice.

 

 

 

Women in Property award presentation

On Monday the 19th of February I gave my presentation to the judging panel for the Women in Property (WiP) awards, having been nominated by Dr Hannah Wood, head of Building Surveying at the University of Brighton. The judging day for the South East region was held at Bouygues Head Quarters in Waterloo, myself and two other students from my university caught up in the lobby before my presentation.

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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.